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Exeter Chamber of Commerce has announced its support of the new InExeter Business Improvement District (BID) business plan, which was released earlier this month.
The business plan summarises the past five years of work and investment that InExeter has made over since its inception as the business improvement district for the city in 2014. Over £2.4 million has been invested into projects and services to improve the city centre, including marketing and promotion of the city and its businesses, cleaning and other on-street improvements, city dressing, high footfall events, training and business services. The new plan sets to build on this impressive foundation from 2020-2025.
With a focus on yearly campaigns such as the Summer of Independents, Fashion and Beauty and Christmas outlined as well as key projects such as ‘Welcome and Safe’, ‘Clean up’, ‘Safe and Secure’ and ‘Looking after Business’ the plan sets out activities in response to consultation with the city’s business. InExeter is set to increase its footprint, meeting requests from businesses on Magdalen Road, Longbrook Street and New North Road to be included in the area.
Exeter Chamber of Commerce chair Mark Pellow said: “In 2015 Exeter Chamber of Commerce spearheaded the ‘vote yes’ campaign that brought the Business Improvement District to the city. It has been fantastic to see how the BID has developed over its first term and as a Chamber we are excited to see it develop further over the next five years. InExeter has delivered enormous benefit to the city and providing a focus and strategy for the future of the city centre.”
Mr. Pellow continues: “Exeter businesses benefit greatly from the BID funding. With further access to enhanced cleansing for businesses as well as commercial waste disposal opportunities, and schemes such as energy saving and cost reduction, bulk purchase insurance scheme and a waste cardboard initiative the funding is incredibly important for the city. Not only do businesses benefit from such schemes but the city has also seen a huge improvement to its city dressing, through hanging baskets to Exeter’s spectacular Christmas lights which sees thousands flock to the city each year.”
Ann Hunter, InExeter manager, said: “It is wonderful to have the support of Exeter Chamber of Commerce. With so many business members, the Chamber is an important voice in the city and one we are pleased to be working alongside.”
If successful, InExeter’s second term will begin in April 2020 and run for five years. For more information regarding the ballot this autumn, visit www.inexeter.com
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