With just over a month to go until voting in the Lincoln BIG Ballot closes, it is business as usual for the BIG team.
We remain firmly focused on our busy events programme, overseeing the city's special markets, managing bus and car parking deals, looking after security group matters and more - to ensure Lincoln is a great place to be during the day and after dark.
As the ballot gathers pace, it is good to know that the City of Lincoln Council's Executive Committee recognises the "significant value" in what we do, and that the authority will vote "YES" for the continuation of the Business Improvement Group.
The council is a Lincoln BIG levy payer in its own right. Leader Councillor Ric Metcalfe said: "Their (Lincoln BIG's) work contributes significantly to the council's priority of growing the local economy, and also with the priorities identified in the city's growth Strategy for 2014-2034.
"I hope city centre business will vote to continue this work as, without Lincoln BIG, it would be extremely difficult for any other organisation to build on or even continue the success the group has achieved."
Lincolnshire County Council has also pledged a "YES" vote.
Other levy payers who will be voting "YES" include:
- Mark Hollingworth (Flowers by Suzanne): "The BIG has provided unprecedented support for the independent Bailgate traders over the past few years. I don't know what we would do without the Lincoln BIG team."
- Dawn Sendall (Royal William IV - Licensee): "I feel Lincoln BIG is an absolutely essential part of Lincoln's development for the next five years."
- Linda Wardale (Yellowbellys of Bailgate): "Lincoln BIG helps to make the city look attractive, organises vibrant events and brings people into the Uphill area, giving them an opportunity to visit my shop."
- Richard Baxter (Goodies of Lincoln): "Without Lincoln BIG we wouldn't have such good events throughout the city and such a great atmosphere."
During the last five years Lincoln BIG has invested £6.5 million in the city centre. Some £1.6m has been funded by the BID levy (funded by a levy on business rates of on per cent of rateable values). The remainder was generated by BIG.
A "YES" in the Ballot would give Lincoln BIG a further five-year mandate. Voting closes at 5pm on November 4.