The team at Lincoln BIG is today celebrating a successful reballot, which has given the not-for-profit organisation the green light to continue supporting its levy payers for another five years.
This fantastic news means that BIG can now look to the future, while it is still in the throes of helping city businesses to prepare for what it is hoped will be their best-ever festive season.
About 850 levy payers in the city's Business Improvement District were able to cast their votes for BIG, which provides a wide range of services and events.
The outcome of the ballot was:
- 84 per cent of businesses which voted said Yes
- Together they represented a total Rateable Value of £23,991,850 (almost £24 million)
- There was a 53.2 per cent turnout.
BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: "We are delighted with the result, but also humbled by the support shown by businesses throughout the ballot process, and know we have a lot to live up to over the next five years.
"We are on the brink of a really exciting year for Lincoln - with the special Magna Carta Centre, which is part of the £22 million Lincoln Castle Revealed project, opening its doors in the spring.
"The ground is also being prepared for the Lincolnshire Bomber County Memorial, which is being built off Canwick Road, and the Lincoln Tank Memorial - which is due to installed on Tritton Road roundabout.
"All these exciting projects promise to increase footfall in Lincoln next year."
Against this backdrop, Lincoln BIG has published its business plan for 2015 to 2020. It contains ideas, including:
- A new loyalty scheme for city centre workers, offering deals and discounts
- The launch of a new business directory to encourage inter-trading between city centre businesses
- New software and handheld computers that will allow City Centre wardens to record incidents whilst on the street, with automatic geo location
- Development of the Walk and Ride service to improve access between arrival points, car parks and attractions
- Promotion and growth of the evening economy
- Continued lobbying for a city centre Park & Ride Scheme.
The full business plan can be seen on the Lincoln BIG website.