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BID Ballot

Every five years all business ratepayers vote for the continuation of Lincoln BIG.


Lincoln BIG is a business in its own right, controlled by a board of directors drawn from city centre stakeholders. Every five years, business rate payers in the city centre are invited to vote for the continuation of Lincoln BIG for the next five years. All business ratepayers in the area have a vote on the proposals and to go ahead more than 50% of those who vote have to vote 'yes'.' Those in favour must also represent at least 50% of the rateable value of those who vote.

2019 was a reballot year for Lincoln BIG, and the result of the reballot was announced after its Annual General Meeting at Home Nightclub, in Park Street, Lincoln on 6th November 2019. 

The ballot revealed: 80 per cent of voting businesses said YES, together representing a total Rateable Value of £20,381,150 with a 49.15% turnout

This support means that the Business Improvement Group, which provides a diverse range of about 40 support services, can look forward to delivering the exciting raft of pledges outlined in its Business Plan for 2020-2025. Lincoln BIG will do that by spending just over £1 million a year (made-up of levy payers’ monies and other income generated) and focussing on three clear priorities – based on WELCOME, EXPERIENCE and VALUE. There are five actions for delivery in each category.

Welcome - maintain the warden and street management service, support the night-time economy, grow our security and safety support and develop initiatives to brighten the city’s streets.

Experience - deliver quality events, help to animate the city, act to raise Lincoln’s profile as a great shopping destination, manage public spaces and work with partners to ensure visitors leave having had a quality experience.

Value - continue promoting our BIG Bus and Car Park Deals, develop joint initiatives and cost-saving exercises with partners, aim to ensure easy access to the city centre, manage the Park and Ride Service and promote Lincoln’s uniqueness and identity.

File Name Description
Lincoln BIG Business Plan 2020 - 2025 (4MB)
Lincoln BIG Annual Report 2019-2020 (5MB)