BOURNEMOUTH Town Centre BID has won backing for another five-year term in a balllot of businesses.

Its chairman and chief operating officer have both welcomed the result giving the organisation a fresh mandate.

Martin Davies and Paul Kinvig said they were “exceptionally grateful” for the support of levy payers in the ballot, announced on Thursday.

Mr Kinvig said: “A very big thank you to all our levy payers who voted for a further five year term for the Bournemouth Town Centre BID.

“We recognise and are grateful for the support in these difficult and challenging times.

“Even though the new term does not start until July we will not be waiting until then to implement our business plan for the next five years. Work begins now and we are hitting the ground running.

“We are fully aware of the significant changes and challenges our town centre faces and will continue to face in the next few years.

“It is vital that we play our part, along with everyone else who has an interest in and a love for the town, so that we can help shape change, rather than be a victim of it.

“Our levy payers and our visitor surveys have given us a clear direction as to what is important to them, but also a clear direction for the local authority, statutory bodies and the commercial sector as to the strategy and activities they would like to see.

“It’s our job not only to work with our partners to facilitate real activity that makes a difference but also remain the voice of town centre business community.”

The ballot saw 75.6 per cent of voting businesses endorse the BID for a new five-year term.

There were 226 businesses voting – a turnout of 32.1 per cent.

The ballot rules require half the voting levy payers to endorse the bid, and also that the "yes" votes should represent a majority of the total rateable value of the voting businesses. The backing by rateable value came to 88.38 per cent.

The ballot was ratified with the assistance of BCP Council in conjunction with Civica Election Services.

The BID said its new Rapid Response Anti-Graffiti Team will be out in the town for the first time on Monday to clean up a number of sites where permission has been given by the site owners.

The BID is also spearheading the new multi agency Business Crime Reduction Partnership and will be bringing back a series of successful street across the town centre.

Mr Davies said: “We are committed to working with all our levy payers, stakeholders and partners to meet and surpass the challenges we will inevitably face together.

“And as we laid out in our Business Plan, with a new mandate, we can now move forward with a range of initiatives and proposals to help make Bournemouth town centre a vibrant, sustainable and experiential destination, where residents and visitors will want to come more often and stay for longer.”

BCP council deputy leader Cllr Philip Broadhead said “After two challenging years with the Covid-19 pandemic massively impacting retail outlets, we have seen the hugely beneficial impact of the Bournemouth Town Centre BID on our town's prosperity.

“The Town Centre BID remains a key element of our strategy for developing Bournemouth's town centre, ensuring longevity and prosperity for the area.

“This will see Bournemouth and its varied array of businesses continue to receive key support in the coming months and years, and hopefully enable us to welcome new businesses to our burgeoning town centre.’’

The Town Centre BID was first established in 2012 with a second successful ballot in 2017.