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Norwich BID celebrates ‘Yes vote’ to run for another 5-years

picWe are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been elected to work for Norwich and the city’s businesses for another 5 years, after a fantastic 94% of businesses, and 97% of rateable value voted ‘yes’ in the June ballot. The team would like to say a huge thank you to every business who voted in the ballot, and for putting your trust in us for a third term.  

Norwich BID launched in 2012 and we've been working for Norwich - on behalf of over 700 businesses who pay the BID Levy - during this time. Throughout our last 10 years, we've delivered a diverse, comprehensive and successful programme of projects and strategy for Norwich: promoting the city to businesses, creating a welcoming experience and delivering a full calendar of events and festivals, as well as setting up sustainable initiatives, drawing in investment, representing the needs of Norwich businesses on regional and national stages. Now, we look ahead to 2027, during which time we are looking forward to delivering the progress, change and advocacy that you have asked for.

Our plans for the next 5-years include: 

  • Growing tourism and residential overnight stays and day visits to Norwich through VisitNorwich: the official tourism body for the local area.  
  • Running tourism marketing and PR campaigns to nationally raise awareness of Norwich and Norfolk and build new audiences for the destination. As well as positively building recognition and use of the Norwich, the City of Stories brand. 
  • Bringing the award-winning Love Light Norwich Festival to Norwich in 2024. 
  • Launching 8 permanent ‘Norwich, the City of Stories’ book bench installations, two light sculptures and 50 wayfinding ‘miniliths’ in the city centre. 
  • Continuing the valuable work delivered by the Norwich City Hosts team. 
  • Launching ‘Work in Norwich’: a new commercial campaign for the city to bring more business and talent into Norwich. 
  • Continuing working with local partners to tackle begging and rough sleeping. 
  • Supporting Norwich in lobbying, partnerships, and research, alongside the Norwich BID Transport Strategy, to ensure that access, congestion, and transport for the city centre is in line with the needs of the business community and city users. 
  • Continuing work on crime reduction with the Alert and DISC Business Crime Initiatives. 
  • Continuing to support third party large events through sponsorship. 
  • Delivery of the Upcycle Your Waste project giving businesses in Norwich the opportunity to adopt a circular waste practise. 

Stefan Gurney, executive director, Norwich BID said: “I am extremely proud that Norwich businesses have shown such confidence in their BID and voted with such an overwhelming ‘yes’ for another 5-year term. The whole BID team is honoured to work on behalf of local businesses, and all of us are hugely grateful for the support we’ve been shown over the last month. Now, we are looking forward to delivering the change, progress and support that we know businesses here want: focus on tourism and inward investment, improvements to the city centre experience, and acting as an advocate for their needs on issues such as planning, net zero, and transport. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to fill in their ballot paper, and for putting your trust in us for another 5 years.”
 
Paul Mcarthy, chair, Norwich BID said: “I’m delighted that the majority of businesses continue to value the contribution made by the Norwich BID and have voted in favour of a third term and a special thank you goes to the Norwich BID team who have worked so hard to secure the renewal.  The new five-year business plan builds on the great work already achieved and gives our fine city the very best opportunity to be a place that increasing numbers of visitors, workers and businesses experience, enjoy and thrive within.”  

Andrew Dernie, Head of IT Finance Operations, Aviva, said: “In electing our successful, inspiring, award-winning Norwich BID for a third term, businesses have given the BID Team the green light to realise their ambitious plans. I am thrilled and excited that our BID team now have the opportunity to drive forward the vitality of the city with another compelling offer for businesses and the people who live, work and visit Norwich. Congratulations to Stefan and the team and I look forward to the stories and memories they will create and inspire.” 

Tessa Haskey, Partner, Howes Percival LLP said: “I am thrilled that the BID has been elected for a third term.  The BID has made a consistently positive and profound impact on the city.  I am really excited to see how the BID will continue to improve Norwich over the coming term for all of us.  I can’t wait to be a part of that.” 
 
Our aims are spread across 3 key areas: improving the city centre experience, promoting the city as a stand-out destination in which to live, work and visit, and to be the voice of Norwich businesses on key local and national issues. 
 
We will commence our new 5-year working plan from 1 November 2022 which will include delivering the above objectives and more, through ambitious initiatives and careful investment of their £5m income over the next five years.