THE final result on whether or not Enniskillen will become a Business Improvement District (BID) will be announced this Friday at the Fermanagh Herald Business Awards.
Since August, over 600 businesses in Enniskillen have been casting their votes on whether they pay a levy on top of their rates, which would be managed by them and used to pay for improvements in the town.
A task team made up of local businesses and organisations put together a comprehensive and detailed 28-page business plan to let businesses know what this money could be put towards – town improvements, marketing and much more – and what being a BID can do for them.
Over 350 businesses were also surveyed to determine whether there was an appetite for a BID. The results showed the majority were in favour of supporting strong coalition and collective working between businesses while also agreeing that collective marketing and promotion of Enniskillen is vital.
Six months of consultations on what businesses would like to see happening with the town also took place, raising issues around increasing footfall and spending within Enniskillen, the modernisation of public areas and enhancing the experience for visitors by developing tours and packages and establishing a year round promotional campaign.
The Enniskillen BID ballot closes tomorrow (Thursday) at 5pm so for anyone who has not voted they need to complete their yellow ballot papers and post today (Wednesday).
Noelle McAloon of Enniskillen BID says she is delighted with the positive response received from the businesses while they have been canvassing over the last six weeks.
The ballot will be announced at 5pm this Friday in Pat’s Bar, Enniskillen and all businesses owners are welcomed to come along to hear the result.
Enniskillen BID is delighted to be supporting the 2016 Fermanagh Herald Business Awards and look forward to celebrating the local business success being showcased on the night.
Posted: 1:16 pm October 12, 2016