Moving towards big vote for Chester


Staff reporter (Chester First)

THE application to hold a ballot to back a campaign to help boost Chester city centre has been submitted to Government business secretary Vince Cable.

The Business Improvement District (BID) is a group of businesses in Chester city centre which want to improve what goes on in the city. As part of their plans they have appointed Peter Lewis as city centre manager.

He has pledged to get Chester back into the top 30 shopping destinations within a year if the BID is voted through in June.

Businesses are asked to vote on whether they want to add an extra one per cent on top of their business rates to put towards the BID so it can invest in improvements within the city.

Paperwork has now been submitted, paving the way for the big vote in June when more than 500 businesses in Chester’s proposed BID area will decide to vote it through or kick it out.

Paul Daniels, chairman of CH1 Chester BID Company and managing director of thebestofchester, said: “Submitting our intention to hold a ballot is a critical part of the process so we’re very pleased to have reached this milestone.

“Now we need to focus on making sure all the businesses in the BID area know exactly what a BID will do for them and for the city.

“We’re hosting a Benefits of the BID event at the Palatine Room in Chester Town Hall on April 8 to outline some of the improvements that a BID would bring to Chester. We’d encourage all BID-area business owners and managers to attend.

“There are only three months to go before the ballot, but we’ve been delighted with the initial support we’ve received.

“We hope that, come June, the businesses will all pull together to vote Yes to a BID in Chester.”

To find out more about the CH1 Chester BID Company and the Benefits of the BID Event, visit

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