Hammersmith businesses have overwhelmingly supported the continuation of the town centre’s Business Improvement District (BID) by voting for another five years.
HammersmithLondon recorded its highest ever turnout for a ballot as businesses sent a positive message and a strong seal of approval by voting for a third term of the BID in Hammersmith. This gives HammersmithLondon a strong mandate as it continues to deliver further projects and improvements to the town centre until at least 2021.
78% of those polled were in favour by rateable value, 72% of all votes cast, with a turnout of 61%.
The Hammersmith BID has been in operation for 10 years and during that time has invested £7.4million into the area through the delivery of additional services and projects that have improved the working and trading environment. These have included festive lights and the Christmas tree, an ever expanding Summer Festival, the Privilege discount card, extra police patrols and a dedicated CCTV operator, enhanced greening and a free recycling service.
In its third term the BID plans to invest a further £3.7million and to continue to deliver and expand upon these successful and popular programmes by expanding the events programme to draw people into the area, promoting new shopping habits so that Hammersmith stays competitive, embracing mobile technology such as the new Hammersmith App, improving the carbon footprint through green projects and infrastructure, ensuring Hammersmith’s safety through the award-winning Business Crime Partnership, and promoting Corporate Social Responsibility by forging relationships between businesses and charities.
BID Director, Patricia Bench, said: “The BID would like to thank the business community for their encouragement and support and for giving us such a strong mandate to start our third term with.
“We are absolutely delighted with the result as it demonstrates that the BID has compiled a business plan that truly reflects the wants and needs for the area as decided by local businesses. It is also a testament to the amount of hard work the BID team put into engaging with Hammersmith’s businesses.”
The ballot was run independently by Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Electoral Services.