Businesses have voted yes to set up a new partnership which will raise £3m to spend on improving Norwich for traders, shoppers and tourists.

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The yes vote to the creation of a Norwich Business Improvement District has been hailed by bosses. who say it will be a real shot in the arm for the vitality of the city.

Of the businesses who voted, 79pc by number and 91pc by rateable value voted yes.

Today’s ballot count was carried out at City Hall this morning, with a turnout of 30.7pc.

The creation of a Business Improvement District (BID) - taking in the majority of Norwich city centre, will see £3m raised over the next five years through an annual one per cent levy on the rateable value of businesses over £15,000 within the BID area.

A board will now be set up to decide how to spend the money, but proposals put forward in the business plan for the BID include:

• Marketing initiatives to help promote Norwich to new visitors and investors

• Collaborative buying power to help business save money

• Making the city safer

• A stronger voice for business

Peter Mitchell, chairman of Norwich BID and group managing director at Jarrold’s, said: “The support and yes votes have turned this exciting opportunity into a reality for Norwich.

“Although it is a tough economic climate, Norwich businesses have voted to spend £3m on initiatives that will make a real difference to the vitality of the city centre. “A big ‘thank you’ to all the local businesses that worked tirelessly to make this a success. The yes vote will allow our local businesses to take ownership and deliver more success for our city centre.”

The yes vote marks the culmination of more than a year’s campaigning to get the BID off the ground.

See tomorrow’s Evening News and EDP for reaction to the yes vote.

19 comments

  • id spend more in the shopsmarket if i knew i had not paid £3 or £5 on parking.billie is always correct i find.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • nrg, theres also loads of places where yellow line can be removed, if you go back and look at photos of the 70s cars were parked everywhere with no problems

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    billytheolympicbookie

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • thanks for putting me right nrg.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • worm, all the cash raised in GY goes to the gold plated pensions ones chrimbo party times. The post-Consumerism cometh, unless you're gold plated civil servant,bbc employee, rewarded bankster, climate hot air blower and other brown nosed creatures from the past 40 years.From once upon-time "we're never had it so good"to "no more boom and bust". forever just bust, until the ordinary guy gains proper power.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • thats why i like watching old BERGERACS and THE SWEENEY to see street scenes of my youth.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Albert, there is no money...yet.. Only 30 per cent voted out of all the businesses. The resounding majority sad thanks, but no thanks.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • All you got to do is have FREE PARKING, everywhere will then be 10 % better and it don't cost nothing to set up

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    billytheolympicbookie

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • In this tough economic climate (never ending recession) I wonder how many who have signed up will still be trading in a years time let alone five.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Have you thought your idea out fully billy??? I foresee probs with that one buddy...don't cha think that Dave and chums would've been on the case with that one, if ending all our economic woes rested on free parking being introduced.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • worm, I try not to put people right, rather gently nudge....unless they're oblivious to the ble*ding obvious (politicians and other control freaks) then a good verbal kicking usually corrects their hard of thinking trait

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    nrg

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Start charging cylists for using the road. £5 per year and they get a sticker to display on their bike. Why should they use the roads for free and clog up everywhere and get in way of the motorists who DO pay tax. Government could raise tONS of money that way especially on fining people with no stickers. HA

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    doug1

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • Free parking is of course available t*ys R us, no need to be an Olympic sprinter 90mins...simples....peeps are holding on to their cash, it's official....it's whats lurking around the corner that worries most peeps.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • I don't think we need any more people in the city centre. It is always jam packed busy as far as I can tell. Well it is when I am trying to get home from work on the bus everyday anyway

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    doug1

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • FREE PARKING ! no new initiatives required

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • billy, commuters would fill the freebies, thus defeating the object...those far off days of park up and nip in have gone, the shops have gone (butchers,bakers blah,blah) many of the people who used such shops are long gone or cabbages in homes. What we have now is the 'shopping experience' cloned from anywhere UK Ltd, be it blue water or westfield or even our very own mall and the other thingy for the sheeple.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • I could offer to make the sandwiches. A standard option of three. Cheese and tomoato, tuna and ham would be a good option.

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    Whiley Boy

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

  • Where in the world does the money come from !

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • When this recession ends we'll be rolling around in our £50 notes again wondering what all the fuss was about. Until then however, free parking would indeed encourage the storm battered consumer back into the purchase of the bygone era of the mid to late nineties. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • free parking--especially in Yarmouth and especially on a Sunday.Its a depressed area so why charge so much?

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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