BID supports We're Backing Newport campaign

07/01/2020

Newport Now Business Improvement District (BID) is supporting the South Wales Argus’ We’re Backing Newport campaign.

The BID will be managing more than £1.3 million worth of investment in the city centre over the next five years, building on their success of the last five years which has seen the BID play an increasingly significant role on behalf of city centre businesses. 

BIDs are private, not for profit companies financed by businesses in the areas in which they operate via an annual levy.

Zep Bellavia, Chair of the BID Board, said: “The BID is really pleased to see the Argus relaunching the We’re Backing Newport campaign.

“We were fully supportive of the original campaign in 2016 and it will have our full backing in 2020. This is an important year for Newport and the BID.

“A huge amount of improvement and regeneration work is under way or about to start in the city centre, from the Chartist Tower to the indoor market, from the former sorting office on Mill Street to new residential development on Commercial Street. We are also looking forward to seeing the Argus move back into the city centre.

“The BID starts its second five-year term in April, and this will see us extend the Newport Now area into Clarence Place, Millennium Walk, Rodney Parade, and parts of Clytha Park Road and Mill Street.

“Businesses in Newport have a shared ambition and passion for the city centre, and we are sure they will want to back the campaign.

“Nobody pretends Newport does not have its problems but many of these – rough sleeping and the changing face of the high street in particular – are UK-wide issues that we all have a role in tackling.

“But there is also plenty to shout about in our city, and if the city centre’s businesses – most of whom are independent family firms – don’t lead that shouting, then who will?”

Since its operations began in 2015, Newport Now has delivered a number of safety, cost-saving and promotional projects – all aimed at increasing footfall and improving the general business environment in the city centre.

These include a seven-days-a-week Ambassadors service, shopfront improvement grants, savings advisory service, a gift card that can only be spent in the city centre, and events such as the Christmas lights switch-on and Record Store Day. The BID also provides its members with a strong lobbying voice on issues such as business rates and anti-social behaviour.

Newport Now BID is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and its board of volunteer directors is drawn from levy-paying businesses.

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