BUSINESSES on Winsford Industrial Estate are being asked if they want to see the Winsford 1-5 Business Improvement District (BID) continue for a fourth term after ballot papers were sent out earlier this week.

Since 2005, when businesses first said yes to a BID on Winsford Industrial Estate, there has been over £1.3 million of private sector investment delivered to position Winsford 1-5 as a flagship trading environment in the North West.

The ballot for casting votes closes at 5pm on Thursday, November 19 and the result will be announced the following day.

If successful, Winsford 1-5 BID 4 will commence on April 1 next year and run until March 31 2026. A no result will see the current BID cease all activity on March 31 2021.

That is something BID Programme Manager Jane Hough has urged business not to allow to happen and has outlined what will be lost if a yes vote isn’t returned in November.

"Businesses and their employees will miss out on so much if there isn’t a BID 4," said Jane.

"Dedicated security services and initiatives will go, the CCTV and ANPR system will be decommissioned, BID funded training courses to help upskill staff will come to an end and projects to improve the aesthetics of the estate will no longer take place.

"Crucially, given everything that has happened since March, businesses will also lose dedicated support with growth, access to grants and advice and guidance on key issues relating to local authority and main partners.

"We have seen first-hand how crucial it has been for businesses to know what help they could get access to during the Coronavirus pandemic, which the BID team continues to assist with.

"Losing this dedicated body to act as a collective voice could really hamper the future success of Winsford 1-5."

Chair of Winsford 1-5 BID, Pete Price, has backed up Jane’s comments and hopes businesses say yes to a fourth term to allow the estate to continue to grow and develop over the next five years.

He said: "We’ve seen the number of business units grow by 43% since the beginning of the BID but we’re not done there.

"We want to keep driving Winsford 1-5 forward to make it an even better place to work and do business.

"A yes vote will see over £500,000 of added value investment delivered to enhance Winsford 1-5 further by continuing to improve safety and security, ensuring employees have the chance to learn new skills through BID funded courses and working together with businesses to drive future development.

"There is no plan B for the future management of Winsford Industrial Estate if it’s a no."

The BID 4 proposal document, which outlines Winsford 1-5 BID’s aims and objectives as well as the three key themes they aim to deliver on, is available to view now on the Winsford 1-5 website.

Businesses are urged to review the proposal and cast their vote as soon as possible.

You can take a look at the proposal here: