Bradford College has reiterated its support for the campaign to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) in the city centre as the ballot is set to open.
Dawn Leak, Director of Employer Responsiveness at Bradford College, says the BID is an “exciting project” and she is urging business owners to “Vote Yes!” when the ballot papers are issued this week.
The BID project, which would deliver £2.5 million of improvements over five years, goes to a ballot from September 13 to October 11, when more than 630 businesses and other city-centre based organisations will be asked to vote in favour of a levy of up to 1.25 per cent on their business rates. The proceeds would be spent on four key “pillars” – Safe, Clean, Alive and Promoted – to improve the safety, cleanliness, vitality and marketing of Bradford’s retail heart.
“Bradford College is an integral part of Bradford both as a community and as a business,” said Ms Leak.
“We welcome the opportunity to be part of Bradford's future investment and we want the College to be seen as a safe, welcoming and a great place to learn,” said Ms Leak.
“The city has a lot to offer and if the BID can make Bradford clean, safe and a lively, vibrant place to visit, shop and enjoy its long heritage, then the bid will be worth the investment that businesses put in.
“We want our students to come and study in a vibrant city that has a lot to offer both in terms of work opportunities and social activities.
“Enhancing what Bradford has to offer will hopefully encourage our students from Bradford, and the surrounding areas, to choose the college to study at and enjoy what we have to offer.”