Supporting Weston Businesses

Working together to make Weston a great place in which to work, live and visit.

ABOUT US

The Weston Business Improvement District (BID) has been in operation since 2012 and is delivered through Weston Town Centre Partnership Ltd, which is a non-profit organisation limited by guarantee, set up in 1998.

The BID area covers Weston Town Centre and works with c. 400 Voting Levy Payers.

Businesses with a rateable value of £7,500 and over within the defined area pay, 1.5% levy based on their rateable value.

Weston town centre businesses voted in favour to renew the BID in 2016 and 2021 and BID3 will run until March 2027.

Weston BID works in close partnership with North Somerset Council and Weston Town Council.

THE OPERATIONAL TEAM

Paul Batts Chairperson Weston BID
Steve Townsend Town Centre/BID Manager
Beverley Tucker Assistant Town Centre Manager
Jeanie Thompson Business Crime Reduction Manager

 

The Operational team is supported by a voluntary Board of Directors, an Executive Committee and a BID Steering Group.

GOVERNANCE AND LEGAL

  • BID Levy Letters/Annual Reports
  • Annual Accounts
  • Minutes

CURRENT BID3

Our third term officially started from the 1st April 2022 and we’re here to support our incredible business community here in Weston.

Huge thanks to everyone who voted delivering a 68% majority in favour, and to all those who have been part of our journey.

Weston Business Crime Reduction Initiative (WBCRI)

WBCRI Radio link scheme is managed by Weston Town Centre Partnership, and currently has schemes running in Weston-super-Mare, Nailsea, Portishead & Clevedon.

The scheme provides local business (day & night) with a handheld digital radio, with permanent talk through capability. This means that members can communicate with each other, Street Wardens (Weston), the CCTV Control Room, and Police. Information regarding crime, disturbances, and nuisances are transmitted, and members can also use the scheme to request assistance from others.

The scheme is managed by our Business Crime Reduction Manager who administers our incident recording data base, co-ordinates intelligence sharing meetings and provides training and support.  The cost to join the initiative and rent a handset is £8:00 per week.

PROJECTS

Street Wardens – Patrolling the BID area 7 days per week, 364 days a year. Tackling crime, anti-social behaviour, reducing stock loss and assisting businesses wherever we can.

DISC – provision of bespoke crime database where incidents are loaded to a central system.

Provision, maintenance and watering of floral displays.

MARKETING & EVENTS

Placemaking

We are one of four Place Agency members who have agreed to combine marketing & communications budgets to fund a shared resource to coordinate activity – over £100,000 in year one.

  • Share the branding and collateral with local businesses and organisations and manage/monitor the brand to maintain high-quality standards, reporting concerns to the Place Agency.
  • Develop and share further resources e.g., additional images and templates.
  • Engage further appropriate partners in this activity to increase the budget for campaigns.
  • Agree on the marketing identity which the Place Agency should adopt for its campaigns and develop messaging and collateral around this.
  • Work with Place Agency partners to develop and deliver a detailed 1-year marketing and communications plan as part of a high-level 3-year plan.
  • Design and deliver at least 2 national-level campaigns and 2 regional campaigns in the 1st year to reach the agreed target markets.
  • Develop and deliver partner communications, sharing news and information, details of activity, successes, and opportunities for engagement.
  • Work with Place Agency members; residents; businesses; and organisations to generate content for campaigns and messaging platforms.
  • Maintain, develop, and update the Super Weston website and social media channels.
  • Work with event organisers to maximise promotional opportunities for the town.

FOOTFALL

We have four sensors that allow us to gather anonymised data to provide unique visitor counts in key locations within the town.

Our placemaking teams can access the data to gather insights on visitor behaviour, identifying areas of high and low footfall providing quantitative insights for future activities, development and support funding bids.

BUSINESS SUPPORT

Cost reduction

Business cost reduction saving our levy payers thousands by facilitating the switch to cheaper utility deals and tariffs with our partner Greenest Energy South West.

Social Media

Promotion of Weston levy paying businesses via social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – all co-ordinated by our marketing experts at Morledge &Co.

Get in touch

Address:
The Sovereign, BS23 1HL

Street Wardens – 07725 839234

Steve Townsend, Town Centre Partnership & BID – 07845 736840
steve.townsend@wsmtcp.co.uk

Beverley Tucker, Town Centre Partnership, BID & Highways – 07776 170229
beverley.tucker@n-somerset.gov.uk

Jeanie Thompson, Radio Link – 07890 694678
jeanie.thompson@wsmtcp.co.uk

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