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Sutton Coldfield businesses not keen on Sutton Coldfield BID plans
Local businesses are skeptical over plans to make Sutton Coldfield Centre a BID.

Mike Bushell, the manager of Sutton Town Centre Partnership, hopes to turn the main trading area into a Business Improvement District, or BID. It would mean businesses from Sutton Coldfield centre up to Beeches Walk and Bishop Vesey School would pay an additional levy to fund improvements in the immediate area.

These could be for extra rubbish collecting, marketing on the centre or whatever else they may choose.

The plan has caused concern for many firms in these difficult times.

Pamel Wright, Classic Blinds and Interiors manager said: In the current climate its tough for independent businesses already. It should be the council that steps in, not businesses who are already struggling to stay open.

If they must go ahead, I would want to see investment in this end of Sutton not just the centre.

Mr Bushell will be distributing a questionnaire to all town centre businesses to get views on becoming a BID and where they feel investment is necessary.

Mr Bushell commented It will enormously improve the centre,Its proven to improve vacancy rates and encourage new businesses and with a strong infrastructure, it could spur on other projects in Sutton Coldfield 15 year plan such as Brassington Avenue.

But I cant do it on my own, I need to hear what businesses think.

The consultation period will last for a minimum of 12 months.


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Posted On:  21 January, 2011
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