With the support of Savills Place-Shaping & Marketing, businesses in Crawley town centre have voted in favour for a Business Improvement District (BID).

68% of businesses voted in favour of the BID by number, with 73% in favour by rateable value, representing a 35% turnout in total.

The successful vote will see over £2 million invested into the BID area over the next five years. The funds will be spend on a range of projects and initiatives which help to create a thriving town centre. 

Chair of the Crawley Town Centre BID, Neil Cooper, said “There is huge potential for Crawley to develop its own distinct offer and proposition and so we are delighted that businesses in the area have voted in favour of a BID. By working in collaboration with businesses and forming strong partnerships, the BID can make a positive difference. With the support of Savills, we have assessed the needs of businesses and look forward to delivering the exciting projects lined up for the next five years".

Research with businesses in the area identified a number of improvements for the area focused around crime, safety, promotion, marketing, accessibility and business networking. 

The BID will now focus on preparing to commence its delivery from 1st April 2020.

Paul Clement, director, head of place-shaping at Savills said "This successful ballot result opens up great opportunities for local businesses to act on solutions for the future of their town centre. Up and down the country BIDs are making a real difference not only to businesses that fund them, but to those who live, work and visit in BID locations. With over 320 BIDs nationally, Crawley businesses have embraced the model as the most appropriate to progress their town centre”.