BID Re-Vote 2021

Newry BID (Business Improvement District)
is coming to the end of Term One in March 2021.

Newry BID has been in operation in the city centre for five years. In February and March, 2021 members will have an opportunity to vote on whether they wish to retain this service or not.

Over the last five years’ BID has been instrumental in delivering business support, lobbying, cleaning, training, problem-solving, and improvement works in the city centre. Our work has become even more important as businesses deal with the fallout of a global pandemic in 2020.

Newry BID has now commenced its revote strategy for Term Two. If levy members do not vote to retain the BID, it will be dissolved at the end of March 2021.

The BID is funded through a 1.5% levy on business rates bills for all those who fall within the area and have a NAV in excess of £5,000. It is the aim of BID Manager Eamonn Connolly to increase the return for members by also leveraging significant grant support and funding from other sources including awards.

In October and November, Newry BID embarked on a consultation with levy-paying members. The aim was to ascertain what the key themes and concerns for the year ahead are. There is still an opportunity for members to contribute to this consultation by completing the survey via the following link.

The key themes emerging for the next term will be added to this page early in the new year.

The Rules:

There are a number of rules around the Revote and it is governed by legislation. Full details will be available in the Term 2 Business Plan which will be live via this link in early January 2021.

The ballot will be conducted via a postal vote.

In order for the proposal to be successful at the ballot, the result will need to meet, as a minimum, three independent criteria which are:

(a) of those ballots returned by the close of the postal ballot (on Thursday 25th March 2021 at 5pm) those voting in favour of the BID must exceed those voting against it,

(b) of those ballot papers returned by the close, the total rateable value of those hereditaments which vote in favour, must exceed the total of those voting against and

(c)  at least a 25% voting turnout.

The ballot will be conducted independently by Newry Mourne and Down District Council (or their appointed agent) and will be a confidential postal vote. If a business has more than one rateable property it will receive a ballot paper for each property. Each returned paper counts as one vote. A proxy vote is available, and details will be sent out with the ballot papers.

Newry Mourne and Down District Council will announce the result on Friday 26th March 2021. If successful at the ballot, the new BID term will commence delivery of services on 1 April 2021 and will continue for a period of five calendar years to 31 March 2026 carrying out the themes within this proposal. At the end of the five-year term, eligible voters will be asked to vote on a further BID proposal.

Newry BID Second Term Timeline:

  • December 2020 Voting list is prepared to ensure that ballot papers reach the correct recipient.
  • January 2021 Final business plan published and circulated to all named voters of levy paying businesses.
  • January 2021 Notice of ballot issued.
  • Ballot papers to be despatched on 11th February 2021 signifying the start of the 28-day postal ballot.
  • Close of postal ballot on Thursday 25th March 2021 at 5pm.
  • Result announced on Friday 26th March 2021.
  • 1st April 2021 If the vote is successful, the second term of Newry BID will commence.