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BID levy payers invited to stand for election to board

THOSE who moan about the Dartmouth Business Improvement District now have a chance to change it.
Business levy payers can stand for a seat on the BID board – and the chance to have a say on how next year’s £180,000 budget is spent.
An election is being held next month to vote in a new management team to take the project forward into its second year term.
But if no new names come forward many of the existing board member could end up staying on.
BID manager Francesca Johnson is urging as many people as possible to seize the opportunity of becoming involved.
‘This is the ideal chance to influence the BID so that it addresses the needs of your business or ideas you think will make a difference,’ she said.
‘The board restructure aims to reflect a mix of businesses and skills within the town and we are especially seeking retailers so we hope some new people will consider joining the team.’
A maximum of 12 directors is proposed for the 2015 BID board and these will be elected at the annual meeting on March 26.
In order to take part in the ballot, either as a candidate or as a voter, levy payers are required to formally register as a member of the BID company which invol­ves filling in a form available from the organisation.
Meanwhile, the BID is holding an open questions and answer session next Tuesday, from 4pm-6pm in the Clifton Room at the Guildhall.
Ms Johnson said that despite managing to speak with lots of business owners over recent months, many people still had questions regarding the BID’s future activities.
The event was being held to help ensure that we get everybody’s feedback in helping the BID address individual needs, she said.
‘This will be a very informal occasion designed to allow you to find out more about the BID business plan and we hope that you will also share your ideas for possible BID initiatives of the future,’ she said.

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