Wednesbury BID – Business Improvement District #Wednesbury
It’s Wednesday and so, as usual, I’m writing about the town I have always lived in; Wednesbury! I have good news this week because we are finally going to start getting the Wednesbury Business improvement District off the ground. It will be funded initially by the businesses in the town centre but that is just the beginning for Wednesbury BID.
So far I’ve seen the leaflet that was given to local businesses late last year and yesterday I was asked to set up the Facebook page. I think we can expect a few meetings before the vote by local business owners. We will need at least 50% of them to support the initiative. Why wouldn’t they? For the cost of a decent advert in the newspaper, they get a year’s membership. Of course, some businesses might benefit more than others. It depends on how involved they become and to a lesser extent their exact location. I will be using my writing, photography and social media skills to publicise the initiative as much as possible. I think we can use a little marketing and psychology to get people interested too!
There have already been some changes around the Wednesbury. The library has been cleaned and restored to its former glory and the friends of Wednesbury library do a great job. Next door, Churchill’s opened last year providing the town with another venue for entertainment and events. The Christmas lights switch-on was a huge success attracting over 3,000 visitors. It wasn’t perfect but I’m sure it will be better next year and the teething problems, of which there were few, sorted out. We can have even more people turn out for it next year!
There are some wonderful community groups around Wednesbury that already get involved in events. Many of the groups were at the Christmas Lights switch-on and with Wednesbury BID organising events all year around there will be more opportunities for local community groups to get involved and show what they can do. Other BID initiatives have done fundraising for charity and that would be great for Wednesbury too. Would the Cheer Angels dance around the Maypole for us on May Day?
Wednesbury BID will take organisation and skills but with local business people on the board, it should have the skill sets needed. I’ll be doing the social media and a bit of photography and I might even get us a bit of publicity in the local newspapers. It has been known…
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