Business Editor’s view- Chichester’s million pound Business Improvement District vote boosts the city

THIS week’s news that the Chichester Business Improvement District has been approved by firms within the city has to be welcomed as a very positive development.

The £1.3m fund which will be created over the next five years from the business rate increase to be paid by more than 600 city centre companies will ensure Chichester’s marketing and promotion can be taken forward with confidence.

There will be an end to the Christmas lights saga with funding to be put in place for at least the next six years.

Significantly, there will be investment in some of the less-well populated areas of the city centre which are in need of enhancement.

The Chichester City Centre Partnership (which represents a broad spectrum of firms within the area and is behind the BID) has confirmed present city centre manager Kim Long will be continuing in her position.

Having seen how hard she worked to ensure companies were well informed about the BID process, the Observer is proud to have done its bit to get fully behind the YES campaign for this great scheme.