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31 March 2020

Statement from Weymouth BID



There is a BID amendment to the Coronavirus Bill that is currently being considered by the government and which will hopefully have an outcome by the end of the week.


The amendment asks for:

A one year  delay in BID ballots that are due  across the country.

Government to pay BID levy for one year and for the money to be made available through local authority in the same way that business rate reliefs have been. 


The Weymouth BID Board have decided to defer making any decisions regarding levy payments until there is some more clarity regarding the situation. However, current legislation requires us to send out the levy invoices in September as normal.


Please be assured that our board members are keen to help all other levy payers and businesses survive this period of uncertainty and will make decisions accordingly. They have already instigated cost saving measures within the BID to ensure that there is plenty of budget to improve and promote our town as soon as it becomes possible again. 


Regarding our position on events -  if the current situation continues throughout this years’ season we will be looking to support and promote events next year, if Government restrictions are lifted this summer or autumn and it is possible to stage events to encourage visitors we will do what we can to facilitate and market these.


Weymouth BID is currently playing a crucial role supporting the business community and providing a conduit between businesses and statutory bodies and will be a vital player once the crisis has subsided, in revitalising our town, and to return businesses and Weymouth to viability and profitability.

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