Inverness businesses have voted for the Inverness Business Improvement District (BID) to continue for a fourth term and a further five years from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2028.
In 2008, the yes vote for the creation of Inverness BID made Inverness the first city in the world to incorporate property owners as well as businesses in a business improvement district.
In 2013 and 2018, voters elected to continue Inverness BID for a second and third term.
Ballot papers for the Inverness BID election were sent to all eligible voters on Thursday 2 February 2023 and the businesses had the opportunity to cast their vote for the past seven weeks.
The count was held on Friday 24 March 2023 with the ‘yes’ result declared by Ballot Holder, Kate Lackie, Chief Executive of The Highland Council and by the independent scrutineer, for the CIVICA Electoral Services.
The new BID will become operational from 1 April 2023, when all businesses and property owners will pay a levy that goes towards improvement projects.
BID projects are driven by the directors of Inverness BID company who are elected by local businesses.
The Inverness BID Business Plan for 2023 – 2028 is available by contacting Inverness BID Ltd, 17 Queensgate, Inverness, IV1 1DF by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01463 714550.