InExeter, the city’s business improvement district (BID) has launched its 2020-2025 business plan at a business event on 11 September 2019. Held at independent deli, Chandos, fifty business owners were welcomed by InExeter chair, Patrick Cunningham and manager, Ann Hunter.
The event, and release of the business plan, marks one month until ballot opens for the proposed next term of the business improvement district. The organisation represents more than 600 businesses across the city centre and delivers services for the business community, including enhanced street cleaning, city marketing and promotion, training, special events and the city’s Christmas light scheme.
In a development from the previous arrangements, the business plan sets out new boundaries for InExeter, to include amongst others New North Road (part), Longbrook Street (part), Sidwell Street (Part) and taking in Magdalen Road as part of the scheme, with separate budgeting for Magdalen Road focused projects. BID manager, Ann Hunter said: “We were asked by and engaged with traders on Magdalen Road to include this key city gateway and thriving independent row in our next term, so that they can access the benefits already being offered to city centre businesses and deliver programmes relevant to the Magdalen Road.”
The business plan maps the strategy for the organisation over the next five years, including investment in an increased programme commissioned events, public art and exhibitions, further improvements to the city’s streetscapes, additional services to help businesses, and support for programmes such as Exeter Homeless Partnership.
Patrick Cunningham said: “The work done to date sets a strong foundation for the next five years. We’ve got much more still to do and that is why we now need support for the ballot in October 2019. The business plan sets out our key focus areas, but as ever we remain responsive and reactive to the business community’s needs, ensuring a stronger future for Exeter.”
Speaking at the event, Jon-Paul Hedge, the city council’s director of communications, said: “InExeter has been a leading voice and supporter for many city centre businesses over the past few years, at a difficult time for many retail and hospitality businesses. The additional investment in the city, the increased PR and marketing and works to improve the streetscape will all ensure Exeter continues to thrive.”