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Do you know about the Worthing BID? You will do soon, as all Worthing businesses will be receiving the brochure (designed by The Brand Doctor) in the near future. A Business Improvement District (BID) is a precisely-defined geographical area of a town, city or any other commercial district where ratepayers have voted to invest collectively in local improvements in addition to those already delivered by the local authority and other bodies. The Worthing BID will work with local businesses to plan how to improve their own trading environment. The BID will be funded by a nominal 1% levy on business rates, operating for an initial five-year period. You will be voting to decide whether you want Worthing to spend over £1 million investment over five years on additional services that will increase footfall and trade, reduce retail theft and crime and deliver the initiatives that businesses want to receive. This includes:

• a cleaner and well-maintained town centre
• a safe and welcoming town centre
• a vibrant and well-marketed town centre

For further information please call: Sharon Clarke Worthing Town Centre Manager on 01903 203252 or log onto: www.worthingbid.co.uk