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Ballot Buddy

Remote, expert guidance for developing or renewing a BID

Developing or renewing a BID is not an easy thing to do. Many places already have established teams and significant support in their BID. They don’t need consultants to provide ‘on the ground’ support, but instead need remote support and expert technical guidance throughout the process.

Ballot Buddy provides:

  • A dedicated Account Manager to guide through each aspect of BID development/renewal, ensuring that you take the correct steps to maximise your chances of success.
  • Expert advice from the wider British BIDs team
  • Guidance throughout the entire development and ballot process
  • Templates of all of the documentation that will be required
  • Suite of case studies and examples from the industry
  • Free space on a ‘Planning & Managing a BID ballot’ course

Thereafter, additional support can be bolted-on through the ‘Ballot Buddy +’ programme (costs upon application):

  • Initial training day for team including board, BID team and council representatives
  • Assessment of the likely BID area and levy payers, together with viability tests on various options using latest NNDR and BID area map. This would include recommendations on the boundary, thresholds, caps, exemptions and the levy rate
  • Design of survey documentation
  • Analysis of research results and help shaping core project themes within the business plan
  • Assistance with the creation of voter list and advice on national voters
  • Workshop facilitation to supplement quantitative research
  • Planning session with the BID team and Board to help shape the business plan
  • Writing, design, print and distribution of the business plan which can include all wording, including BID Rules, budgeting and other such required information
  • Assistance with the preparation of notices
  • Assistance with the final Operating Agreement and Baseline Statements (if any)
  • Assistance with the production of the BID Proposal
  • Presentation to the BID Board to advise at their ‘go-ahead’ meeting
  • Monitoring of the ballot
  • ‘Winning the ballot’ campaign training

Your dedicated Account Manager will guide you through each aspect of BID development/renewal, ensuring that you take the correct steps to maximise your chances of success.

British BIDs members also receive a 25% discount.

For more details about Ballot Buddy email: contact@britishbids.info

Hear from the BIDs

"The help and support that Ballot Buddy/British BIDs gave us during our ballot was invaluable. They provided us with expert guidance and a personalised service that was second to none. We totally have confidence in the service they provide for us.” 

Darren Broad, Penrith BID

“During a very challenging time it was reassuring to be able to access support on some unprecedented issues not covered by the BID legislation. Many thanks to the team and, in particular, to our Account Manager Emily who was very responsive and supportive throughout.”
Diane Jarvis, BID Manager, Sheffield BID

“Ballot Buddy provided us with a full timeline to ballot and provided the reassurance that the whole process ahead of us was set out in an easy to follow way. The provision of all of the documents we would be required to produce was also a huge help and our Account Manager was knowledgeable and supportive.”
Geraldine Thompson, BID Manager & Director, Skipton BID