8th May, 2021

Town centre management company voted in for another five-year term

THE TOWN centre management company which employs Rugby’s Town Rangers and runs the CCTV system has been voted in for another five-year term.

Businesses in the town centre voted in favour of Rugby First Business Improvement District (BID), bringing an estimated £4million investment into the town centre, and giving Rugby First a mandate to continue running its services – which also include cleaning, marketing and event management.

For any BID ballot to be successful, there needs to be a majority of businesses in favour, both in terms of number of votes cast and by rateable value. 77 per cent of businesses voted in favour of the Rugby First BID, with an Aggregate Rateable Value of 90 per cent.

Alistair George, Chairman of Rugby First Board said: “We are delighted to announce we have succeeded in securing the votes required to enter into a new five-year term.

“We would like to say a massive thank you to all of our levy paying businesses for their continued support, especially during what has been a very challenging year.

“As we emerge from the pandemic we are really excited about working together as a business community to face the challenges ahead, deliver our five-year business plan and ensure a bright future for the BID area.”

Operations Director Rich Warren added: “I’d like to thank the Rugby First team who work tirelessly to keep the town centre a safe, clean and welcoming place.

“We have been providing key services for the town centre since 2005 and we are very proud to play our part in attracting shoppers and visitors to Rugby, which help to boost the town centre’s economy.”

In the BID ballot, a turnout of 32 per cent was submitted before the March 25 closing date. The vote was administered independently by Civica Election Services and ballot papers were received and returned by post. The result of the vote was announced by Aftab Razzaq, Returning Officer at Rugby Borough Council.

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