Barnstaple Town Centre Management
Following the decision to abandon the BID in 2015, there is now no budget for activities that support the vitality and viability of the town centre. The Town Centre Manager is paid for by North Devon Council, but the projects that BID supported, such as Christmas lights and New Year Celebrations, have to be funded another way if they are to continue. At the same time the way we live is changing and Barnstaple has to follow suit and remain relevant for today and tomorrow.
BTCM is the organisation that works to secure the future of the town centre by undertaking activities such as: events, environmental improvements, safety, marketing and business support.
Barnstaple Town Centre Management (BTCM) is a not for profit public / private sector partnership working together with the aim of: improving the viability, prosperity, wellbeing and vitality of the Town Centre through effective partnership working and to devise and undertake activities to promote the economic development of Barnstaple and improve the environment of Barnstaple for the benefit of those who live, work or visit the area.
Membership of BTCM is open to the following categories of person or organisation: 1. Commercial and professional businesses that operate in the defined area, or have an interest in the town centre; 2. Third sector / charities / community / non –profit organisations operating in the defined area
Membership is open to anyone from the above categories operating within a 5 mile radius of the town centre and who have an interest in supporting its viability and vitality.
By becoming a member you are investing in the town centre – towns with town centre membership schemes are more successful than those without out them. Equally businesses that shrewdly invest in their own town centre get better rewards than those that don’t.
Have a voice – BTCM lobbies on behalf of its members on various issues such as changes in licensing law as well as commenting on planning applications which have an impact on the town centre. Have a say on when and what major events are held e.g. Christmas Light Switch-on. Networking opportunities – all members are invited to quarterly meetings which as well as giving you important information on latest initiatives provides an invaluable opportunity to meet with other local businesses and share ideas. Opportunity to be elected to the Town Centre Management Board which make decisions on policy and budgets Direct access to the decision makers Access to Town Centre performance data – vacancy rates, footfall etc, Monthly members bulletin – monthly communication updating you on issues affecting the town centre e.g. planning applications, road works, upcoming events etc. All members are consulted on an annual business plan which drives the work of the partnership. Member to member discount scheme
We recognise that circumstances and needs are different. The membership scheme acknowledges those differences by offering different packages so you can choose the one that suits your business best. We also offer a flexible payment scheme with quarterly or annual payments possible through Direct Debit or online.
All subscriptions contributed by members will be used to fulfil the aims of the partnership, we will re-invest your money into projects that support the vitality and viability of the town centre.
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