Langthwaite Business Association Business Improvement District Plan

Project information

Index: 0279R1
Acronym:MITKE
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location UNITED KINGDOM YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER Wakefield Metropolitan District (NUTS level 3) North Yorkshire Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2005-01-01
End: 2011-03-31

Topic of the practice

The development from a subscription model for sustaining and safeguarding capital investment and a secure and safe environment for the businesses and their employees in a BAIP to a Business Improvement District

Good Practice Information

Creation of an appropriate and acceptable subscription model to maintain the safety and estate management of a revived old industrial estate.Development of a subscription model Implementation and sustainable of a business subscription network to maintain security and safety on a business park. The Langthwaite Business Association originated in 2006 following a €1.3M investment programme to improve the estate. Key outputs: protecting an investment in paths, street-lighting, environment (trees and bushes planting); developing and gaining acceptance of a contract model and service level agreement and pricing basis to the subscription modelTimescale: 18 months, 2005 – 2007; next stage April 2010 – September 2010. Agencies involved: English Partnerships, Wakefield Council, businesses on Langthwaite, local community, local councillors, first
Processes: A condition of the capital funding was that the businesses on the park had to adopt the project’s revenue support costs. The Langthwaite Business Association had to be self-sustaining within 2 years. English Partnerships contracted first to project manage and deliver the project. Over the lifetime of implementing the improvements on the park the project managers worked closely with the businesses establishing trust and a renewed confidence in the park as safe, high quality location. This directly led to eventual agreement by the majority of the businesses to pay subscriptions (based on the size of their premises) for the revenue upkeep of the project.Legal Framework: The Langthwaite Business Association was set up as a company limited by guarantee with a board elected by the subscribers to the LBA. The Langthwaite Business Association’s members pay on a variable fee basis according to the rateable value size of their property.The next stage will be to move this to a BID legal framework.Financial framework: The businesses on the park pay via a subscription model based on rateable value (i.e. property taxation rates) for park manager and to sustain the security systems.

Evidence of success

Prior to this initiative there was no ownership or responsibility for the park’s overall safety and environment condition. A survey of the businesses established baselines and revealed the businesses to be very concerned about crime and anti-social behaviour and the park’s environment. Police crime statistics showed the park to be an area of high crime. The survey of businesses also showed many crimes were not reported.Development of a legal and financial framework for the Langthwaite Business Association Achievement of €105,000 per annum subscription income from the businesses on the park. Success factors: early and systematic engagement and consultation with the BAIP businessesDifficulties encountered: not all businesses became subscribers; the ‘free rider’ problem

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

John Brady

LBA, Langthwaite House

mmckigney@wakefield.gov.uk

www.wakefieldfirst.com

Annex completed on: 03-01-2011

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