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The future looks bright for Camborne Town after a significant number of businesses voted to continue as a Business Improvement District (BID). The decision means building on the last five years’ achievements and focusing on new areas to improve.
The BID Camborne management team and board is particularly pleased at the strength of the ‘Yes’ vote. Turnout was over 56% – with close to 75% of the rateable value of town centre businesses supporting a second term.
The ‘Yes’ vote brings with it the promise of another £500,000 in investment between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2022. Some of that money will be spent on developing new projects to further enhance the town BID area– as well as ongoing work to promote Camborne and enhance the visitor welcome it provides. There are also plans to continue collaborating with partner agencies, building on established relationships and forging new ones.
High on the list of new initiatives is improving the ‘forgotten and unloved’ parts of the town centre, particularly the top end of Trelowarren Street. BID Camborne’s management team will work with the businesses owners, landlords and other partners to revamp the appearance of those areas and look at rebranding opportunities to help increase footfall.
With a view to saving money as well as making money, there is a plan to introduce a buying club for levy-paying members that provides discounts and special privileges.
Consultation will be a high priority – with visitors and residents being asked about their impressions of the town and what they like and dislike. The results will influence BID Camborne’s spending for years two to five of the second term.
Man Engine’s visit to Camborne this August was a spectacular success drawing 16,000 people into the town centre and engaging 70,000 through social media. A significant number of BID Camborne members have asked for something similar to happen every year so consideration is being given to a suitable event that would celebrate Camborne’s World Heritage Site status.
On that theme, BID Camborne also wants to think big and explore the possibility of a visitor attraction that embraces Camborne’s industrial past. Recognised as an ambitious and long term plan, it can only be achieved by working in partnership and securing additional funding.
“Camborne has huge potential and a second BID term is just what we need to help us realise it,” said George Le Hunte, BID Camborne Chairman. “The town has seen some very significant improvements in the last few years and several businesses have moved here because Camborne is considered to be ‘up and coming’. A ‘town team’ approach is essential and I look forward to continue to working together to ensure the very bright future that I’m convinced Camborne has. This vote is a very important milestone and, for everyone involved, the best Christmas present possible.”