Elected in 2012 with the aim of putting Camborne back on the map, BID has played a major part in transforming our town into an attractive, vibrant place to be.
Our successes include compiling and distributing town and Christmas guides, developing the first official town website and Facebook pages, lobbying on issues such as toilets and parking and working with organisations like Safer Cornwall to make Camborne a more secure place to live and work.
Improving first impressions has been a priority. To that end, we’ve put up and maintained 10,000 metres of bunting, installed street flags, introduced welcome maps and installed premises’ displays in eight long-term vacant sites. We’ve also raised the general standard of cleanliness by working with both Cornwall Council and Camborne Town Council on planting and presentation and we’ve removed graffiti from the walls of over 50 levy-paying businesses.
To help get the word out about Camborne, we’ve distributed 150,000 town guides and enlisted the help of a PR firm to promote the town’s businesses in a dedicated monthly West Briton page. The page showcases Camborne’s increasingly exciting range of shops and restaurants and promotes what’s happening in town throughout the year. We’ve also revolutionised the way people are connecting with the area by launching www.CamborneTown.com, which, in its first year had over 66,000 page views, and by being very interactive on social media. In August 2016 alone, our Facebook page reached 44,000 people, with more than 10000 of those actively engaging by liking, sharing and commenting on the posts.
Christmas is an important and magical time of year in Cornwall and, since 2012, BID has been responsible for arranging Camborne’s light display and erecting a Christmas tree in Commercial Square. This year we won’t just be contributing to the funding for Christmas in Camborne on behalf of levy-paying businesses but paying for it all. Other hugely successful events that we’ve played a key role in organising include Man Engine. In celebration of our Mining World Heritage Site status, our town played host to this amazing feat of engineering and drew record crowds in the process.
We can and want to do more. Look at our business renewal plan and you’ll see some of the very exciting developments we’re proposing for the next five years.
They can only happen though if you, our members, vote yes. Vote no and Camborne returns to the doldrums.