92% of businesses and organisations in Kingston upon Thames have this month voted in favour of renewing Kingston First Business Improvement District, with 90% voting in favour by rateable value.
Over 900 businesses and organisations in the local area were balloted throughout June, welcoming a highly engaged response rate of 65%. The results mark one of the highest turnouts for a BID renewal in the country so far this year, along with the highest turnout Kingston First has ever received, highlighting the resounding support for the current BID and its future plans.
Since 2005, Kingston First has played an integral role in positioning the riverside town as a retail, leisure and commercial hub. The new five-year term, commencing in January 2020, will build on the extensive, valuable work completed over the last 14 years.
Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive of Kingston First, commented:
“The positive results of Kingston First’s renewal reflect the fantastic work of the dedicated team we have here at Kingston First. We know the next five years will be pivotal for Kingston and we are committed to working with our local businesses and partners to improve and expand on the projects and services we currently deliver, whilst exploring new ways to ensure the commercial success of the town. We would like to thank all of the businesses and organisations who have showed their support for our valuable role in the community, and we look forward to working together as we enter a new decade.”
Sam Eastwood, Chairman of Kingston First and Centre Director for Bentall Centre, commented:
“We’re delighted with such a strong endorsement of the company demonstrated through both the turnout and number of positive votes. The fact that organisations both big and small, across all sectors, continue to invest and collaborate collectively is testament to the value Kingston First brings to the town. Having one strong, coordinated voice for the town centre ensures that Kingston continues to be a thriving destination for business, residents and visitors alike.”