Strong Endorsement for Dublin City Business Improvement District (BID)

Thu, July 19, 2012


Over two thirds vote to retain Dublin BID for five more years
The Dublin City Business Improvement District (BID) has won a strong endorsement to continue its work in creating a welcoming and economically vibrant city centre. Dublin City BID, which is a business led initiative, was established in 2008 under the Local Government (Business Improvement Districts) Act 2006. The legislation states that the BID must renew its mandate every five years and a postal vote amongst the 2,500 businesses that make up the district from Stephen’s Green to Parnell Street was held in recent weeks.
The renewal vote which was conducted by Dublin City Council resulted in a majority of more than two to one. 1063 votes were in favour with just 511 against equating to a 68% yes vote. Commenting on the result, the Dublin City BID Chief Executive Richard Guiney said “we are delighted to receive such a resounding mandate from Dublin’s business community. This is a clear recognition of the work we have undertaken to date and the vision we have set out for the city’s future. The BID has achieved a lot from a standing start but this is only a prelude to greater things. We have forged new partnerships and have brought diverse organisations together for the benefit of Dublin city centre. We are proud that the businesses have given us the opportunity to serve them for five more years. The implementation of our new plan starts now”.
With the BID being renewed it means the continued growth and development of following initiates for the city:
- The successful website which was launched earlier this year and highlights city centre businesses and attractions to thousands every month.
- The promotion of Dublin City Centre through the development of district branding such as the recent Creative Quarter and unique marketing initiatives such as Dublin Fashion Festival, Dine in Dublin and Dublin at Christmas where 30 city streets are lit up over the Christmas period.
- More recently BID played a vital role in the Strategic Response Group to tackle the problems of antisocial behaviour in the city. The group included BID, the Health Authorities, the Gardaí, DCC and other key stakeholders produced a report containing key creditable recommendations to solve the problems of drug related antisocial behaviour in Dublin City Centre. BID will now set about working with these partners on the implementation of these recommendations.
- A dedicated and highly visible Ambassador crew who last year alone interacted with over 250,000 visitors.
- Our rapid response services and dedicated night crew react quickly to make sure all hazardous waste is removed straight away. As well as unsightly graffiti. Last year alone the BID removed over 7,000 metre squared of graffiti from our member’s premises. This is roughly the size of the pitch at the Aviva stadium.

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