Kings Heath BID renewal ballot - testimonials

Without Kings Heath BID, we wouldn’t have a security presence on our High Street, any Christmas Lights or promotional activities. Who would fly the flag for Kings Heath? If the BID didn’t exist, I believe that would have a serious impact on footfall and subsequently, sales. It would be detrimental to all our businesses’

James Hopwood, manager, Sainsburys

‘Simon, the BID’s street warden is doing a brilliant job and has saved us a lot of money in the stock he has got back for us. I definitely support the BID going forward for a third term. There is no credible alternative’

Siva Kumar, assistant manager of Poundland

‘We notice a significant increase in shoplifting offences when the security warden isn’t on hand and would definitely support increased hours funded via the BID. The BID has really helped to increase the profile of Kings Heath making it a more attractive place to live, work and visit. That has to be good for business.’

Mohammed Arif, manager, Bike Pro

‘Businesses in Kings Heath could always benefit from more customers. Kings Heath BID is doing its bit to encourage footfall into the town. Without the BID, our trading prospects would be much worse. Let’s face it, most good initiatives designed to promote and improve our town would fold. I am an advocate for the BID continuing’

Janan Choudhury from Spectacle Emporium

‘As a new Store Manager, I have been impressed with what Kings Heath BID has achieved. The street warden is very proactive and Kings Heath Street Festival and markets bring additional shoppers. The BID has definitely contributed towards a safe, friendly shopping environment and has helped to drive additional footfall’

Jasper Coveney, Boots Store Manager, Kings Heath

‘Kings Heath is a happening, fun and vibrant town which the BID can take credit for. Family events like BIG Hoot and the Easter Egg Hunt all help to drive footfall and make Kings Heath a great place to work.’

Claire Harrington, Assistant Manager, Clarks

‘The great thing about Kings Heath BID is that it allows us to be all part of a community, working together to identify priorities and collectively funding these projects and services. Without the BID, we aren’t as united and we less influence and no funds to deliver on the ground.’

Nicky Green, Manager, Scrivens

‘The BID has been good for our coffee business from the events to marketing projects, all driving footfall into Kings Heath. There is still more to do but by working together we are more powerful than working individually. The BID is a forward-thinking organisation that is prepared to listen to its business community and that’s why I am prepared to give it my support’

Tom McLynn, team leader, Coffee #1

‘Our shop is close to the edge of the Kings Heath BID boundary so whilst I don’t necessarily benefit from all the events or initiatives centred around the core area, I fully support the work that King Heath BID does. I’m passionate about improving our town and since the BID came in, the profile of Kings Heath is much better which is great for business overall’

Shervon Spadano, owner of Hair by Shervon

‘There has been a real buzz about Kings Heath since the BID started; it does a fabulous job bringing the community together. Whilst we are not a shop, we are really behind the BID and support the Kings Heath Festival by taking out a stand.

Tracey Bowman, Funeral Arranger, William H Painter

‘It was a pleasure to visit Kings Heath and see the range and quality of local shops. I understand the Kings Heath Business Improvement District has been doing fine work in improving and promoting the area. As Mayor, making sure we have vibrant High Streets is a big priority, and I look forward to seeing Kings Heath’s continued success.”

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands