Kings Heath BID renewal ballot - testimonials

Andy Street – Mayor of the West Midlands

“Business Improvement Districts play a vital role in supporting the regeneration and revitalisation of our High Streets.  Kings Heath is a fantastic example of this, with the local BID helping to attract investment from new and exciting businesses, whilst also helping to sustain the existing important anchor stalls.

“These are truly exciting times for Kings Heath with the restoration of rail services to the suburb, and I look forward to working with the BID to consolidate Kings Heath as a flourishing local centre.”

Alison MacConnell – Shop Manager, Oxfam 

“The Kings Heath BID works hard to make Kings Heath a safer, more pleasant place to live, work and shop. As a shop manager, knowing we can call on the BID Street Warden in the event of theft or disturbance is very reassuring. Their efforts span the smaller things we don’t always pay attention to until they’re gone – Christmas lights, floral displays, clean streets – to the big events like Queens Heath that bring the community together in celebration. It would be a great shame to lose them and all they good they bring to our town.”

Joe Fearn –  Founder, CircusMASH

“The Kings Heath Bid has been great for our organisation. We have worked with them over the years where they have brought us into the Street Festivals and have put us in touch with other organisations and creatives in Kings Heath that we continue to work with. Although we’re not engaging with the BID every day, it does feel great that they exist. They kindly share our events and help with spreading the word to help build our business. I feel that the Bid levy fee we pay is worth what we get out of the BID”

Hare & Hounds 

“The KH BID has helped support ourselves and the KH Business community in so many ways. The street wardens provide a valuable service and give support to many businesses. The team has also developed events that have promoted  Kings Heath to a wider audience.”

Janice Connolly / Barbara Nice

The BID in Kings Heath is a very important ingredient in helping our area grow and thrive. It brings businesses and communities together to celebrate what a wonderful place we are living in”

Tom McNeil, Assistant Police & Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands and Kings Heath Resident

“The close working relationship between the BID and West Midlands Police is greatly valued by police officers and staff, and it is making a major contribution to keeping the high street safe for staff and visitors.”

Joe Lycett

“The BID does an amazing job of reminding us residents of how lucky we are to have so much choice on our doorstep. it champions the diversity of our community as much as it does the diversity of our high street!”

Claire Dawes – The Heath Bookshop

“Kings Heath BID has been invaluable, we were able to contact them for advice throughout our property search, constantly keeping us updated.”

“The community, the people, the inclusivity, the already warm and friendly group of independents, made it the obvious place for The Heath Bookshop.”

Sara Aboutourabi – Art Rooms

“The current BID has shown great interest in what we do, and is always on hand asking how they can help keep us up to date with events they organise bringing life to our highstreet. The BID manager often pops in for a chat, who is genuinely interested in our enterprise.  The BID’s social media presence is also great, it’s nice to see what is happening throughout the entire length of the highstreet and wider community”

James Connolly – Gorilla Coffee

“I wanted to say a massive thanks to the BID security team. Our business had a spate of thefts of customers bicycles from outside of our unit. We partnered with the security officers of the BID to offer regular patrols and fixed security on certain evenings. Their presence and positive action actively deterred thefts and the problem has been addressed.

I and my customers are super grateful for the BID teams support and their proactive attempts to address crime and anti-social behaviour.”