BIDS Delivering Cost Savings for Belfast City Centre Businesses
The three Belfast City Centre Business Improvement Districts have announced a new service that will deliver cleaner streets, up to 30% potential cost savings for businesses and plans to create an environment that will bring even more people into Belfast.
Belfast One; Destination Cathedral Quarter and Linen Quarter BID have partnered to deliver massive potential cost savings to Businesses throughout the City starting with the appointment of waste management company ISL.
Business Improvement Districts are operating throughout the UK funded by levies from member companies. In addition to delivering proactive initiatives to drive footfall they are also using their collective buying power to procure savings and service delivery agreements that previously only the largest companies could achieve.
Representing the main shopping district Belfast One BID Manager Clare Maguire explained that this model of working allows the Business Community to take control and make the positive changes it needs to deliver growth, cost savings and advocate for companies large and small.
“This first joint procurement process was designed to create an inviting streetscape for visitors to Belfast while behind the scenes deliver a seamless collection service that meets the needs of hospitality, retail and commercial businesses.”
Gareth Neill, Manager of Destination Cathedral Quarter says it is essential that whether people are coming into Belfast for recreation as families, for festivals, theatre or a night out on the town, they need to be sure they have a safe, clean and welcoming environment.
“Delivering a service to our members also means being creative and adventurous in delivering an experience to those visiting the City. People are already seeing a vibrant and exciting atmosphere which we will continue to build upon.”
Attracting investment is a major objective of the Linen Quarter BID and Manager Chris McCracken is clear that his members want to be part of delivering a City that competes on a national and international level.
“More and more international businesses are recognising the talent we have in Belfast and are locating here in significant numbers. They want quality buildings as workspaces but also quality hospitality and entertainment to encourage talent to stay or to come into the economy.”
Michael McLarnon, Chief Executive of ISL Waste Management explained that they had two clear priorities in delivering for Belfast businesses.
“Value for money is a given, but we put equal importance in delivering on sustainable environmental principles. With a ‘zero waste to landfill’ policy we provide all our customers with a free bespoke consultancy helping them to reduce, reuse and recycle what they don’t need. In some cases, this has resulted in combined savings not just in direct collection costs but in reducing expensive purchasing decisions.
“What we want to see are clean streets, clear of litter bags and bins with daily early morning and late evening collections as well as weekend services,” he promised. Speaking as an ISL customer and BID member, Lisa McGinley, Head of Operations at the MAC, is delighted with the savings made thanks to the increased buying power created by the formation of the Belfast BIDS.
“However, the work of providing value for money to our business members is only starting and we are determined to deliver many more procurement deals to ease the burden of cost which will make Belfast a world class place to visit and do business.”
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