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Romford BID re-elected for further five years

The Romford BID has been re-elected

The Romford Business Improvement District – who represent more than four hundred businesses locally – has been re-elected for another five years.

65 percent of votes were in favour of retaining the BID who are funded by levies paid by the 404 businesses they represent.

Some of the work they’ve carried out over the last five years includes helping to drive footfall to the town, reduce anti-social behaviour, tackling environmental issues, holding innovative events, and improving the overall experience of people visiting the town.

They’ve won London in Bloom twice, installed iconic Christmas decorations, sponsored vital community organisations, and helped raise over £40,000 for the ‘Give A Child A Christmas’ Time FM campaign.

The BID’s second five-year term will begin in September this year.

Romford BID Director, Julie Frost said, “Waiting for this result has been one of the most nerve-wracking periods of my life. I am Romford born and bred and I have put everything into raising the profile of the town, celebrating its diversity, and making it a more beautiful and welcoming place to visit.

“We have achieved remarkable things in the last five years but there is still so much I want to do so I am ecstatic with this result and grateful for all the levy payers’ positive votes. I will also work tirelessly over the next five years to ensure all those that didn’t vote realise how essential we are to the town and to appreciate we are creating real change for future generations.”

On their second term, Romford BID say they’ll be “building on the strong foundations established over the past five years.”

Focus will be on enhancing the town centre to become more inclusive and modern, reflecting the strengths, characteristics, and heritage of Romford.

Over the next few months, some of the events taking place in the town include ‘Celebrate The Street’ in July, which will celebrate the streets of Romford with a weekend of free live music, dance performances, roaming entertainers, a children’s circus, craft workshops, fair rides and Carnival processions.

Moving forwards, Romford BID say they’ll “continue to work with various agencies to make improvements to the safety and security of the BID area including investment in the Crime Reduction App, providing daytime security teams, and bringing extra lighting to the town.”

The BID also say they’ll “promote Romford using innovative and creative means to improve its profile as a destination including PR, radio, press, outdoor and digital marketing campaigns. Improving the look and feel of Romford through green space, floral displays, and installations, whilst improving recycling services and air quality for all” will also be a focus.

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