Marble Arch Partnership brings together key local stakeholders to improve Marble Arch and Edgware Road. To work with their part time Chief Executive to develop a new Business Improvement District (BID) for the area.
Establishing a BID for the Edgware Road from Marble Arch to the Marylebone flyover has been a long held ambition for many local stakeholders. Their part time Chief Executive Kay Buxton needed some expert support to develop the BID from scratch and so Mike Fairmaner from The means was seconded into the organisation for two days a week.
A Stakeholder group had already been established and modelling work to determinde BID projects commenced in July 2015. So with Kay’s oversight and with regular reporting to the Stakeholder group, Mike worked alongside Kay to jointly produced a business questionnaire, analysed the business rates data to determine the income, worked up the BID levy rules and the BID area, and consulted on a draft BID proposal before formally submitting the BID Proposal to Westminster City Council to seek their endorsement and to hold the BID ballot.
Kay and Mike worked together to engage the businesses both to sell the BID proposal to get business support and identified the voter in larger organisations to secure their support and ensure they received the BID ballot papers. At peak times, Mike increased his time on the project to three days a week to ensure deadlines were met. After the BID ballot result, Mike has stayed on to ensure the BID got off to a flying start and developed key projects to help the BID meet its first year priorities.