A new partnership creates the strongest level of support for all UK BIDs
A new partnership has been agreed between Revive and Thrive and Groundwork in Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside. The partnership brings together Revive & Thrive’s specialist services in place management across the UK, with Groundwork’s extensive experience in community development and UK BIDs. (Business Improvement Districts)
Groundwork’s experience in UK BIDs extends back to 2005, when they secured the UK’s first industrial BID on Winsford Industrial Estate in Cheshire. This project has since gone onto three renewal ballots, securing approval ratings between 89% and 92% on each occasion.
Since 2005, the Groundwork network has gone onto lead and support the development of 16 successful BID ballots across retail and business park locations throughout the UK, resulting in more than £13million of private sector investment.
The partnership’s will enable R&Ts members to access a unique package of support, that includes BIDs and much wider place and community development expertise including:
- Access to specialist BID development and management services for retail and industrial estate locations.
- Place management advice and support and experience from paces of all sizes all around the country
- Leverage of added value funding to enhance investment opportunities from BIDs
o In Preston, Groundwork has enabled the City Centre BID to secure £1million of Heritage Lottery Funding for a key commercial area within the City.
o During 2016, the Northwich Town Centre BID was able to access a Pocket Park Grant through DCLG in 2016 which was facilitated by Groundwork.
o Groundwork works with a range of corporate companies across the UK, facilitating corporate volunteering and investment of millions of pounds of funds into local communities.
- Provision of landscape design and master planning services.
Groundwork delivers a diverse range of projects and services, successfully working with an extensive range of stakeholders and partners including Local Authorities, National Government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, private and the voluntary sector. Established more than 30 years ago, Groundwork’s mission is to change places and change lives within the communities that it operates.
In addition to its extensive experience and successful track record in community development and BIDs, Groundwork’s wider work will also add value to the partnership in a number of other areas. These include; tackling climate change, helping people out of fuel poverty, developing people to achieve their true potential and helping them to get back to work, building stronger sustainable local communities by improving green space and creating green jobs.
Greville Kelly, Director of Business at Groundwork in Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside said ‘The team at Groundwork are very excited about the opportunities this partnership with R&T will bring for the business and residential communities with whom we work. The R&T network and specialist place management skills will add real value to the work we deliver’.
Mark Barnes, Managing Director from Revive and Thrive commented ‘This partnership with Groundwork in Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside will enable Revive and Thrive members to further enhance the work they deliver. Groundwork is a locally focused, not-for profit environmental regeneration trust, that can support R&T members to access new services and fundings opportunities aimed at accelerating improvement programmes in our retail and commercial communities.’