Theme 1 – Safeguarding the future of Watford

Theme 2 – Enhancing the look and feel of Watford

Theme 3 – Marketing, communication and events

BID Levy & Budget

The BID Area

2021-2026: Planning for the future

Theme 1: Safeguarding the future of Watford

Influencing and place shaping will be at the very heart of everything the BID does. It reinforces the BID’s position with other partners and stakeholders, and the role of the BID in shaping and influencing how Watford will look in the next five to 15 years.

Influencing growth and development across the town and encouraging entrepreneurship

We will:

Supporting sustainable transport, and improving the town’s infrastructure

“It is clear that multifunctional town centres are on the rise and we now have the opportunity to accelerate this to meet the challenge of bringing back into productive use, redundant retail space.”

Mark Robinson, chair of High Streets Task Force

Understanding the needs of our communities

We recognise Watford’s local communities are at the heart of the town’s future success – it is their confidence and support for Watford which will help the town bounce back fully.

“Watford BID has been incredibly supportive of our charity Home-Start both with providing funding and an introduction to other businesses in Watford. Their grant enabled us to create a confidential space for us to meet with volunteers and families we provide services for. More recently their support meant we could invest in the resources we needed to begin to return to our charitable activities, safely, minimising the risks of transmitting COVID-19.”

Emma Power, CEO. Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers

We will:

In a new review of the high street titled Build, Back, Better, Bill Grimsey has recommended high streets take on a “massive shift in power” away from central government, instead empowering local communities to develop their high streets. He argues that for town centres and high streets to thrive after COVID-19, they will need to rediscover their community purpose.

“Faced with the huge challenge of rebuilding our high streets, we are presented with a golden opportunity to repair their neglected social fabric, lead a values-led period of social renewal and deliver lasting change.”

Encouraging business development and networking

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Championing the third sector and charities

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Open to new ideas and staying ahead of the game

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