2016-2021: What has Watford BID achieved so far?

2021-2026: Planning for the future

BID Ballot: How to vote

Watford BID

Ballot 2021


Watford BID’s vision is for a town centre where everyone feels safe, confident and comfortable, and where businesses thrive and prosper. Our town will be competitive and dynamic, a place that is attractive to businesses and investors.


We are approaching the end of our first 5-year term operating as Watford BID. The growth & development of Watford town centre in those 5 years has been remarkable, largely thanks to our business community working together. This is only the beginning of a longer-term goal, and we are urging our levy payers to vote ‘YES’ for a second 5-year BID term.


Our 2021-2026 Business Plan showcases the long-term plans for Watford, and why your ‘YES’ vote is so important to your business, our business community, and our town.


Download Business Plan PDF



BALLOT DATES:

8 January 2021 – 4 February 2021


How to vote


Meet the BID Team


Watford BID employs a small team of staff to deliver the business plan. We are based in an office on the High Street and are committed to improving Watford town centre.


Maria Manion

Maria Manion

Chief Executive
Maria is responsible for ensuring the BID company delivers against its five-year business plan and the town’s interests are well represented.

Jill Farnsworth

Jill Farnsworth

Head of Operations and Development
Jill is responsible for the delivery of our large BID projects, communicating with levy payers and handling the contracts with outside organisations.

Glen Hempenstall

Glen Hempenstall

Marketing & Communications Manager
Glen is responsible for the BID’s marketing and communications including the websites, social media networks, PR and promotional campaigns and projects.

Kara Mesiano

Kara Mesiano

Business Manager
Kara manages the BID Board, monitors data such as footfall counter reports, undergoes business visits, and is the first point of contact for any BID enquiries.

John Hattingh

John Hattingh

Watford Business Against Crime Co-ordinator
John is responsible for managing the business crime reduction scheme. He works part time and spends his time working with retailers and the police.


We welcome any of our levy payers to get in touch with us to discuss the business plan, BID ballot, and our town’s future.


Throughout the week of the business plan launch from Monday 7 December – Friday 11 December we are available from 8am – 8pm to chat with you. After the business plan launch week, we will still be available on a daily basis but at different times.


Please email through to enquiries@watfordbid.co.uk or call 01923 919 989 to arrange a time which suits you, and we can then arrange a phone call, video call, or visit depending on what suits you to discuss the business plan in more depth.


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