There was a good turnout from businesses at the recent Shrewsbury BID annual meeting, which formally kicked off the BID’s new five-year term. 

Mike Matthews, Chair of the Shrewsbury BID Board, said members were right to be positive about the future of the town centre. 

He said: “The annual meeting was a great time to reflect on just how far we have come in the past five years. 

“I think it is fair to say that Shrewsbury BID has grown into a significant force, working on behalf of its members to promote the town, represent business and deliver innovative projects to support and enhance the town centre. 

“The recent vote was testament to the value that businesses place on the positive impact the BID is having – it was the joint-highest ‘yes’ vote of any BID in the country, which gives us a really strong mandate to deliver the business plan over the next five years. 

“The annual meeting saw the election of two new voluntary directors, Stacey Hill, of Oberon, and Jonathan Soden, of Soden Galleries. 

“It’s important to say how grateful we are to all of our board members who volunteer their time to ensure the BID keeps moving in the right direction and acts in the best interests of our members.” 

Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID, added: “I was delighted to see many of our members come along to the annual meeting. 

“Business owners are always very busy, so we were grateful they could spend some of their valuable time with us. 

“I took the opportunity to review the previous year’s activities and shared some of the highlights with our members. 

“Our professional lobbying work on the new car parking strategy delivered results with vital changes to the original strategy negotiated – including the introduction of FREE Sunday car parking and the continuation of FREE evening parking. 

“We funded a free Park and Ride service on late-night shopping Wednesdays during the Christmas period, and arranged a number of promotional activities to encourage more people to visit the town centre and to use local businesses.” 

“Highlights of the last year’s marketing work include the town’s new promotional video, the launch of the Shrewsbury Passport of Independents distributed to over 50,000 people during the Summer; and the development of our Original Shrewsbury website and social media – now the number 1 ranked website for Shrewsbury.” 

“It was also great to see so many members networking during the evening, and it was a good opportunity to discuss some great ideas for the future.”