BID meetings set for a change after poor turnout

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THE way Boston Business Improvement District (BID) conducts its business with its members is set to change dramatically.

Members of the organisation from shops and businesses around the town will soon be able to attend bi-monthly drop in sessions at larger stores in the town, in a bid to allow more people the chance to head along and speak to directors in person.

The change comes after the board had a rethink over how to engage with businesses in the town, following disappointing turnouts at many meetings which have been organised.

At many of the meetings, which used to take take place at the Assembly Rooms at about 6pm, only a handful of people have shown up, and directors say they realised it was simply not working.

BID chairman Alan Ellis told The Standard: “At the last meeting we had three people turn up. Doing it at 6pm in that way obviously doesn’t work, so we are going to try something different.”

When the new scheme begins there will be somebody available for members to speak to throughout the day, to offer more flexibility. Mr Ellis said he did not know when the first event would be.