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As Swansea BID, we are proud of the work we have done over the past five years and we hope you will continue to allow us to carry on this and other important work at a time when Swansea City Centre is set to reinvent itself and to market itself to investors, visitors and shoppers. 

The next few years will be one of the most crucial periods in the life of Swansea City Centre and Swansea BID is prepared to help meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.  We have all been affected by the current pandemic crisis and we have been working hard, together, to retain the vibrancy of the City Centre we love, throughout this testing time. There is much to look forward to in the future. 

We can all see the tangible evidence of regeneration, investment and ambition that is unfolding in Swansea, as we speak, much of which is spearheaded by the Swansea Bay City Deal.  

Below are some questions we would like you to answer that will inform the business plan you will be asked to vote on in between May and June 2021. 

We hope you will cast your ‘yes’ vote in the 2021 renewal ballot. We have much more work to do together. 

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* 1. We have provided parking and transportation offers used by hundreds of thousands of vehicles, increasing usage by 20%. Do you want to continue these services in the new BID term of 2021 - 2026 helping drive foot flow?

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* 2. Our funding towards the City Centre Ranger Service has helped deal with more than 100,000 activities and carry out more than 30,000 visits to businesses times. Do you want us to continue this funding in the new BID term 2021 – 2026, helping to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime?

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* 3. We have provided and supported Taxi Marshals who have helped more than 1 million people. We have provided more than 3,000 hours of Night Time Marshals, 50,000 litres of waste has been collected by our cleansing team, we have helped reduce anti-social behaviour by 32%, and our Best Bar None and Purple Flag schemes continue to support the valuable Evening & Night Time Economy. Do you want us to continue these services in the new BID term 2021 – 2026?

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* 4. We have provided a Swansea Against Business Crime Reduction Partnership and discounted store and Nite Net Radio systems to hundreds of businesses, saving £144,000. Do you want us to continue these services in the new BID term 2021 - 2026?

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* 5. We have provided funding for more than 500 hours of additional Police Officers. This has helped reduce anti-social behaviour by 21%. Do you want us to continue these services in the new BID term 2021-2026?

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* 6. We have provided The Big Heart of Swansea brand which has been seen and heard by over 6 million people. The brand gives businesses free promotion and publicity, has delivered more than 100 events in the City Centre, and it offers the popular discount card and app - with over 155,000 in circulation. Do you want us to continue these services in the new BID term 2021-2026?

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* 7. We have provided more than £500,000 worth of positive media coverage for Swansea City Centre and its businesses. Do you want us to continue with these services in the new BID term 2021 – 2026, to promote our City Centre as it begins to thrive once more?

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* 8. We have provided chewing gum removal, blitzing more than 4.8 million pieces, street washing 30,000 square metres and over 100 streets, carrying out more than 200 rapid response spot-cleans. We have provided 33,000 flowers in planters, 800 free floral hanging baskets and mini Christmas trees for businesses and our graffiti removal services have been used more than 500 times. Do you want us to continue these services in the new BID term 2021 - 2026

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* 9. We have cultivated strong relationships with our universities, encouraging students to enjoy the City Centre, by organising events attracting over 50,000 students. We also support and promote the Creative Bubble project and its hundreds of events. Do you want us to continue these services in the new BID term 2021 – 2026?

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* 10. We have been a constant conduit to the Local Authority, Government and other public sector organisations, ensuring your businesses voice is respected and recognised on matters concerning the future of our City Centre. Do you want us to continue this in the new BID term in order to help re-charge Swansea City Centre after this period of upheaval?

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* 11. We have provided commercial business support, advice, guidance and valuable cost savings of over £565,000 to businesses and workers via our Bid Benefits offers. Recently this has included over 1,000 free PPE items, deals on business insurance, legal support and advertising, as well as grant support facilitation directly to businesses and investors of over £847,000 to date. We have also provided up-to-date trading advice to help pilot businesses through the pandemic. Do you want us to continue these services in the new BID term 2021 - 2026?

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* 12. What other services would you like to see the BID delivery for businesses during 2021 - 2026?

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* 13. Based on your answers above do you intend to vote Yes in the Swansea BID renewal ballot that will be between May - June 2021 so these services can continue? Without a Yes vote all these services and more will cease on 25th June 2021.

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