Business Improvement District (BID)

South London's Premier Industrial Park

BID Renewal Ballot 2022

SWBA BID businesses vote YES for a second BID term

The BID's first term ends on 30 June 2022.  A ballot was held between mid-February and mid-March 2022 to allow businesses within the BID area to decide whether the BID should continue for a further five year term.

A majority of the businesses which voted in the ballot were in favour of a second BID term as follows:

    • 80% by number of votes
    • 89% by rateable value

The new BID Proposal for 2022-2027 and further information about the ballot can be found here.

BID Term 2017-2022

Merton Council's Electoral Services conducted a formal ballot between 27 April and 25 May 2017 which gave businesses on the SWBA estate a say in deciding whether the area should become a Business Improvement District (BID).

A majority of the businesses which voted in the ballot were in favour of the BID as follows:

    • 82% by number of votes
    • 78% by rateable value

The SWBA BID began its five year term on 1 July 2017.  To find out more please see the BID Proposal or contact the estate coordinator on 07799 412114 or by email: nick.stefka@swbaltd.co.uk


Frequently Asked Questions

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a geographically defined area, in this case the South Wimbledon Business Area (SWBA). The SWBA is made up of the following individual estates: Deer Park Estate, Lombard Business Park, Merton Industrial Estate, Riverside Business Park, Saxon Business Centre, The Tramlink Estate and Windsor Park Industrial Estate. A BID is a business-led and business-funded body set up to improve a defined commercial area.

A BID is funded through the BID levy, which is calculated as 1% of a business’s rateable value. A business with a rateable value of £20,000 would pay £200 per annum. Once a BID ballot is successful, the BID levy is mandatory and payable annually for a 5 year term by all eligible businesses.  BIDs can choose not to include certain businesses to pay the levy (and they do not therefore vote in the BID ballot).  SWBA has chosen not to include the smallest businesses on the estate – those with a rateable value under £8,000.  Charities also receive an 80% discount. The maximum businesses with a rateable value of over £300,000 will pay has been capped at £3,000 per year.

Outline budgets are in our 5 year business plan.  SWBA Ltd is a not for profit organisation and all expenditure is focused on activities and initiatives for the estate.

No. The money collected does not go to Central Government or Merton Council. Funds are only for the projects agreed and voted for by the BID levy payers.

We were successful in achieving Business Improvement District status for the South Wimbledon Business Area following a formal ballot undertaken by Merton Council in May 2017 in which the majority of businesses who voted were in favour of becoming a BID.  The 5 year BID term began on 1 July 2017.

We hold quarterly meetings for our BID members and our Estate Coordinator is also  available to discuss issues of concern with businesses.  She can be contacted at: claire.morris@swbaltd.co.uk

BIDs enter into a baseline agreement with the local authority and other service providers which guarantee the level of service provision in the area. These ensure that any services the BID provides are truly additional. This document enables SWBA Ltd to hold the Council to account for what they should be delivering on the estate in terms of cleansing etc. An Operating Agreement is also entered into between a BID and their local authority governing how the BID levy monies are collected, administered and passed over to the BID.

Each year we will publish an annual report detailing the activity we have undertaken in the last year. Every business in the BID area will have access to this report. The SWBA BID Board of Directors will review progress against the Business Plan and Key Performance Indicators to ensure the plan is delivered as proposed.

These are set out in our BID Proposal which can be downloaded by following this link

Like to know more about SWBA?

Find out more about South Wimbledon Business Area and how we can help your business. Get in touch today, call us on 07799 412 114 or click on the button.

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