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Celebrating The Talent Of Handsworth
Award-winning jazz, soul and broken beat songstress Julie Dexter, a British vocalist considered by many to be one of the most influential female vocalists of our generation, calls Handsworth her hometown.Born and raised in Birmingham, England, this classically trained artist composes and arranges her own music. Influenced by legends such as Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, and Bob Marley, as well as popular icons Omar and Sade, Julie takes classic soul to the heart of Artistry.It was in 1999 that Julie took a leap of faith and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she now resides. She launched her own label, Ketch A Vibe Records and in 2000 released the critically acclaimed EP Peace of Mind, followed by Dexterity (2002), and Conscious (2005). Moon Bossa, collaboration with Khari Simmons was released in 2007 and her single Ketch A Vibe was featured in national radio ads for Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama.
2018 Budget – Business Rates Retail Relief What You Need To Know Introduction
The Government announced in the Budget on 29 October 2018 that it will provide a business rates retail relief scheme for occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 in each of the years 2019-20 and 2020-21. The value of relief should be one third of the bill, and must be applied after mandatory reliefs and other discretionary reliefs funded by section 31 grants have been applied.Which properties will benefit from relief?Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments with a rateable value of less than £51,000, that are wholly or mainly being used as shops, restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments.It is considered that shops, restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments mean# Hereditaments that are being used for the sale of goods to visiting members of the public:
- Shops (such as: florists, bakers, butchers, grocers, greengrocers, jewellers, stationers, off licences, chemists, newsagents, hardware stores, supermarkets, etc)
- Charity shops
- Post offices
- Furnishing shops/ display rooms (such as: carpet shops, double glazing, garage doors)
- Car/ caravan show rooms
- Second hand car lots
- Petrol stations
- Garden centres
- Art galleries (where art is for sale/hire)
# Hereditaments that are being used for the provision of the following services to visiting members of the public:
- Hair and beauty services (such as: hair dressers, nail bars, beauty salons, tanning shops, etc)
- Shoe repairs/ key cutting
- Travel agents
- Ticket offices e.g. for theatre
- Dry cleaners
- PC/ TV/ domestic appliance repair
- Funeral directors
- Photo processing
- Tool hire
- Car hire
#Hereditaments that are being used for the sale of food and/ or drink to visiting members of the public:
- Sandwich shops
- Coffee shops
To qualify for the relief the hereditament should be wholly or mainly being used as a shop, restaurant, cafe or drinking establishment. In a similar way to other reliefs (such as charity relief), this is a test on use rather than occupation. Therefore, hereditaments which are occupied but not wholly or mainly used for the qualifying purpose will not qualify for the relief.The list set out above is not intended to be exhaustive as it would be impossible to list the many and varied retail uses that exist. There will also be mixed uses. However, it is intended to be a guide for authorities as to the types of uses that Government considers for this purpose to be retail. Authorities should determine for themselves whether particular properties not listed are broadly similar in nature to those above and, if so, to consider them eligible for the relief. Conversely, properties that are not broadly similar in nature to those listed above should not be eligible for the relief.The list below sets out the types of uses that the Government does not consider to be retail use for the purpose of this relief. Again, it is for local authorities to determine for themselves whether particular properties are broadly similar in nature to those below and, if so, to consider them not eligible for the relief under their local scheme.
#Hereditaments that are being used for the provision of the following services to visiting members of the public:
- Financial services (e.g. banks, building societies, cash points, bureaux de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawn brokers)
- Other services (e.g. estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies)
- Medical services (e.g. vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors)
- Professional services (e.g. solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/ financial advisers, tutors)
- Post office sorting offices
#Hereditaments that are not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the publicHow much relief will be available?The total amount of government-funded relief available for each property for 2019-20 and 2020-21 under this scheme is one third of the bill, after mandatory reliefs and other discretionary have been applied. There is no relief available under this scheme for properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or more. The eligibility for the relief and the relief itself will be assessed and calculated on a daily basis.Ratepayers that occupy more than one property will be entitled to relief for each of their eligible properties, subject to State Aid De Minimis limits.
Your Town Centre Needs You!
The Soho Road Business Improvement District CIC has space on the board of directors and the board are looking for dedicated individuals to join a dedicated team to take Soho Road BID Area to the next level. The board are inviting expressions of interest from BID Levy Payers.
CLOSING DATES FOR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS BY:10.00AM Thursday 15 November 2018
The following is a breakdown of the main aim and objectives designed and adopted by the BID area:“To improve the economic viability and vitality of Soho Road BID area for all who work, live or visit through an effective public, private, and voluntary sector partnership.” To achieve this aim a yearly action plan is based around 5 key themes. The key themes are as follows:
- BID Management : to develop the BID to enable it to deliver and support a range of projects to improve the vitality and viability of the Soho Road BID area
- Environment: to establish and maintain a high quality, attractive environment for all who visit, work or live there
- Business and Community Safety: to establish a safe and secure town centre environment for all who use it and for all business and property owners within it
- Marketing and Promotion: to market and promote the BID area to shoppers, visitors and potential investors, developing a shared positive image
- Regeneration: to improve the business mix and regeneration in the BID area by encouraging greater development and investment
Purpose of Soho Road Business Improvement District Board of Directors
- To ensure the effective, timely and efficacious delivery of the Soho Road Business Improvement District aims and objectives.
- As part of the Management Group contribute to the setting of the strategic plan direction of Soho Road Business Improvement District
- To ensure adequate and effective governance challenging the adequacy of delivery arrangements and partner engagement.
- Contribute to the development of strategic plans which enable Soho Road Business Improvement District to fulfil its statutory responsibilities.
- Ensure that the Group operates in accordance with the Articles, Memorandum and procedures of the Community Interest Company (CIC).
- Ensure the Soho Road Business Improvement District Board actively engages with the local community in the ongoing development of Soho Road Business Improvement District
- Agree, develop and monitor key performance targets to drive continuous improvement.
- Proactively promote and influence the policy, planning, commissioning and delivery of Soho Road Business Improvement District projects
- Ensure that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust, and that the Management Group is kept fully informed through timely and relevant information.
- Assist with the development of a ‘business’ culture promoting a can do attitude.
- Play an appropriate role in building external relationships with key stakeholders
- Ensure Soho Road Business Improvement District is represented on key boards and plays a proactive role in influencing the policy, planning, commissioning and delivery of projects across the BID area.
- To be aware of changes in national policies and assess the impact upon Soho Road Business Improvement District
- Ensure that the Soho Road Business Improvement District values diversity and demonstrates equality of opportunity in all aspects of its activities.
- Act as an Ambassador for Soho Road Business Improvement District
- Execute the responsibilities of a company director according to lawful and ethical standards at all times.
- Oversee the publishing of an Annual Report and Accounts each year, highlighting priorities, progress made and key issues for future development.
- Ensure that the business of the CIC Management Group is conducted efficiently and effectively and uses systems of internal control that enables the work of the Soho Road Business Improvement District to be carried out effectively.
- Soho Road Business Improvement District members are given the opportunity to express their views and that appropriate standards of behaviour are maintained in line with the agreed code of conduct.
- Responsibility is exercised within a specifically designated area of work; eg, Chair, Finance and Strategic representation or themed roles.
- Act at all times in a manner that promotes a positive and exemplary standard of conduct
- Attend all Board meetings, traders meetings, specialist meetings as and when they come up. Meetings can be called at short notice, be during the day or evening.
- Other duties as may be added as needed
If you are interested and would like an application form please contact Diane Mansell BID ManagerOn the following:email@example.com 554 6967 Dear Levy PayerReminder NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGSoho Road Business Improvement District CICCompany Number: 9000517NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Soho Road Business Improvement District CIC will be held on:15th November 2018 6.30pm till 8pm South and City College BirminghamHandsworth CampusSoho RoadHandsworthBirminghamB21 9DP Only members liable for BID Levy are invited to attend the AGM.AGM Agenda
- Welcome, apologies and opening remarks from Bob Balu Chairman of Soho Road Business Improvement District CIC.
- Ordinary Business
- To receive a report of the audited Financial Statements of Soho Road BID CIC for year to 31 March 2018 from Harwood’s
- Questions and Answers regarding Accounts
- Update on the Successful Renewal Ballot and what happens next
- An update on the activities of Soho Road BID CIC from the Police team
- To receive a report on the future activities of Soho Road BID CIC from Diane Mansell BID Manager
- Questions and Answers
- Closing remarks from Soho Road BID CIC Chair Bob Balu
Businesses vote ‘YES’ for a Second Term of the Soho Road BID in Birmingham.Soho Road Business Improvement District (BID) will continue to raise the profile and support businesses in the Handsworth Area for another five years unlocking more than £1.2million of investment for the area over the next five years.After a busy month-long ballot period, businesses have voted yes to another five year term for Soho Road BID. 65% of businesses who voted in the ballot voted YES and 55% voted in favour by rateable Value.Commenting on the result, Bob Balu, Chairman of Soho Road BID, who has spear headed the renewal campaign, said: “This result truly is a new and fresh opportunity for the businesses in our town centre to continue to transform the future of not only the BID area but also the whole of Handsworth. There have been a number of great individual achievements in recent years, such as our Silver Gilt award in the Heart Of England In Bloom, £100,000 worth of public realm work, the amazing development of the regionally renowned Diwali event attended by over 20,000 people, launch of The Business Crime Reduction Partnership and the development of the Ambassador Program. But this result is a strong vote by all of our businesses to choose to invest together into our shared future building upon what has already been laid down in the first five years, and keep pressing forward to see our town centre transformed. I would like to say a huge thank you for every business that took part in the voting process and all the organisations including Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police and Andy Street Mayor of West Midlands Combined Authority who have really supported us throughout this process it was very much appreciated. There is a massive opportunity for all organisations to come together now and make sure that we are all working for the good of Soho Road BID Area and doing all we can to put the area on the map.”
Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “This is exciting news, not just for businesses in the Soho Road area but for the wider community, who will also see significant benefits from this decision.“Overseeing economic development across Birmingham is a key part of my responsibilities as council leader, so I am delighted that the business community in Soho Road has overwhelmingly backed a second term, enabling Soho Road BID to continue growing and building on its successes.”Diane Mansell, Soho Road BID Manager said “This is Soho Road BID Areas time and the BID team are delighted that we are going to continue to be part of it. There are so many exciting things about to happen such as focusing on implementing a number of new initiatives and projects such as increasing the number of ambassadors over a full 7 day a week program, creation of the Handsworth Hero’s Awards ceremony, development of the B21 Wedding Central branding and program of supportive street events and development of the Business Crime Reduction Partnership and activity evenings. This really is an exciting time for the BID area”For more information on the Soho Road BID, please visit sohoroadbid.org
For further information, please contact Diane Mansell at firstname.lastname@example.org.Birmingham’s Premier Diwali Mela in Conjunction with Sony TV Announces Headline Acts…Andy Street Mayor of West Midlands Combined Authority Urges Businesses to Vote Yes in the BID Renewal VoteWatch below as Andy Street explains why it is important to Vote Yes during the Current Renewal Ballot ending on the 25th Oct 2018.
Soho Road BID has scooped the second highest award – a Silver Gilt – in the Business Improvement District category at the Heart of England in Bloom awardsThe achievement was announced at an awards ceremony in Burton on Trent on Thursday the 20th September and the silver-gilt award means Soho Road could be a potential gold award winner in the future. Bid Manager Diane Mansell and Louise Bessant from Birmingham City Council attended the event to pick up the award.Diane said “It’s a wonderful result. It’s the first ever time the town has entered and we’re absolutely delighted. It’s testament to the hard work everybody put in this year, not just the BID members, but all the people who joined in with sweeping, weeding, litter picking and all the shop keepers who decorated their windows with welcome to the judges posters. We also couldn’t have done this without the support of Birmingham City Councils Waste management teamThis award is for everybody. There can’t be many people in the BID area who haven’t contributed to the result in some way, whether by picking up a bit of litter, watering, planting and tidying up their business frontages and so on.We had several big clean ups in the town, which made a huge difference. The Soho Road In Bloom management team is very small so we couldn’t possibly have done it all ourselves but this award just goes to show how fantastic the team work is supporting the BID area.The award is only a small bit about the flowers the main section is about community cohesion and the environment and being involved does makes you feel like part of a community.” Google Bus is Coming To Soho RoadSoho Road BID are working with Lloyd’s Bank to bring the Google Bus to Soho Road for the first ever time. The Bus will be here on the 15th June between 9 am and 5 pm all details for the FREE event are below.Soho Road In BloomSoho Road BID is entering Heart Of England In Bloom for the very first time this year in the Business Improvement District Category. on the 8th June between 10 and 2 we need as many volunteers as possible to come out and help us plant up all the planters in the town center. the planters will make the center look stunning for the summer months. BBC2 will also be here on the day filming our progress for a BBC2 documentary that will be aired next April. if you would like to support the scheme and maybe get on TV supporting your community please meet us at Handsworth Library at 10 o’clock on the morning of the 8th June the more the merrier.Business Women of Soho Road BID Coffee MorningsThis year for the first time the BID is offering business women who operate within the BID area to a monthly networking coffee morning at the BID office. The meetings give businesses a chance to catch up on all things BID related and also chat to other like minded individuals. Why not drop in for a cuppa and a cake between 10.30 am and 11.30 am on the dates shown below or contact the office for more details. Soho Road BID Open EveningsThis year for the first time the BID is offering businesses the opportunity to pop into the office on a monthly basis without an appointment to chat to the BID manager or Crime and Community Liaison Ambassador about any concerns you might have. The meetings give businesses a chance to catch up on all things BID related and also chat to us about any support you might need. Why not drop in for a cuppa between 4 pm and 8 pm on the dates shown below or contact the office for more details.Social Enterprise You and Your CommunitySoho Road BID are taking part in Social Enterprise Week 2018 and we are supporting our local Social Enterprises by running a You and Your Community Social Enterprise Awareness Day on the 26th April 2019. The event is free of charge so please drop into the office between 12.30pm and 3pm for a cuppa and a chat.
April Open Office Day AnnouncedThe BID Manager and Crime and Community Liaison Ambassador will be on hand throughout to help you with any queries, concerns or requests of support you may have or even if you fancy having a cup of tea and a chat at the new offices.No appointment is needed you can just tun up to the office during the open evening times.Smart Switch Launches on Soho RoadMany businesses have asked for our support to bring energy costs down. Love Energy Solutions are a completely FREE service you can access who can take all the paperwork and stress that transferring energy suppliers can bring on.A representative will be at the office between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday the 26th April to support you with any questions you may have on all energy concerns. Even if you are in arrears with your energy supplier please don’t ignore the situation Love Energy Solutions can help you. All you need to bring with you is your latest bill and they can do the rest.
Soho Road BID’s first Levy Payers Meeting of the year 2018 All Levy Payers are invited to our first meeting of the year on Thursday evening starting at 6.30.The Board will be launching the second phase of the Re-ballot consultation and updating traders on new schemes and projects.
Soho Road BID’s first I Love Soho Road DayWe are working with lots of partners within the area from 10 till 4 on to show just how much we love the area.Support services will be out and about talking to businesses and volunteers will be working with waste management at the council painting, litter picking, removing fly posting and graffiti while AMEY will be doing Highway improvements.If you would like to help, meet us at the library at 10 o’clock on Wednesday 14th Feb 2018