THE TEAM behind the bid for a BID in St Ives has promised a new voice for businesses if the scheme goes ahead.
St Ives Chamber of Commerce is behind the planned Business Improvement District (BID) which hopes to generate cash to promote the town and its businesses for a year-round economy.
Voting is currently going on among the area's 200-plus businesses on whether to create the BID, which will take a levy, based on their business rates, from each firm to put into a central pot.
The BID steering group said consultation has shown that local businesses want better communication with the town and Cornwall councils and say that they will provide that.
Andrew Mounsey, chairman of the St Ives Chamber of Trade and Commerce said: "Following recent discussions a framework can be set up that will enable BID, working alongside the chamber and St Ives Tourism Association, to establish a much more effective and practical way to ensure that businesses are better represented and consult with the town and Cornwall council on the many important issues that will affect all businesses in town every day.
"This, in turn, releases our committee and funds to address other areas of business assistance.
"Those areas include representing businesses in town planning applications, member support on training, recruitment initiatives, new business set-ups, business to business fairs, networking and business expansion assistance.
"These are issues that our current activities mean we simply can't action effectively at the moment."
The chamber has also recently been able to instigate meetings with representatives from government ministers, he said.
John Hill, proprietor of Pels and a chamber membership representative, said: "St Ives historically has not been successful in obtaining and using the external funding available during the last few years.
"With a successful BID vote we can set in place a process to address that opportunity. From the discussions we've already had we are led to believe that some European funding could soon be available for South West England and Cornwall."