Just over two years ago, three Stockport business men and women set up Vision Stockport as a Community Interest Company to encourage and support projects that could make Stockport a better place and a great town for everyone.
Past chamber president, Malcolm Hurst, Stockport vice president of Greater Manchester Chamber, Tony Millar, and SAS Daniel’s partner, Jean Walker, have since grown the team who have brought the BID to Stockport.
Helen White, director of Vision Stockport and co-founder of Marketing Stockport, said: "This is one of the most exciting opportunities that Stockport has had for many years, if ever! Has there ever been a better time to be a part of Stockport? I doubt it.
"I am proud to be a part of that team and, after 18 months of hard work and campaigning, the first project is about to kick off – and it’s huge!"
The Stockport BID will generate almost £2.5m of additional funding over the next five years, specifically ring-fenced for projects that will enhance the town centre’s offering.
First priorities are to make the town centre a better place for customers and employees; to improve the marketing of all areas of the town and to make it easier to do business in Stockport.
Helen added: "We have already listened to some great ideas in the run-up to the vote from businesses in the BID area.
“Ideas that will create a more vibrant town centre; a place businesses want to locate to, where employees want to work, where shoppers want to shop and where visitors want to visit.
"There are already some great people doing fantastic things for Stockport: Foodie Friday has been a phenomenal success; the teenage market is engaging with young people in the town; Vintage Village, Stockport Old Town festival, Robinsons’ Beer Festival – so many great projects – and the BID will be able to support even more.
"How good will it be to have an evening economy? By bringing more people into the town and encouraging them to stay longer, businesses will grow and be able to offer more choice."
"So, exciting times ahead for Stockport, for businesses and for everyone."