Kingstonfirst wins record third term as town centre managers

Surrey Comet: The Kingstonfirst team toasts the prospect of five more years in charge of the town centre The Kingstonfirst team toasts the prospect of five more years in charge of the town centre

Kingston's town centre management team is celebrating after businesses voted overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the company on for another five years.

Kingstonfirst won a third term as the town's Business Improvement District (BID) on Friday - the first BID in the UK to achive such a feat.

Friday's results revealed 81 per cent of business ratepayers voted yes to keeping the group in charge of managing and marketing the town centre following a month-long ballot.

Turn out for the poll was 55 per cent.

Kingstonfirst chief executive Ros Morgan said: "Our vision for the next five years is to make a great town greater.

"I’m delighted that Kingston businesses have so resoundingly shown their support for Kingstonfirst.

"While we have accomplished plenty already, we’re excited to do much more. Over the next five years we will be investing £8.27 million to deliver further positive changes.

"With the successful BID renewal, the opening of the renovated ancient marketplace and the Riverside Edge development, 2014 is shaping to be a fantastic year for Kingston."

Banquet Records manager Jon Tolley was one of the traders who voted in favour of Kingstonfirst.

Surrey Comet:

Kingstonfirst won a third term with 81 per cent of the vote. Turnout was 55 per cent

He said: "For independent stores, having a BID is a no brainer.

"We get more out of Kingstonfirst than we put in. But it’s not just about saving money – it’s an ethic. It’s not a compromise for indies to be in conversation with corporates. It’s not a contrast for a socialist to be a businessman.

"In fact, Kingstonfirst ties everyone together and is exactly about working together."

Greg Hughes, Kingstonfirst chairman and managing director of Bentalls department store, said: "The renewal of Kingston’s BID is a significant and positive milestone, not only for the town but for the UK as Kingstonfirst goes into its third term leading the way for others to follow.

"This will enable Kingston to build on the excellent work it has been doing to deliver a more innovative, commercial and bespoke approach to shaping an even greater future."

Kingstonfirst’s third term begins on January 1, 2015 and will run until December 31, 2019.

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:54pm Mon 30 Jun 14

S Leader says...

Having just had the local elections I thought the electors had chosen who should represent them in kingston and who should be accountable for spending our taxes but again we will have no say .The fiasco with our market place is a prime example of how money is wasted by kingston first with the residents having no say in that either
Having just had the local elections I thought the electors had chosen who should represent them in kingston and who should be accountable for spending our taxes but again we will have no say .The fiasco with our market place is a prime example of how money is wasted by kingston first with the residents having no say in that either S Leader
  • Score: -11

10:04pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Superowen says...

I'm board of people being idiots now ... All you have to do is read articles to realise Kingstonfirst isn't funded by our taxes but additional business taxes paid on top of business rates (optionally) and just read another article to see it was the council who did the market not Kingstonfirst!

I'm all for pulling people up on things when they get it wrong but common at least get the facts right
I'm board of people being idiots now ... All you have to do is read articles to realise Kingstonfirst isn't funded by our taxes but additional business taxes paid on top of business rates (optionally) and just read another article to see it was the council who did the market not Kingstonfirst! I'm all for pulling people up on things when they get it wrong but common at least get the facts right Superowen
  • Score: 13

6:20am Tue 1 Jul 14

Beverly RA says...

The Market Place and Tolworth Broadway were the Lib Dems final Folly and one of the many reasons they got kicked out.
The Market Place and Tolworth Broadway were the Lib Dems final Folly and one of the many reasons they got kicked out. Beverly RA
  • Score: -6

8:01am Tue 1 Jul 14

0753waterloo says...

So why is the Conservative Mayor claiming credit on Twitter?

@LDN_Culture: A grand new setting for Grade II* Listed Market House in #KingstonAncientMark
et thanks to @MayorofLondon #HighStreets http://t.co/7bvv5ZfT
6P
So why is the Conservative Mayor claiming credit on Twitter? @LDN_Culture: A grand new setting for Grade II* Listed Market House in #KingstonAncientMark et thanks to @MayorofLondon #HighStreets http://t.co/7bvv5ZfT 6P 0753waterloo
  • Score: 8

8:09am Tue 1 Jul 14

0753waterloo says...

And from the Tudor Conservative account :

@positive4future: Cllr Hugh Scantlebury opening Kingston Ancient Market w Ross Morgan of @Kingstonfirst + GLA Dep Mayor Kit M'house. http://t.co/IoyHxst0
HG

Seems that Tories are against the market place unless there is a photo to be taken.
And from the Tudor Conservative account : @positive4future: Cllr Hugh Scantlebury opening Kingston Ancient Market w Ross Morgan of @Kingstonfirst + GLA Dep Mayor Kit M'house. http://t.co/IoyHxst0 HG Seems that Tories are against the market place unless there is a photo to be taken. 0753waterloo
  • Score: 5

1:35pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Agamemnon & Cassandra says...

The Kingston businesses have voted overwhelmingly by 81% to keep Kingston 1st managing the Town centre on behalf of Kingston Council. The fact that the Council now has a different leadership, is irrelevant to the matter being discussed, and just shows that some people will take any opportunity to score cheap political points.
The Kingston businesses have voted overwhelmingly by 81% to keep Kingston 1st managing the Town centre on behalf of Kingston Council. The fact that the Council now has a different leadership, is irrelevant to the matter being discussed, and just shows that some people will take any opportunity to score cheap political points. Agamemnon & Cassandra
  • Score: 13
Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree