Cambridge BID hosts forum on city’s future

If you consider the coverage generated about the future of Cambridge, you’d be forgiven for thinking the region is enjoying some kind of boom – and you’d be correct because Cambridge is indeed one of the UK’s top locations, at least according to the Sunday Times which recently labelled the city as “a boom town for the brainy”.

But with the rate and nature of development in the pipeline what’s the overall blueprint? Cambridge Business Improvement District (BID) is holding a series of open forums to discuss how best to shape Cambridge for the future, with the next event held on Thursday.

City centre business owners and managers are being invited to share their views and ideas, as well as air concerns, at the free workshop.

Ian Sandison (pictured), chairman of Cambridge BID, said: “In the wake of Brexit and with the new mayoral elections fast-approaching in May, this is a time of great change and, indeed, great opportunity for our city.

“But while the growth in housing and the local economy is positive, the high street remains challenging with changes in spending habits, business rates and training levies all affecting business and consumer confidence as well as Brexit.

“Never has it been more important for city centre businesses to get involved and be a part of the discussions which, not only are going to shape strategies for the years ahead, but also impact hugely on our city centre of the future.

“We welcome opinion on what’s been achieved so far over the last five years and, crucially, input on what’s most important to businesses in the years ahead.”

The workshop on Thursday (March 30) involves three sessions at The Hilton Cambridge City Centre Hotel, Downing Street: 8.30am-10am, 10.30am-12pm and 12.30pm-2pm.

To book your free place, please call Cambridge BID on (01223 903300) or email becky.burrell@cambridgebid.co.uk, confirming which session you wish to attend.

Find out more about Cambridge BID at www.cambridgebid.co.uk. And watch out for more news from this space, because it’s busy busy busy!

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