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We are extremely excited to announce the launch of our new One Chelmsford app which went live as of February 2019. The app will serve as the main method of communication between you, the BID members, and us. We can use it to conduct surveys to track our performance, to deliver projects that have been voted on via the app. One of the key functions of the app is the Offers button – where employees from across the city can receive discounts and benefits from other city-centre businesses. It is a great way to keep footfall and customer spend within the city rather than travelling elsewhere.

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In February we held our first BID Review and were really pleased with how many of our members attended the evening. Our aim was to inform you about what we have been working on since being formed in April 2018 and what exciting things we have in the pipeline. Proceedings were opened by local celebrity Denise Van Outen who has recently moved here. It was great to hear about the things she loves about Chelmsford, her favourite places to eat and shop, and what she really wants to see more of in the city.

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We are extremely pleased that we achieved over a 99% collection rate of BID Levy in our first year, allowing us to budget for all the exciting projects we set out to achieve. April 1st 2019 sees the start of a new financial year and we are confident of achieving similar levels of collection. We would like to take this opportunity to remind BID members that this is a mandatory levy after it was voted in February 2018 and the BID is in situ for a five-year term. Under BID legislation, the local authority (Chelmsford City Council) are required to collect the levy on our behalf and then send on to us, so the invoice will be sent from CCC. We will also be sending out a Year One Summary with the invoices. Thank you all very much in advance.

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2018 saw the BID support the first ever Purple Tuesday in November. This is the UK’s No. 1 Accessible Shopping Day and is orchestrated by Mike Adams OBE, CEO of We Are Purple. The day itself was heavily reported on across national news channels and we were very honoured to have Mike finish his day on Chelmsford High Street, where the BID had illuminated the Shire Hall purple. This was broadcast live on BBC news! Following the success of Purple Tuesday and the fact that it has now gone global, One Chelmsford are very proud to announce that we are the first BID in the world to become Purple Partners. As part of the partnership we will receive consultancy throughout the year on making Chelmsford a more accessible city for those that visit and work here. 2019 will see Purple conduct an Access Audit for us to act as a baseline for the BID to work with our businesses and local authorities to identify and improve accessibility. The audit will be reported on to our members later this year.

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Following a successful ballot result in February this year, the bills for the One Chelmsford BID levy will be sent out on Friday 1st June to nearly 500 businesses in Chelmsford City Centre.

In February 2018, Chelmsford’s ballot about whether to set up a Business Improvement District (BID) delivered a resounding YES vote. Following this, the One Chelmsford BID is now running, having officially launched on 1st April. In its first year, it will be aiming to deliver projects within the three main strands of its business plan:

  • Destination Chelmsford
  • City Centre Operations
  • Stronger Business Community

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We are pleased to announce that Michael Wray, One Chelmsford’s new BID Manager is joining the BID on 1st June to lead on the delivery of our five-year plan.

Mike, will be leaving Chelmsford City Council, where he has facilitated events, organised sponsorship and liaised with city centre businesses. ‘Taking on this new challenge with One Chelmsford will give me the opportunity to make a big difference to the city centre that I have worked for for a number of years. I’m excited to be able to work with businesses in a wholly new way to deliver on their ambitions’ said Mike.

One Chelmsford is proud to announce that it is supporting the inaugural year of the Chelmsford Arts and Cultural Festival. Read on to see how you can get involved.

The new festival is drawing inspiration from events such as Edinburgh Fringe and aiming to create a series of fun and inclusive events across the space of a week from 23rd June. It will be a celebration of creativity, industry and the heritage of Chelmsford. Reimagining the old Chelmsford Carnival, the week will launch with a colourful parade from the Parkway end of the High Street, and close just over a week later with the popular dragon boat race on Sunday 1st July. In between there will be street performers, aerial circus acts, pop-up markets, workshops, music, open mic, art and storytelling across the city centre.

One Chelmsford has set up its first 'theme group' to focus on the delivery of projects.

One Chelmsford has set up its first ‘theme group’, called Destination Chelmsford, to focus on planning and delivering part of the BID’s business plan. The Destination Chelmsford group will focus on marketing, events and communication.

Destination Chelmsford held its first meeting on 15th May and is being chaired by Sue Patel, Manager of The Meadows.

Further theme groups will be created for the other areas of our business plan; City Centre Operations and Stronger Business Community. If you would like to get involved, please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are very pleased to announce that businesses in Chelmsford City Centre have voted strongly in favour of One Chelmsford's proposals for a Business Improvement District (BID). Chelmsford will now join over 280 other places throughout the UK that have already seen their own BIDs transform their town and city centres. The Chelmsford BID will be one of the largest in the region.

The result was announced this week following a month long postal ballot during which the owners of the 461 business premises in the BID area voted 72% in favour. The turnout was 29%. Businesses  have voted for a 1.5% levy on their rateable values, which will raise around £650,000 per year to be used to support business growth initiatives in the city centre.


One Chelmsford has started its search for a potential BID Manager to lead and deliver our vision for the future of Chelmsford City Centre.

Over the last few years Chelmsford has been undergoing a renaissance in line with its new city status, with significant investments in office space and new retail areas such as Bond Street, a new leisure centre in the pipeline and thousands of new homes being built.

Just 35 minutes from central London by train, Chelmsford's location can make it an attractive place, but it also means it needs to be competitive to retain businesses, visitors and staff.

One Chelmsford believes we need to take advantage of this momentum to cement Chelmsford's increasing confidence as the county's premier business and leisure destination. The One Chelmsford BID proposals are going through ballot in February 2018, with a potential start date of 1st April 2018. If successful, we want to move quickly into action, taking advantage of the positive momentum. This means having the right person to take our vision forwards with energy and passion.