SKIPTON MP Julian Smith met with the manager of the Skipton Business Improvement District (BID) as a ballot to decide whether it will continue for another five year term draws to a close.

In mid-October, the town's more than 400 eligible businesses were sent a ballot paper in the post, giving them until Thursday (November 16) to either vote 'yes' or 'no' to extend the BID for a fifth term.

Mr Smith met with Skipton BID manager Sarah Howsen to get an update on the BID's activities across Skipton and to discuss how to further develop its relationship with North Yorkshire Council. It was also an opportunity to find out about the BID's recently published business plan for 2024-2029. If the BID fails to get the backing of levy payers, it will cease to exist at the end of March next year.

Mr Smith said: “It was great to meet with Sarah and chat about the work that Skipton BID have done in recent months, as well as their long-term plans. If the BID’s mandate is extended, I look forward to continuing to work with them and local businesses to support the Skipton community.”

The BID is funded by businesses, each of which pay an annual 1.5per cent levy of their rateable value.