NORTH Yorkshire Council says it is 'looking forward' to working with Skipton Business Improvement District (BID) after businesses voted in favour of it going ahead for another five year term.

The council abstained from the month-long postal ballot, saying it wanted to 'hear the business voice and for the vote to be business-led'. It has adopted the same approach for all BIDs in the county.

North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for open to business, Cllr Derek Bastiman, said: “Businesses in Skipton have voted and they have chosen to support renewing the BID.

“I would like to congratulate the team at Skipton BID and we look forward to working with them in the future to ensure they are successful in their goals.”

Last year, North Yorkshire Council's levy to Skipton BID was £11, 355; this year the amount will be higher after the levy paid by all businesses was increased from one per cent of the rateable value of their business premises, to 1.5 percent.

More than 400 businesses in Skipton were eligible to vote in the 28 day ballot, which ended on November 16. 76 per cent of businesses voted in favour of the BID going ahead for a fourth term.