UNLESS you are a town centre business it is likely you have never heard of the Business Improvement District ambassadors but you may be surprised to learn just how much they do for Mansfield.
BID ambassadors are part of Mansfield Business Security Group and their services are paid for by a levee of two per cent of a business’ rateable council tax value.
The BID and its ambassadors serve businesses in the inner ring road area and their main remit is to keep the town centre safe and clean, but they also help out with marketing.
The team is based at the old town hall and hosts a weekly meeting for businesses with Mansfield District Council’s CCTV and anti-social behaviour teams and neighbourhood policing teams.
David Wilson, business crime manager at BID, said: “We get together and count the crimes for that week and decide on our priorities - we identify premises with shop thefts and our ambassadors visit with crime prevention advice.
“We have seen a large percentage drop in retail crime.
“When we first started there were 45 crimes per week but this has dropped to between 10-12 crimes per week.”
The team circulates photos of known offenders to retailers who use radio handsets to share information with each other.
Ambassador Chris Rayner said: “My general duties are patrolling town and going into businesses to liaise with them and see if they need anything - not just security but marketing too.”
For more information about BID please visit www.mansfieldtowncentre.co.uk/