Hitchin BIDHitchin Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led and operated organisation that delivers improvements to the town centre that businesses themselves identified as being key to improving the trading environment; and is supported by North Herts District Council.
Hitchin BID was set up by Hitchin Initiative in 2009. The BID introduced Town Centre Rangers who act as the eyes and ears for the organisation, liaising with police and statutory services to ensure a clean, safe and secure welcome for residents and visitors alike. There are specialist evening marshals to monitor the night time economy on Fridays and Saturdays and Hitchin BID manage an effective Shopwatch, Pubwatch, CCTV and radiolink scheme. Recycling, environmental enhancements, street deep cleaning, Christmas Lights, events and marketing, car park promotions, snow clearance, training and business support are all part of the BID portfolio.
In February 2014, the BID was successfully voted in for a second term of five years with an 85% ‘Yes’ vote.