Jo welcomes announcement of second term for Orpington 1st

Local MP, Jo Johnson, has welcomed the news that businesses in Orpington town centre have voted overwhelmingly to renew the Business Improvement District (BID) for a second term.

First established in 2013, the BID, known locally as Orpington 1st, has invested over £1 million in projects to improve Orpington High Street and the surrounding area. Orpington 1st also runs a calendar of events such as the annual Christmas light switch on – held this year on 16 November.

In the recent ballot on the BID’s future, 82.3% of businesses in the town voted in favour of Orpington 1st running until 2023. The BID is funded primarily by a levy on those business premises within the BID boundary.

Commenting on the announcement, Jo said: ‘Orpington 1st does a fantastic job promoting and improving the appearance of the town centre. Sharon Baldwin and her team have worked exceptionally hard over the last 4 years, delivering noticeable changes in the Walnuts and along the High Street.

‘I am delighted that this work has been recognised by the local business community in the form of a new mandate for the BID. I will continue to work with and support Orpington 1st as they continue to raise the town’s profile.’

More information about the announcement is available on the Orpington 1st website, here.