Not only was Lincoln BIG praised for the range and depth of the funding the organisation has managed to attract to the city, but the judges also acknowledged the city’s business improvement district for having one of the greatest range of activities and financial turnovers of any BID outside of London.
Lincoln was just one of five shortlisted for the awards, which recognise BID organisations delivering innovative projects and real economic benefits to their town or city. The Lincoln BIG entry has generated external funding to deliver city centre projects, with BID funding increasing from £225,000 in 2004 to £1.2 million in 2014.
As Matthew Corrigan of Lincoln BIG explains: “We are proud of what we have achieved in bringing in lots of external funding – all of which has been invested in supporting our city centre to grow and thrive. The award is also another important step in raising the profile of Lincoln.”
Earlier this month Lincoln BIG unveiled brand new brown signs that have been installed along the A1 to direct people the city and its heritage. The signs were erected after a campaign led by BIG and supported by business leaders, local politicians and the city MP Karl McCartney.