Majority of businesses say they would back Rugby First for a third term

Aftab Gaffar, managing director of Rugby First
Aftab Gaffar, managing director of Rugby First
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Nearly three quarters of business owners said they would vote for Rugby First to stay in the town for another five years.

The Rugby BID is a private, not for profit company run by a board of directors chosen from businesses who pay a levy to fund it. The levy is based on the rateable value of the business.

I’ve been trading here long enough to remember what it was like before the CCTV and rangers and at times it was quite unpleasant

Andrew Salter, owner of Salters menswear store

Rugby First, which operates under the BID, provides CCTV, Town Rangers, cleaning services, marketing and events.

The town centre management company surveyed levy payers to gauge how they were feeling in the build up to the vote to decide whether Rugby First stays for a third term.

The survey showed that 73 per cent of respondents would vote ‘yes’ to Rugby First continuing to operate in the town from 2015 to 2020.

Aftab Gaffar, managing director of Rugby First, said: “The responses and feedback from businesses have been invaluable and will really help to shape the next mandate and business plan content.

“I’m very positive about the next vote and hope that businesses will vote yes to a third Rugby First mandate.”

Andrew Salter, owner of Salters menswear store in High Street, said: “I’ve been trading here long enough to remember what it was like before the CCTV and rangers and at times it was quite unpleasant. I think the BID is a really good thing and, although it’s not the cheapest in the country, it offers a great service.”