Your Bromley is the Business Improvement District (BID) for Bromley town centre.

It is a business led and business funded scheme to improve Bromley town centre through additional services and new initiatives and aims to promote Bromley to visitors old and new.

The BID has been running for five years and there will be a reballot shortly.

For six weeks a member of the BID team will be sharing their experiences over the past five years and explaining why they feel a yes vote from Bromley businesses is important for Bromley.

This week we hear from Kieren Perera:

I’m Kieren Perera, Operations Manager for McDonald’s Bromley and Your Bromley Board Director.

Your Bromley BID: 'Putting our town on the map'

As a board director I’m really proud of the work we do for the environment in Bromley, from the free business recycling service run by First Mile, to the regular chewing gum cleaning. As part of the business community, I find these services invaluable. Both of these services really contribute to ensuring the town centre looks clean and welcoming. Your Bromley also helps maintain plant beds in the town centre too, bringing colour and greenery into the town.

In addition to this Your Bromley has funded additional police support for the town. I firmly believe the additional police presence really helps to prevent anti-social behaviour and make all the businesses in the area feel more secure. The night-ambassadors funded by Your Bromley helped with this too and we found they made a real, tangible difference to us at McDonalds.

Hospitality plays a big role in Bromley business – there are over 90 food and drink outlets in the town centre. Your Bromley has really helped the industry through the pandemic sending out the latest information and regular updates on key dates as well as really engaging with businesses around the grants available to them. I believe Your Bromley has directly helped some of the hospitality businesses in the town access funds that have allowed them to keep trading.

Your Bromley BID: Dedicated support for businesses

Under more normal circumstances Your Bromley plays a really active role in supporting the hospitality industry by bringing new visitors into the town. The events run by the BID like Midsummer Movies and the Christmas lights switch on all increase footfall that the industry, and the town as a whole, benefits from directly.

I believe the BID really does look after businesses in Bromley and that if the BID wasn’t there many of its initiatives and events would be noticeably missed. I encourage the businesses of Bromley to vote yes to another five years of Your Bromley.