What We Do
We are focused on physically improving the urban environment and the facilities available for residents and employees. We promote the area as a destination for leisure and business, encouraging visitors to contribute to its economic success. We support the community with an enormous range of initiatives, helping residents to contribute to the local agenda and to secure jobs.
What we’re doing for a better South Bank
- Promoting, developing and delivering public realm improvements, for example 500 sq/m of graffiti is removed every month by South Bank Graffiti Removal Service (15,000 tags to date)
- Improving the standard of neighbourhood management for example 500 bags of rubbish are removed a month by the South Bank Clean Team
- Helping to coordinate the area’s security strategy through the South Bank Patrol, recently granted limited police powers through the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme
- Reducing carbon emissions from the area's major businesses and aiding them to adopt more green policies
- Finding long-term solutions to reduce the impact of antisocial street drinking, rough sleeping and entrenchment
- Finding work for over 300 residents in Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth each year
- Facilitating free local training and personal development and helping residents from deprived areas throughout Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth benefit from the success of South Bank
- Promoting South Bank as a top destination for leisure tourism, increasing spend and dwell time with the aim to maintain and grow the 25million visits to the area a year
- Promoting South Bank as the perfect venue for business tourism through South Bank Venues
- Ensuring residents have their say on local developments and projects through the South Bank Forum and community outreach
- Encouraging high quality development in the area
- Contributing to the well-being of residents in Lambeth and Southwark and ensuring that South Bank remains a top destination for people to live, work and visit
South Bank BID
SBEG has also been successful in promoting a Business Improvement District for the wider business community of the South Bank. In July 2014 a ballot of those business returned resounding support for the idea and from October 1st 2014, SBEG will deliver services to the BIDs members.
What is a Business Improvement District (BID)?
A BID is a business-led initiative that gives businesses a mechanism to improve the environment in which they operate to benefit their business, their employees and their clients and customers. Together, businesses identify projects and services that they think are needed to add value to existing services or introduce new services, and agree, through a formal ballot process, to a small levy on business rates typically around 1 to 1.5 per cent, which provides the necessary resource to deliver the agreed services.
Our consultation suggested a levy of 1 per cent for businesses with a rateable value of over £50,000. As an example, a business with a rateable value of £70,000 would contribute £700 annually to the BID. Those businesses with a lower rateable value will be able to choose to participate in the BID on a voluntary basis.
What are the benefits of a BID?
SBEG will work with the BIDs 180 members to:
- Deliver a safer, cleaner more accessible neighbourhood
- Promote the South Bank and its individual businesses
- Assist in reducing operational costs for businesses
- Help drive forward enhancements to the quality of the street environment
- Provide a representative voice for South Bank business
SBEG has been providing services to the neighbourhood with the support of our members for many years. The establishment of a BID delivered via existing SBEG service delivery mechanism will allow these services to be enhanced to the benefit of all businesses in the area.
Using SBEG as the delivery body will also minimise overheads so the greatest possible resource can go directly into service provision, rather than administration.
A website has been set up which contains further information: