(With apologies to Monty Python)
REG: They’ve taken our money. And what has Skipton BID ever given us in return?!
XERXES: The Visit Skipton website.
XERXES: The Visit Skipton website – 20,000 unique users a month…
REG: Oh. Yeah, yeah. They did give us that. Uh, that’s true. Yeah.
COMMANDO #1: And they co-fund the Skipton Town Ambassadors.
LORETTA: Oh, yeah, the Ambassadors, Reg. Remember what the town used to be like without them?
REG: Yeah. All right. I’ll grant you the Visit Skipton website and the Town Ambassadors are two things that the BID has done.
MATTHIAS: And they give financial support for the Christmas Markets and the Christmas Lights Switch On.
REG: Well, yeah. Obviously they help fund the Christmas Markets and lights. I mean, the Christmas Markets go without saying, don’t they? But apart from Visit Skipton, the Town Ambassadors and the all the Christmas stuff…
COMMANDO #2: The International Puppet Festival.
XERXES: The Waterway Festival.
COMMANDO #3: Sheep Day.
REG: Yeah, yeah. All right. Fair enough.
COMMANDO #1: And Skipton in Bloom.
COMMANDOS: Oh, yes. Yeah…
FRANCIS: Yeah. Yeah, that’s something we’d really miss, Reg, if Skipton BID left. Huh? All the beautiful plantings around the town…
COMMANDO #2: The Cycle Races. Kids Comic Collective.
LORETTA: Business Crime Reduction Partnership and Best Bar None. It’s safer for shops and bars to do business now, Reg.
FRANCIS: Yeah, they certainly discourage retail crime and anti-social behaviour, helping the police catch criminals and so making Skipton a better place to live, to carry out business activities and visit. Let’s face it. That helps businesses a lot.
XERXES: They offer business support services like GrantFinder, ShopAppy and Footfall counters.
REG: All right, but apart from the Visit Skipton website, the Ambassadors, The Christmas Markets, the Waterway Festival, The International Puppet Festival, Sheep Day, Skipton in Bloom, Business Crime Reduction Partnership, Skipton Cycle Races, and all the business support services, what have the BID ever done for us?
XERXES: They offer grant funding for projects that support and promote the town.
REG: Oh. Funding for projects that support and promote the town? Shut up!