The BID ballots were sent out to the addresses where Business Rates bills are sent. For chains like the Phone Companies, KFC, Nandos, TK Max etc with shops rated over £12,000 RV, the votes generally won't have been cast because they would have disappeared into back offices. Shops and Restarants smaller than something like 50 or 60 sq m don't pay and don't vote, but are heard. The BID team were out canvassing through October, they were making efforts to contact all Levy paying voters. They are interested in doing good for Brixton, they were looking to understand how their constituents interpreted that - Pissing in the Street and protecting the identity of the area were raised. They were informed that people regarded their remit as an unfortunate but inevitable privatisation of Council Services. They have regular meetings with the council, councillors, interest groups - It is something of a club and the board does get filled by people giving time and energy through enlightened self-interest. It does create jobs including the part of its budget assigned to the cost of the police people who wouldn't be there otherwise.