THE Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID) is to reach the end of its five-year term this year and aims to seek re-election.

The group, elected by 350 town centre businesses in 2013 have invested almost £1.5million in transforming the town.

Its aim is to re-invigorate Blackburn by improving the trading environment and supporting local independent businesses.

The BID has been consulting its members through weekly working group meetings.

Blackburn BID Manager, Harriet Roberts, said: "Five years ago, businesses voted for a BID for the town centre based on a manifesto and a business plan which reflected their priorities in 2013. T

"The town centre has changed a lot since then and so have consumer habits.

"We have different challenges and therefore we need to go back out to businesses to find out what their top priorities are and what they would like to see if the BID is to continue beyond the end of the year.

"The consultation is chance for businesses to input in to a business plan for 2019-2023.

"We want to know what they would like to see improved whether its promoting the area, more police, concerns about the environment or something else."