The Birmingham suburb of Harborne has become the latest to form a business improvement district.
Companies in the area have been taking part in a ballot over the past four weeks before returning a 69 per cent vote in favour of forming a business improvement district (BID).
A BID is a precisely defined geographic area in which companies pay an extra levy on their rates to fund additional services such as events and initiatives.
The Harborne Business Association has been leading the initiative and it now joins other areas in Birmingham such as Colmore Business District, Jewellery Quarter and Sutton Coldfield to form BIDs.
Barry Griffiths, chairman of Harborne Business Association and store manager of Waitrose in the district, said: "This is such an exciting time for Harborne.
"The business association is so pleased that local businesses have come together as a community to become the city's next BID.
"Harborne is a great community, with a brilliant mix of businesses. However, as with many local shopping areas, there have been some challenges which needed attention.
"Now, with the support of the local business community, the association can begin to address and resolve these issues.
"The 'yes' vote is a result of a lot of hard work by a lot of brilliant people, from business owners, managers and community members, most of whom have volunteered their spare time to help in the campaign.
"The association is thrilled with the result and very excited to get started on the next stages of our BID development."
Kate Smart, who has four years of experience in BID management, was appointed to help develop the initiative.
Harborne Business Association will now work with the city council to put in place the legal framework to become an official BID from January.