Birmingham is to get three more Business Improvement Districts, bringing to nine the number of revenue-raising schemes across the city.

Firms and shops in Sutton Coldfield, Acocks Green and Northfield voted to form BIDs in the latest series of ballots.

Businesses agree to pay a small additional rates levy in return for representation on a committee which decides how to spend the money to improve the local area, typically providing better security, marketing and environmental features.

Birmingham already has six BIDs covering Broad Street, the city centre shopping area, Southside, Colmore Row, Kings Heath and Erdington.

This is thought to be the largest BID network anywhere in the country.

At least 50 per cent of businesses must vote in favour in order for Business Improvement Districts to be set up.

Figures released by Birmingham City Council show that 58 per cent of those taking part in the Sutton Coldfield ballot were in favour.

The figure in Acocks Green was 64 per cent and 85 per cent in Northfield.

The results were welcomed by Tim Huxtable, the cabinet member for regeneration.

Coun Huxtable (Con Bournville) said: “I am delighted that the businesses have voted in favour of the BIDs being established, allowing them to begin to enjoy the same benefits and sense of local empowerment as businesses in existing BID areas.

“BIDs provide a fantastic mechanism by which local businesses throughout Birmingham can work together to use locally tailored intelligence and solutions to promote their collective well being.”