Business improvement district for Helensburgh mooted

A public meeting has been called to test the water for a Business Improvement District (BID) in Helensburgh.

A group of business people has applied for a grant to fund a full investigation by a professional firm which can be used to establish whether there is a case for trying to set up a BID in the town.

The meeting is being held next Wednesday, January 24, at 7pm in the Helensburgh Civic Centre – all local businesses are welcome and speakers are Phil Prentice, chief officer at Scotland’s town’s partnership and Andrew Spence, Oban BID manager.

A spokesman said: “For quite a few years the subject of a Helensburgh BID has raised its head and a little work has been done only to fail through lack of resources and there has never been a definitive answer as to whether or not a BID would be welcomed in Helensburgh.

“Recently a small group of local business owners were made aware of an opportunity to seek grant funding for a professional survey and study designed to established for once and for all whether there is an appetite for a BID and if so what the view of the business community is on what form that BID would take.

“Grant funding has been applied for and the meeting on Wednesday is to bring the local business community up to date and to let them know what to expect if and when the survey starts. It is anticipated that any survey would involve a one-to-one meeting with every business owner in the BID area (some 370 businesses) and once the interviews are complete the results would be assessed and full report provided.

“The survey will ensure that everyone who may be involved fully understands what a BID would entail and how it might impact on their business.”

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  1. This sounds like an interesting idea. We hear about other initiatives elsewhere ( Glasgow and other) that are having a significant effect on business start up and improvement. Given a fair wind and if local businesses can assist each other it might help us get out of the grip of stagnation that seems to afflict the town.

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