If you still don’t understand what a BID would mean for Milngavie, why not go along to a special event next week to find out more?
An information evening is going to be held on Tuesday, February 18, in Cyan bar and restaurant, Stewart Street, Milngavie, at 6pm for 6.30pm.
It will be a perfect opportunity to learn more about the draft business plan for Milngavie My Way Business Improvement District (BID) for the town centre.
The meeting will explain how it would work, how businesses would benefit and more about the exciting plans for the precinct.
David Stein, the chairman of Scotland’s first BID in Bathgate and owner of a family butchers and delicatessen, as well as a new cafe/ bar, will explain how the BID has made a huge difference to his town.
And Eileen Bannerman, owner of Milngavie shop Besotted who also owns a shop in Bathgate, will explain how she benefited from the Business Frontage Improvement Grant scheme which is run in Bathgate. If the BID gets the go-ahead in Milngavie the same scheme could also be set up for business owners.
The Bathgate BID started in 2008 and last year there was an overwhelming ‘yes’ vote for a second term until 2018.
David said: “It was a resounding mandate from the businesses that the initiative was making a positive difference.
“I don’t think there’s a better measure of whether such a project is worth it, than the fact that those who are funding it wish to continue doing so and commit for a further five years.
“My advice would be for all the businesses in the proposed Milngavie BID to seize this lifetime opportunity with both hands.”
Eileen Bannerman, said: “We’ve seen a real difference to Bathgate’s centre since the BID started six years ago, with lots going on to encourage visitors and shoppers throughout the year in a safe and attractive environment.
“We, like many others, have benefited from Bathgate’s Business Frontage Improvement Grant scheme, which helped transform our shop frontage at a time when we couldn’t have managed to do it on our own. The grant alone more than covers the cost of the levy we pay.
“I was a little sceptical of what could be achieved with a BID at first but the experience of Enterprising Bathgate has made me a firm BID advocate.
“That’s why I joined the Milngavie My Way Steering Group to help make it happen. It’s the way forward for town centres.”
For more information go to www.milngaviemyway.co.uk