Traders in Milngavie are being urged to ‘grasp the opportunity of a lifetime’ and vote YES for the BID to ensure a bright future for the town.
The Milngavie My Way BID chairman, Ian Lavrie, is encouraging business owners to take their last chance to vote for a positive future for their trading environment, the wider community and an injection of half a million pounds in cash over five years.
He said: “I’m saying ‘Wake up and smell the coffee’ and please vote for a town centre where businesses large and small can speak with one voice and through collective investment make a lasting difference to the town’s fortunes.”
The ballot for a proposed Business Improvement District (BID) closes on March 17 – so there is now only a few remaining days for people to vote.
Ian added: “I want to ensure that people give a resounding YES to the business plan that we have put to them. “I and my fellow Steering Group members have spoken to many business owners over the last few weeks and we are feeling a real buzz about the future, now that they understand the benefits that a modest payment per week would bring them.
“We have new businesses supporting us whilst also welcoming the participation and commitment of our larger retail partners to putting Milngavie on the map for locals, shoppers and tourists alike.”
Of particular note is the support of Tesco Stores .
Maureen Gallagher, Tesco Milngavie store manager, said: “We are delighted and proud to support the BID, and look forward to getting more involved in this exciting community venture.”
Tesco and M&S have already taken part in BID projects such as the Christmas lights switch on last December and they are keen to be involved in future projects.
Smaller businesses such as Beauty at No.25 on Main Street are also backing the BID.
Joint owners Christine and Katie Johnston weren’t sure about the BID at first but now they understand the benefits it will bring they are fully behind it.
Katie said: “Our business is here to stay and we are looking forward to working with other local businesses to make the town centre a more attractive and happening place over the next five years.”
The confidential ballot for Milngavie Business Improvement District closes at 5 pm on March 17, with the count being conducted by East Dunbartonshire’s Returning Officer later that evening.
If successful, a BID company will be formed and begin operating on May 1 this year.