Exciting things ahead for Milngavie with BID

traders with YES banner celebrating  BID success.'18 March 2014'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
traders with YES banner celebrating BID success.'18 March 2014'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

Work has already begun to make sure that everyone in Milngavie will benefit from the town being a Business Improvement District (BID).

Just one week after the BID was voted in by business owners, steps are already being taken to establish the new company and ensure that projects benefit all levy payers from the early days of it’s existence.

The BID scheme will officially kick off on May 1 when a Milngavie Town Centre BID company will come into operation to run for five years.

Nominations will be invited from all levy payers for the new BID company’s board of directors, with letters going out within the next two weeks explaining the process.

Ian Lavrie, chairman of the current steering group, said: “The BID will be looking for a variety of business owners so that we have a cross section of the business community.

“We want to see retail, service, hospitality and professional services all represented on the new board which will be appointed following a nomination and if necessary election process.

“The ten posts are of course unpaid but the rewards will speak for themselves.”

Pauline Cameron, project manager for the Milngavie BID, said: “There will be up to 10 places available with a further two places being nominated by East Dunbartonshire Council as they are a major contributor to the BID’s funding.

“Police Scotland will also be invited to participate, as they are an important partner.

“We hope that they will be able to provide office space for the BID in Milngavie police station and provide a dedicated police officer for the town centre who traders will be able to contact. ”

The BID will involve every business with a rateable value property of £1,000 or over within its boundary paying a modest but compulsory annual levy towards a range of projects and services designed to boost the local economy and have far reaching benefits for the wider community.