Milngavie BID team are ready to start work

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The future really is looking bright for Milngavie now that the directors have been chosen for the newly formed Business Improvement District (BID) for Milngavie town centre.

Now the hard work begins for the 13 directors who formally took up their positions at the first meeting of the not-for-profit’s board of directors on Tuesday evening after nominations were received from businesses within the BID area.

The five year Milngavie Town Centre scheme, which formally came into operation on 1 May 2014, will generate at least £500,000 towards improving the local trading environment.

The BID will work in a variety of ways to improve Milngavie town centre through, for example, improving signage, planting more flowers and shrubs and organising events to attract more people to the area.

Pauline Cameron, who has been the project manager for the BID from the beginning, will continue to support the BID until a new manager is appointed - with candidates being interviewed during the next two weeks.

She said: “The range of skills and expertise of the new board members set the scheme off on a sure footing.

“The nominees represent a genuine cross-section of the Milngavie business community, which will hopefully ensure that every levy-paying business feels it has a voice at Board level as the project moves forward.

“This is a group of capable, dynamic and forward-thinking people who are determined to get the very most out of this project for the Milngavie community, and I’m sure the whole town centre will support them in their efforts.”

Here’s the final list: Retail - Rona Miller, Art Forum, Ian Lavrie, Allander Flooring Ltd, Leah Christie, M & Co, Colin Savage, Baxters Newsagents and Frank O’ Hare, Tesco Stores Plc.

Professional/business services - Neil Cunningham, Kersland Solicitors, Alastair Haydock, Haydock Music, Catherine Williamson, Bell Barr & Co.

Leisure services/hospitality - Glenn MacNay, Cafe Alba, Christine Johnston, Beauty at No 25 and Martin Colpi, Colpi’s.

East Dunbartonshire Council - Alan Moir, elected member East Dunbartonshire Council and Gail Macfarlane (advisory officer).

Ofice bearers: Chairman - Neil Cunningham, vice chairman - Ian Lavrie, who has worked hard over the past three years to achieve a successful BID, financial director - Catherine Wiliamson and company secretary - Alastair Haydock.

Candidates for the role of BID intern will also be interviewed over the next two weeks.