A new Wi-Fi network is due to be turned on across Milngavie village over the next couple of weeks - thanks to local business group Milngavie BID.
Designed, installed and commissioned by industry-leading specialists 802 Works Limited, the new network will provide locals and visitors with fast and free access to the internet via the associated “Our Buzz Milngavie” app.
Businesses will be able to promote themselves to users via the app, providing details of who they are, where they are, what they offer, forthcoming events and any special deals they have on.
Ian Lavrie, vice chairman of Milngavie BID, said: “Quite apart from the ongoing benefits for our local traders, I think this project will really put Milngavie on the map.
“I expect we will have quite a lot of media interest and, if we do, that will raise the profile of the village and encourage more people to come here and spend money in our shops, cafes and other businesses.
“This project can deliver a huge boost to our traders and the village as a whole.
“It will help to foster a perception of Milngavie as a forward-looking shopping, leisure and business destination.
“New signage in the village will alert visitors to the availability of our free Wi-Fi and encourage them to download the app from Apple’s App Store or from Google Play.
“Once they do that, the local traders will be able to market directly to them.”
Milngavie BID is currently waiting for Vodafone to connect the Wi-Fi network. That is expected to happen very soon.
Once that is done 802 Works will conduct testing over the next week or two in order to identify and resolve any technical issues. It will then be switched on.
The new Wi-Fi network will allow Milngavie BID to offer traders free access to a new ShopWatch scheme. Participants will simply download an app to their own smartphones and then use it to phone other participating traders in the BID area.
Felix Gibson, managing director of 802 Works, said: “This project is hugely exciting for Milngavie and a real opportunity for the local traders. No town centre offers what Milngavie will have.”