Milngavie traders urged to have their say on town’s future

Make your voice heard - that’s the message coming from the Milngavie Town Centre BID Steering Group.

Firms are being encouraged to have their say as part of a consultation on what a Business Improvement District (BID) for the town should seek to address.

A BID is a business-led initiative within a defined geographical area, providing a mechanism for investment.

Projects funded through BIDs elsewhere include year-round co-ordinated marketing and events programmes, physical improvements to the streetscape and signage, skills development for current and future workforce, and crime and safety initiatives.

A BID raises its funding through a levy paid by all businesses in the BID area, matched by external funding sources, including the local authority and other partners.

Milngavie businesses are now being invited to take part in a consultation, by completing a short tick-box questionnaire which will be delivered by a member of the Milngavie BID Steering Group.

Ian Lavrie, chairman of the steering group, said: “We want as many businesses as possible to take part so that we can identify clear priorities for action.

“The results of the questionnaires will be independently analysed and responses not attributable to any individual business, ensuring confidentiality. We hope to have results available by the end of September in order to develop a costed business plan by November.”