(30 Jan 2015) - Stirling City Centre BID Full Business Plan launched
Reactions from local business owners to the Stirling BID plans
Earlier this month, over 500 businesses located in Stirling City Centre received their copy of the full business plan for the proposed Stirling City Centre Business Improvement District, including all the national operators in Stirling. The full business plan can be viewed below.
The business plan has been put together by a team of volunteers, made up of members of the local business community, including invaluable input from the Thistles Shopping Centre, who want to work with the local businesses outside the shopping centre, for the benefit of the whole of Stirling City Centre.
The reaction from local business owners has been mixed. Almost half the traders in Upper Craigs signed a petition and approached the Stirling Observer to voice their concerns and air their views, which were published in the Wednesday 21/01/15 edition. "Critics hit out over BID plan" (page 7). A response from the Stirling BID steering group was also covered in <the article here>.
An open meeting was called and arranged for lunchtime of Wednesday the following week, in the Kilted Kangaroo in Upper Craigs.
Other businesses took to twitter to express their support of the Stirling BID, as can be seen below.
Today Friday 30/01/15, a follow up article was published in the Daily Record about Stirling as a feature on their "Insider Regional Report", <full article here>
"Stirling has a fine tradition of family businesses, which have grown over the decades from one-man bands into large local employers, and has also now become home to many well-recognised national names."
Many of these family business are based in Stirling City Centre and having survived the recent hard times, are now looking to the future. The Stirling BID steering group will continue to maintain a dialogue with many of these 3rd generation family businesses, up to the close of the ballot period, in order to explain the benefits that a BID can bring.
StirlingBID video Playlist. The series of videos above, with Anne Rendall, the Stirling city centre BID project manager, addresses some basic information about what a Business Improvement District is.