Falkirk BID bounces back after re-election

Falkirk BID team celebrate their re-election
Falkirk BID team celebrate their re-election

The team behind the Falkirk Business Improvement District was celebrating this week after being re-elected for a new five-year term.

Town centre businesses voted overwhelmingly to back the BID and its vision for securing additional services and funding for the area.

It has become the first such project in Scotland to stand for re-election and win a second mandate.

The BID works alongside Falkirk Council to promote the town centre and its businesses.

It was launched in 2007, initially for three years. More than 50 per cent of town centre traders were required to vote for its continuation if it was to secure a new five year term.

BID chairwoman Corrie Cuthbertson said: “I would like to thank the businesses in the town who voted for the re-election of the BID.

“I would also like to reassure those that chose not to that we will do our utmost to deliver projects and services over the next five years that will benefit the whole town.

“The successful result would not have been possible without businesses believing in the BID process and their desire to work closely together with our partners to help make Falkirk a cleaner, safer and friendlier environment.”

BID manager Alastair Mitchell thanked The Falkirk Herald for helping to promote the project.

He said: “We are very grateful for the continued contribution and support that The Falkirk Herald has offered.

“It has sent a loud and clear message that it backs the BID and the work we do.”

A new company will now be created to drive forward the BID process in Falkirk and nominations will be invited from levy-paying businesses for positions on the board.

The existing management group have agreed to continue in their positions in the interim period.

All businesses located within the BID area pay a small levy - one per cent of their property’s rateable value - to fund the project. Falkirk Council will shortly issue invoices for this levy on behalf of the BID.

The BID was responsible for the successful introduction of taxi marshalls and street ambassadors, and is one of the key partners behind the Funny in Falkirk comedy festival.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, convener of economic strategy, said: “The recession has been tough for retailers everywhere, but the BID should bring real benefits to Falkirk.

“It’s a very good scheme and encourages extra private investment in the area.

“I’m delighted that it has been re-elected for a second five-year term.”