Barrhead Town Centre will receive a visit from Hugh Henry MSP on Thursday 30th July 2015 as part of a campaign to connect Scottish MSP’s with Scotland’s towns. The Barrhead Business Improvement District’s Steering Group will host the visit which has been initiated by Scotland’s Towns Partnership. The campaign encourages MSP’s to spend a day in their local towns during the summer recess. 

The BID Steering Group, chaired by local businessman Paul Santi, will host the MSP on a visit around the town centre businesses. The MSP will have the opportunity to speak to staff and customers to hear about local issues and gain a sense of what is going on in the area.

Barrhead town centre businesses are currently developing a business improvement district (BID). Shopper and business surveys have been carried out in recent months with the intention of producing a business plan for the town centre that would see local businesses financing improvements to growth of the local economy.

Member businesses within a BID create a 5-year business plan that they believe will have a positive impact on their business environment. The business plan is financed by a local levy, with additional contributions often made by the Local Authority, and other funding levered in from the Scottish Government, other agencies and other funding streams.  This result is a strong local partnership involved its own future direction and collectively bringing about improvement and change.

If Barrhead town centre businesses vote in favour of the establishment of a BID, likely to be held early next year, they will put in  place the proposed business plans’ projects focused on local priorities including marketing, security, cost savings, community and charity events and improving the look and feel of the town centre.

Local MSP Hugh Henry said: “I have seen how BID can bring so much to a town and the input of such an organisation can bring huge benefits to business and the community. Our neighbours in Paisley launched a BID group not so long ago and already it's making a difference.

I am, as always, looking forward to spending time in Barrhead meeting with the people who run our businesses and many of the local residents who use their services. 

He added: "The on-going regeneration in the town has been a welcome boost for Barrhead with some amazing new amenities which are being put to good use.

"While I am aware of what is going on in Barrhead and the issues affecting local people I am looking forward to joining the BID Steering Group and accompanying them on a series of visits to local businesses to speak to owners and customers face to face. Getting out and about in my constituency is one of the best parts of my job."

SOURCE: Laura Molloy, BID project co-ordinator, RPL MKTG, laura@rplmktg.co.uk 07790 994 981 

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