Congratulations to Falkirk Delivers BID who have secured their third positive ballot result. This is also marks the twelfth consecutive successful renewal ballot since the creation of BIDs in Scotland.
The successful vote will see Falkirk Delivers continue to implement projects and initiatives designed to provide a welcoming environment, clean and safe streets for shoppers and visitors, improved marketing to encourage tourists to the town centre and to help secure inward investment over the next five years.
Falkirk Delivers was one of the original “Pathfinder” BIDs in 2008. A successful renewal ballot secured a further 5 year term in 2011, subsequently Falkirk Delivers is the first BID in Scotland to secure a third term. This will see businesses directly invest over £1m in the town centre over the next 5 years.
Throughout their previous terms, notable successes have included:
• Winning the first Keep Scotland Beautiful BID Award,
• Providing financial savings in waste and recycling with Zero Waste Scotland,
• Delivering award winning Evening and Night-Time Economy projects.,
• Falkirk town centre won the Scottish Safer Shopping Award,
The voting approval for a Business Improvement District (BID) in Falkirk town centre also gives businesses a unified voice on key local and national debates. It follows the outcome of the 6 week ballot which saw a majority of businesses voting for the Falkirk Delivers proposed business plan for 2016-21. The total number of votes cast was 268. In total, 69.4% voted in favour of the BID continuing, representing 57.83% of votes in favour by rateable value.
Alex Fleming, Falkirk Delivers Manager said “This is very positive news that will allow us to build on the raft of successful initiatives already established by Falkirk Delivers and its many partners and is confirmation that businesses understand the positive impact a BID can make. This gives Falkirk town centre businesses a strong voice locally and nationally and a guaranteed investment of £1m over the next 5 years. This does not include any further funding, sponsorship or contributions the BID may be able to attract. We are looking forward to delivering the projects and initiatives set out in our business plan which was drawn up in consultation with businesses and town centre users and includes all that people have grown to love and expect such as The Pirate & Princess Parade, Falkirk Fashion Week, Taxi Marshals and Festive marketing campaigns as well as new initiatives to encourage tourists to our town centre and create a thriving environment for future investment.”
Elliot Jardine of McDonalds Restaurants and Chair of Falkirk Towns Ltd said “I am delighted that, once again the businesses in the BID area have voted YES in support of the BID initiative. This vote only proves to strengthen the work of the previous 5 years and, by working together, gives town centre businesses a platform to really influence how Falkirk Town Centre is perceived. With projects and initiatives designed make the town more vibrant, safe and attractive the message is clear – Falkirk is a great place to shop, visit, work and invest in."
Ian Davison Porter, Project Director of BIDs Scotland said, "This is the twelfth straight renewal ballot success in Scotland and Falkirk’s third successful ballot. Local businesses have shown that they value the improvements and services delivered by Falkirk Delivers by voting them in for a third term".
Source: BIDs Scotland