Crieff businesses vote YES!

Crieff BID gets the thumbs up.

The Crieff Succeeds BID has been given a resounding level of support with a 69.79% Yes vote.

The full results of the vote are; Turnout by headcount 60.31%. Total votes cast 192. Votes in favour 134 (69.79%) Votes against 58 (30.21%) Spoiled papers 0. In favour by rateable value of votes cast 87.80%. The postal ballot was carried out by the Electoral Reform Services of London.

Stephen Leckie BID Chair said. “The members of the BID Steering Group are delighted with the outcome of the vote. The result now sets in motion a series of actions that will result in the BID becoming a reality in September The real work starts now as the success or otherwise of the BID will be down to the energy and efforts of those who choose to join the board and help make a difference for Crieff and the people who live and work here.”

Alan Rankin, the BID Project Leader outlined the next steps. We will be writing to the owners and rate payers of each of the 312 properties that received a ballot paper inviting each to nominate themselves to sit on the board. The board will be a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 16. Two places are reserved for PKC. If more than 14 names come forward there will be a ballot where all persons owning or managing the 312 properties will vote to choose the new board. The new board will meet for the first time on 1st September.”

The current Steering Group will continue in place, along with the support of Alan Rankin as project leader, through to the formation of the new board. The BID Company will be set up in line with other BIDs across Scotland and charged with delivering the £700,000 BID Business Plan 2015-2020. The plan will seek to promote Crieff, improve Crieff as a place to visit, provide business support, save costs and provide a strong voice for the Crieff business community. The BID Company will recruit a BID Manager who will report to the Board

Stephen Leckie added. “ The BID model is growing in popularity across Scotland and what we have learnt from other areas is the BIDs that work really well are the ones where business and community come together to make things happen. I would like to thank local business people, Perth and Kinross Council, The Scottish Government and the staff at BID Scotland for their support throughout this initial stage of working towards making the Crieff BID a reality.”

The BID has set out its Business Plan and Proposal around six key priorities.

  • Putting Crieff back on the map and attracting more visitors.
  • A more welcoming Crieff through improvements to the town centre appearance and better parking.
  • Buy local schemes supporting local businesses for local people and visitors.
  • Cash support for events to build year round programme of things to do.
  • Purchasing schemes that will save businesses money on utility bills.
  • Cash support for business improvements, staff training and business start-ups.

 

Further details are available on the BID website at www.crieffsucceeds.com

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