• The Crieff BID

    The Crieff BID is about sustainable business growth in Crieff based around a successful economy supporting a strengthening community. The BID will seek to support business success, a stronger tourism and events economy with a growing local retail offering.

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  • The Crieff BID

    The Crieff BID is about sustainable business growth in Crieff based around a successful economy supporting a strengthening community. The BID will seek to support business success, a stronger tourism and events economy with a growing local retail offering.

  • The Crieff BID

    The Crieff BID is about sustainable business growth in Crieff based around a successful economy supporting a strengthening community. The BID will seek to support business success, a stronger tourism and events economy with a growing local retail offering.

  • The Crieff BID

    The Crieff BID is about sustainable business growth in Crieff based around a successful economy supporting a strengthening community. The BID will seek to support business success, a stronger tourism and events economy with a growing local retail offering.

  • The Crieff BID

    The Crieff BID is about sustainable business growth in Crieff based around a successful economy supporting a strengthening community. The BID will seek to support business success, a stronger tourism and events economy with a growing local retail offering.

  • The Crieff BID

    The Crieff BID is about sustainable business growth in Crieff based around a successful economy supporting a strengthening community. The BID will seek to support business success, a stronger tourism and events economy with a growing local retail offering.

  • The Crieff BID

    The Crieff BID is about sustainable business growth in Crieff based around a successful economy supporting a strengthening community. The BID will seek to support business success, a stronger tourism and events economy with a growing local retail offering.

  • The Crieff BID

    The Crieff BID is about sustainable business growth in Crieff based around a successful economy supporting a strengthening community. The BID will seek to support business success, a stronger tourism and events economy with a growing local retail offering.

  • The Crieff BID

    The Crieff BID is about sustainable business growth in Crieff based around a successful economy supporting a strengthening community. The BID will seek to support business success, a stronger tourism and events economy with a growing local retail offering.

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  • FAQ

    What will it do for Crieff?

    • The BID plans to ‘help Crieff help itself’ and lay out affordable priorities for the town and build its reputation as a successful place to do business, visit, live and work.
    • The BID could generate the financial resources to get things done.
    • It can help increase footfall bolstering the tourism and retail economies and bring about improvements to the town.
    • A period of extensive consultation will take place with businesses over the summer and into winter 2014. This will help to identify the BID area and the priorities as local businesses see them.
    • From these discussions a Proposal will be drawn up which will include delivery guarantees, performance indicators and management structure.
    • The BID Proposal is voted on by the eligible person liable to pay the non-domestic rate – not the ratepayer
    • Businesses must vote in favour of a BID in order for it to be established.
    • The vote is a postal ballot conducted by an independent agency.
    • A BIDs mandate is for a maximum of 5 years. A BID wishing to continue beyond 5 years must reaffirm their mandate through a renewal ballot.

    How does a town like Crieff become a BID?

    • A period of extensive consultation will take place with businesses over the summer and into winter 2014. This will help to identify the BID area and the priorities as local businesses see them.
    • From these discussions a Proposalwill be drawn up which will include delivery guarantees, performance indicators and management structure.
    • The BID Proposal is voted on by the non-domestic rate payers who will be responsible for paying the BID levy.
    • Businesses must vote in favour of a BID in order for it to be established.
    • The vote is a postal ballot conducted by an independent agency.
    • A BIDs mandate is for a maximum of 5 years. A BID wishing to continue beyond 5 years must reaffirm their mandate through another ballot, based on a further proposal.

    Who is involved?

    • The BID is led by Crieff Community Council linking with businesses, the community and interest groups.
    • A BID Steering Group has been formed from local businesses and have appointed a consultant Alan Rankin as Project Leader.

    How much will it cost me?

    This is to be decided once we have spoken to the business. To ensure that the BID satisfies your needs, it is important that we have a fully costed business plan. This will take time and can only be achieved when we know what you want.

    • BIDs across Scotland have each agreed a levy with their local businesses.
    • The levy is decided locally by the Crieff Succeeds Steering Group.
    • The levy is usually a series of bandings across the assessed rateable valuation of the property of the business . It is not based on what the business actually pays.
    • The banding is agreed and if the ballot goes through every business is required to contribute to the Business Plan.
    • PKC will collect the levy from each businesses and hold it in a separate account that is managed by the Crieff Succeeds Steering Group and not PKC.

    When is the Ballot likely to take place?

    Crieff Succeeds is aiming for June 2015. Ballot papers are sent out to all businesses a minimum of 42 days before the ballot deadline. It may be that the ballot papers get sent to the local business address or to the Head Office, it all depends on who holds the vote. Once dispatched, the ballot period runs for a minimum of 42 days  your ballot papers, therefore, need to be completed and returned before the deadline. Details of the ballot will be sent to all eligible persons a minimum of 42 days before the close of the ballot.

    How does the Ballot Work?

    The vote is a postal ballot conducted by an independent agency and is carried out under strict guidelines and regulations.

    • There must be at least a 25% turnout at the Ballot of all eligible properties owners registered in the BID area. Of them 50% must vote in agreement to the BID Business Plan.
    • Of the eligible properties owners that vote 50% of the total RV of these properties or eligible presons must vote yes.
    • If the vote is approved, all eligible properties owners, irrespective of how they voted are legally bound to pay the investment levy for each of the five years.

    How long will the BID run for?

    The BID will run for 5 years. The BID can then seek renewal by going to ballot again, when businesses will decide whether to renew the BID.

    Who is in the BID area?

    The Crieff Succeeds will focus on Crieff and the town centre but will explore the potential of businesses close to the town that customers see as ‘connected ‘ or ‘part of Crieff’ and makes business sense to be included.

    • The area and who is in it is not yet decided upon.
    • BIDS can be small or large areas and depend on the views of local businesses.
    • The Steering Group will take soundings from local businesses and decide in early 2015 what will be the best area and what types of businesses will best benefit from the BID.

    Who pays for a BID?

    • The BID levy is based upon the rateable value of the building in order to treat all businesses in a transparent manner.
    • Eligible persons liable to pay the non domestic rate within the BID area pay for the BID through a separate levy invoice that is raised by the local council.
    • The levy is payable on the Rateable Value of the property and not on the actual rates you pay.
    • The specific level of any investment is the decision of the business community. It the businesses who vote on the BID proposal and it are the businesses who decide on the investment levy.

    If the ballot is successful and voted no, will I still have to pay?

    • Yes, if a majority (over 50%) of those that vote, vote in favour by both number & rateable value, the levy will become mandatory.
    • Payment of the levy carries the same enforcement as non-domestic rates.

    If voted in who will manage the BID?

    • If local businesses back the plan the existing Steering Group stand down and the BID will be run by a new company, a wholly independent, non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee.
    • It would have a Board of Directors, comprising members elected from all the business sectors, and representation from Perth and Kinross Council.

    Will the BID just replace what PKC should be doing anyway?

    • The BID does not replace statutory activities or services carried out by Perth and Kinross Council, Police and other public agencies.
    • The BID will agree with PKC a Baseline Agreement that will confirm the statutory and non-statutory services they will be held to deliver during the life of a Business Plan.
    • The BID looks to provide additional benefits to Crieff businesses not replace services they can expect from PKC.
    • The great thing about a BID is that the projects are set by businesses, through a series of consultations. The money is kept local, and spent locally, for the benefit of the local area.

    Who is eligible to vote?

    This is laid down by statute from the Scottish Government; It is the eligible person to pay the non domestic rate.. You will be asked, prior to the ballot, to identify the actual person responsible to vote .This is likely to be the business owner in the case of locally owned businesses. Responsibility for regional or national companies may be held at head office level. For such companies it would be advisable that you contact your head office about the initiative and keep them informed.