New Crieff BID Board

Crieff BID Board Elections

Following on from the successful vote in favour of the Crieff Succeeds BID, local businesses have voted in a new BID Board.

A total of seventeen people put their names forward and with 76 votes counted the new board is confirmed as

Ailsa Campbell, Campbell’s Bakery Andrew Cuthbert, JL Gill David Agnew, Valentines of Crieff Graham Donaldson, Gordon and Durward Kate Graham, Co-operative Food Neil Combe, Carnelian Crafts Robert Anderson, Tower Hotel Gastro Pub and Apartments Robert Salmond, Houseproud Paul Attewell, Red Squirrel Café Scott Bennett, The Strathearn Gallery Simon Pengelley, Strathearn Artspace Stephen Leckie, Crieff Hydro Ltd Stuart Cassells, The Famous Grouse Experience William Frame, Braemore Estates

In addition to the fourteen elected Directors two places on the board have been reserved for representatives from Perth and Kinross Council.

The new board will meet on 1st September charged with delivering the BID Business plan that in June received an overwhelming 70% vote in favour from local businesses. The Steering Group that took the BID through to a successful ballot will be stood down and hand over the reins to the new Board. Alan Rankin, the BID Project Leader, will assist in setting up the new BID Company and will then finish his role with the Crieff BID.

Ian Davison Porter, BID Scotland Director said. “The hard work starts now, delivering the projects and services voted for by the businesses of Crieff and making positive changes and improvements to Crieff town centre. I look forward to working with the new board of directors and BIDs Scotland will assist and help to make a successful business improvement district in Crieff.

One of the first jobs the new Directors will do is elect a chair and other office bearers then move to recruit a BID Manager. The Board will finalise a job specification and duties then advertise the post so as to start the recruitment process.

Alan Rankin, the BID Project Leader said. “The ballot attracted 76 votes from local business people so making the election process completely transparent and open. All voters had an opportunity to vote for or against the BID. When it was overwhelmingly voted in, all then had an opportunity to stand for the board and then all had an opportunity to vote for who they wanted on the board. The outgoing Steering Group were adamant that the whole process should be above reproach and open to all and they should be congratulated on the what has been achieved to date.”

The BID Company will be set up in line with other BIDs across Scotland and is charged with delivering the £700,000 BID Business Plan 2015-2020. The Plan seeks to promote Crieff, improve the reputation of Crieff as a place to visit, provide business support, save costs and provide a strong voice for the Crieff business community.

The BID 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.
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