Business improvement plan moves ahead in Shawlands

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Plans for a Shawlands Business Improvement District (BID)are moving forward, with a coordinator appointed to further develop the proposal.

The scheme, already in place in nearby neighbourhoods of Clarkston and Giffnock, involves companies paying in to improvement projects, with the aim of improving business as well.

As reported in The Extra, a steering group secured £40,000 in Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council funding to start the BID campaign — although the success of the project will come down to a ballot of businesses in Shawlands.

Lisa McLaughlin, from Giffnock, has taken up the coordinator role, drawing on her experience as owner of Ollaberry in Clarkston.

Gary Broadhurst, chair of Shawlands BID, said: “We are delighted to have Lisa involved. Her experience plus her involvement in Clarkston’s BID process means she has a good and clear understanding of the BID, and the impact it can have on a town and its businesses.

“We’d like to say thank you to the management team at Langside Hall for providing free office space for Lisa — their support highlights the ongoing commitment to improve the area.”

First on Lisa’s agenda is a competition to create the new BID logo — a project backed by Patrick Evans of the Art Village.

The winning image will be used the website, leaflets and posters for My Shawlands, the official BID campaign.

Lisa explained: “We’re looking for a logo which appeals to the broad group of people who shop, live and work in Shawlands — perhaps an iconic image represented in a contemporary way, or it could be something abstract. The options are endless.”

Patrick added: “The southside is home to a number of established and budding artists and is being increasingly recognised as the arts district of the city — the Turner exhibition at Tramway is just one fantastic example of this creative movement. I have no doubt the My Shawlands competition will be a great success and we will have a logo which represents the town and its people.”

Entries are welcome at the Art Village until a deadline of February 19 — for more info, contact Lisa at shawlandsbusinessassociation@gmail.com.