We’re BID-ding to make Giffnock a better place

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GIFFNOCK will soon become a Business Improvement District after local businesses gave firm backing to a Yes vote on BID status.

The intention of the BID is to encourage projects that will improve the area and entice people to shop more locally.

The BID is expected to raise £60,000 in its first year, and more than £200,000 over five years which will fund the projects aimed at enhancing the business area.

There are some 64 businesses in the Giffnock BID area.

Among the plans already thought out in consultation with businesses and shoppers are the creation of new, annual events to bring shoppers to the area, a new website and social media presence, a marketing campaign to promote Giffnock, improved signage and a review of parking laws.

New mall signs are to be installed and a retial forum will be set up to permit issues and opportunities to be discussed between the businesses.

Gordon Brown is the project co-ordinator for the Giffnock BID. He said: “I am delighted that we have secured a Yes.

“The local businesses have been a great help in pulling together the plan and we will now see the benefit of the bID as it begins to unfold.

“A lot of hard work has also gone into the planning and the consultation from the Steering Group and I can thank them for their hard work.”

Voting took place throughout June and July with the ballot closing on 25 of last month.

John Hamilton, the president of East Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, added: “We look forward to the positive benefits the BID will have for Giffnock business and for local people.

“The Chamber of Commerce is gratefull to the Sterring Committee of local retailers and to the project co-ordinators and supporters who have put such great effort into the project.”

While ERC leader councillor Jim Fletcher said: “We are delighted to hear about the ballot result and we will make sure that we support this great, local business initiative as much as we can.”