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Council leader urges firms to back the BID


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Council leader urges firms to back the BID.

Renfrewshire Council’s Leader is urging Paisley firms to get behind business-led plans to help revitalise the town centre.

Plans are well advanced in the town to set up a Business Improvement District – which would see local firms work together on projects of mutual benefit.


A BID is set up when all businesses within a geographical area opt to collectively invest in schemes to improve the area, paid for through a compulsory BID levy.

All firms within the BID area boundary will vote by secret ballot in October on whether to adopt the plans.

Paisley First – a group of local organisations who are leading the process – have produced a detailed business plan for how it will all work.

And Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan has thrown his support behind the proposals, saying local firms should back the BID.

He said: “Paisley town centre faces the same challenges as traditional shopping areas everywhere – but we believe there are exciting times ahead in the near future.

“The council this year unveiled ambitious plans to use Paisley’s outstanding heritage and cultural assets to drive a wide-ranging programme of regeneration over the next decade and help attract tourism.


“But we can only make that happen with the support of all within the local community – and town centre businesses will be at the heart of that process.

“With that in mind, they stand to gain from having a body to represent their interests and bring people together to support projects which will help boost local trade for all.

“Business Improvement Districts are already working well in other towns and I would encourage all firms within the boundary to get on board with the proposals and back the BID.”

Councillor Macmillan recently met with former MEP Hugh McMahon and Ken MacDonald, of Houston Kiltmakers, the chair and deputy chair of the Paisley First Steering Group.

Hugh McMahon said: “Paisley First is fully supportive of Renfrewshire Council’s extremely imaginative and exciting proposals for town centre regeneration by exploiting Paisley’s historic past and iconic buildings.

“Paisley First has built on these proposals in our current business plan, designed to bring specific benefits based on dealing with issues highlighted through consulting Paisley businesses, to be circulated to all business in the proposed BID area.”

There are already 22 BIDs around Scotland, but should one be adopted in Paisley it would boast the highest number of businesses of any apart from Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

All business within the BID area will receive a copy of the business plan and a ballot paper when the 42-day ballot period kicks off on Friday 3 October.

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Paisley Business Improvement District


Paisley Business Improvement District

Derek Mackay MSP  announces support for Paisley businesses

Local Government Minister Derek Mackay today announced £20,000 funding to support the development of a Business Improvement District in Paisley.

Business Improvement Districts offer a sustainable financial model to support businesses in a defined geographical area of a town, city or commercial district. BIDS can augment existing public sector investment to provide mutual benefit and contribute to sustainable economic growth in the local economy. The businesses work together reducing costs, sharing risks and creating new opportunities for growth.

business-improvement-districtAnnouncing the award to support the development of the Paisley Business Improvement District, Local Government Minister Derek Mackay said:

“I’m delighted to support the work of local businesses in taking forward their proposals to form a Business Improvement District (BID) for Paisley and to help private and public sector partners to transform opportunities for the town.  Today I have announced the award a £20,000 grant to support the development of this project.  The BID aims to enhance events and the promotion of Paisley, which I wholeheartedly endorse.

“The Business Improvement District (BID) initiative links directly to this Government’s commitment to support sustainable economic growth and is particularly relevant in the current economic climate.  The initiative supports private and public sector partners in working together to  invest in improvements to the local business environment, while contributing to the wider regeneration of the local community.”Partners will now use the seed corn funding we have provided to develop  their proposals and work to enhance the prosperity of Paisley’s town centre.

“I look forward to seeing the Paisley BID progress and wish all involved well.”

Piero Pieraccini, Chair of the Paisley Development Trust added:

“I welcome the decision by the Scottish Government to give £20,000 grant funding to take forward the Business Improvement District for Paisley.  We look forward to working with people locally to take it to the next stage.  This will kick-start activity, and is great news for the town.”