BID vote can do the business for Paisley.
BUSINESSES in Paisley are being urged to back a bold action plan to revitalise the town centre.
And all they have to do to help kick-start a new era for the town is put an ‘X’ beside the box on a voting form agreeing to set up a Business Improvement District for Paisley.
Postal ballot papers, along with the BID business plan are being sent to town centre businesses on Friday, (October 3) asking if they want to set up a BID company in Paisley.
If enough businesses vote to set up the BID, a board of directors from the local businesses community will be elected to run the organisation.
With fees paid by local businesses – ranging from as little as 55p a day – to fund initiatives, the BID company will start working to encourage more people to come to the town centre by organising events and other marketing and promotional campaigns.
The BID would also act as a voice for local businesses and as a buying group to get cheaper utility bills.
Yesterday town centre traders got together to launch the BID Business Plan and to encourage other businesses to vote to set up a Paisley BID.
Businesses have until November 13 to return their voting forms to the Electoral Reform Services, in the pre-paid envelope provided.
David Wallace is executive director of the hugely successful PACE Theatre Company, based in School Wynd. He said:
“I fully support this BID because it puts the success of the town centre at its core, it puts its future in the hands of its businesses and puts Paisley first.”
Maria Aitken, who runs Nibbles Sandwich Bar, in Johnston Street, Paisley is also backing the BID.
Maria said: “One of the most important factors in the successful regeneration of Paisley is bringing more people back into the town centre. The work that will be done by a Paisley BID will do just that.
“The more support the town’s business community gives to the proposal, the more we will all benefit. I would certainly urge businesses to back this plan and vote to form a BID company in the town.”
Abid Hamid, who runs the Newsrack shop, in Paisley High Street added: “As a small business I want the town centre to do well and bring more people to Paisley.
“I back the Paisley BID to do this.”
Pictured: Backing the BID – Paisley businesses owners with the BID Business Plan, from left David Wallace, Abid Hamid and Maria Aitken.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]