Dundee Business Improvement District – Open Meeting

An open evening aimed at highlighting the objectives of the proposed Dundee Business Improvement District (BID), and clarifying any points to local businesses, will be held this week.

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The Malmaison event, which will take place at 5.30pm for 6pm on Tuesday 24 February 2015, is free and open to all, from eligible voters and stakeholders to interested members of the public.

The event, which is part of Dundee Business Week, will coincide with the first day of voting, following the distribution of the BID business plan and ballot papers.  Businesses in the BID District have until Tuesday 7 April 2015 to cast their vote.

The BID is a business-led initiative supported by levy payers within the city centre and proceeds are used to fund initiatives designed to enhance the traditional commercial heart of the city. The investment budget will be in excess of £1.6 million and will ensure that the centre fulfils its potential and importantly allows businesses to action change on their own terms.  The BID will only spend money on services that are in addition to baseline Council services.

As well as members of the Dundee BID Steering Group and Dundee BID Consultant Neil Cooney, Alastair Mitchell of Falkirk Delivers will be speaking at the event, giving an insight into the Falkirk BID and what it has achieved as it enters its seventh year.

Mr Mitchell said, “I would urge Dundee businesses to view this as a unique and fantastic opportunity to take matters into their own hands. The BID acts as a working collective, giving the business community a strong voice not to mention a whole host of benefits.” 

Jon Walton, Chairman, Dundee BID Steering Group commented, “As the business plans and ballot papers prepare to be distributed, we are excited to be reaching this pivotal stage in the project, and the official start of the Dundee BID campaign. We would urge all city centre businesses to grasp this opportunity and, whether they are in support of the initiative or not, or remain undecided, we encourage them along to this event to help answer any questions and outline the tangible results which the Dundee BID proposes following our in-depth consultation with what the businesses themselves want.”

For more information, please contact Neil Cooney, BID Consultant – telephone (01382) 434642, email info@dundeecitycentrebid.com or visit www.dundeecitycentrebid.co.uk, where a copy of the Dundee BID Business plan is also available.

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