JOIN THE STIRLING CITY CENTRE BUSINESS GROUP ON FACEBOOK
One of the objectives of the Business Improvement District is to help forge businesses into a strong community that has a unified voice, well-respected point of view and strong influence. We also wish to promote constructive dialogue among the BID business community, Stirling Council and wider community resulting in better-considered outcomes for the city centre.
We have, therefore, created a Facebook group that we hope will help us achieve that.
The group was created for businesses to network, ask questions, bring forward and discuss common issues they face in the city centre and suggest projects and initiatives they would like to see arranged by Go Forth.
As a collective of over 600 city centre businesses, we want this group to be a mechanism that sparks discussion and collaboration that will ensure that Stirling City Centre Businesses have a serious part to play in future developments that affect them.
You can join the group using either your personal profile or as your business’ Facebook Page.
LOBBYING ON YOUR BEHALF
As you are now aware, one of our key objectives is to promote constructive dialogue between the BID business community, Stirling Council and beyond.
In essence, we are here to lobby on behalf of Stirling businesses, should there be an issue that a number of our businesses are facing.
If you have any particular issue, our door (or inbox currently) is always open.
This week we have been asked to open a dialogue with Stirling Council on the topic of alcohol & premises licenses and the decision to charge in full when other local authorities in Scotland have chosen not to do so.
If this is something that affects your business and you would like to provide us with your views please let us know. Either reply to this e-mail or join the conversation on our Facebook group.
BIG THANKS FOR HELPING THE LITTLE
Last week we announced that any company with a rateable value below £51K will not be charged their 2020/21 fee unless they wish to voluntarily do so or are willing to contribute their ‘credit’ from last year towards the BID.
We have since been contacted by a number of local and national organisations below the threshold, who felt our organisation has been doing a good job at supporting local businesses, and who have, therefore, decided to pay their levy in full or to contribute their credit from the last financial year.
We wanted to say BIG THANK YOU!
It’s amazing to see the joint effort of businesses to support each other.
Our Current Projects, Events & Business Support Available
Annual Levy Payer Meeting
Don’t forget to register for our virtual Annual Levy Payer meeting that will be held on Thursday, March 11th.
Register via Eventbrite.
Free Mandatory Training
Make sure your business meets the mandatory requirements for staff training. With over 20 courses on offer, we surely have what you’re looking for and if not, let us know.
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New Funds and News from Stirling & Our Partners
- Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund – you are eligible if you became self-employed on or after 6 April 2019 but before 17 March 2020 (and are therefore ineligible for the UK Government’s Self Employment Income Support Scheme) or you became self-employed between 1 October 2018 and 6 April 2019 but are ineligible for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
- Mobile And Home Based Close Contact Services Fund – To be eligible you must own and operate a business that meets the definition of a Close Contact Service Provider ( e.g. beauty and nail services, hair removal services, art services, massage therapies, spa and wellness services and alternative medicine services) and you must operate your business primarily on a mobile basis or from home.
- Events Industry Support Fund 2 – The Events Industry Support Fund 2 has been established to provide financial support to Scottish businesses operating across the events industry, particularly those in the industry’s supply chain, that are still facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Businesses who were successful in receiving a grant award through the Event Industry Support Fund launched in August 2020 are not eligible for this fund.
- Hostel COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund – The fund is open to proprietors of hostel businesses. They may be a sole trader, a partnership, a company limited by shares or by guarantee, a registered charity, a Scottish limited partnership or any other legal entity recognised under Scots Law.
You can access the newsletter sent to businesses on Friday 19th February 2021 here.