Easter Newsletter

Click & Collect Stickers

Shortly before the ‘click & collect’ from nonessential businesses was restricted, we created ‘click & collect available here’ stickers. And because click & collect can resume on the 5th April, we’re delighted to start distributing them. (They are 10x10xm with no white background as pictured above.)

We believe it’s important to use the same designs across the BID as they will become easily recognizable by the community and demonstrate unity.

If you want one, please drop us a line and we’ll deliver them to you.

Salons! How Excited Are You to Be Back?

When restrictions ease, it’s time to celebrate and capture it! With close contact (by appointment) services opening on Monday, we want to be there to capture it.

You might have noticed that we took photos of barbers, hairdressers, stylists and other beauty professionals both times they were allowed to open as restrictions eased last year. Well, we’d love to capture the joy of being back and doing what you love again this time.

If you’d like us to take some photos of your salon in particular next week, send us a short message.

Excellent Promotional Opportunity in the Stirling City Pass

The Stirling City Pass includes entry into The National Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle and Stirling Old Town Jail as well as over £50 of local discounts. In 2019 the pass recorded over 3,000 attraction admissions and this year the team hopes to build upon its previous success.

The Pass is distributed with a trifold brochure which includes useful local information for visitors as well as special offers and discounts from local businesses available to the Pass holders. You are invited to promote your business on the brochure for free as long as there is a special offer that you can offer.

The Pass will be more actively promoted as a pre-arrival product this year so any offers including accommodation & dining that would require advanced bookings would be welcome.

If you’re interested, please reply to this e-mail and include information about what your offer is.

Current Projects & Business Support Available

E-Commerce Grant

The time has come to update your website, create outstanding and engaging social media content or to implement change in your e-commerce processes that will help you become more efficient. 

Get it done with the help of our e-commerce grant

Online Training Platform

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. 
Enrol your staff on our training platform now. 

Shop Front Grant

We’re excited to announce that our shop front improvement grant is once again available to businesses in the BID zone.  If you need to repair your shopfront, we can help you.  Please read the guidance document available on our website before requesting the application form. 

News from Stirling and Our Partners 

City Centre Cleaning

You may be aware that we have been on a mission to have some concentrated jet washing done before our wonderful businesses return. We are delighted that power washing and street cleansing has resumed this week, initially focussing on the street furniture and walls.

Please be aware that there will be some noise and disruption. If there is any disruption to your business please politely bring it to the attention of those working. They will do their best to accommodate.

Go Forth has also had a team out cleaning the frontage of vacant premises in preparation for Street Stories. Please help us by reporting cleanliness issues to our Facebook group and presenting your own premise to the best of your ability so that we can show Stirling is Thriving!

Spaces for People Proposals

As you may be aware, Stirling Council successfully secured £513,000 from the Sustrans Spaces for People (SfP) fund, which is aimed at making journeys safer for cycling, walking and wheeling during and in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is designed to improve our public spaces, such as town centres, through the delivery of temporary and semi-permanent infrastructure and speed reductions to support safe active travel and assist in the recovery of our places.
These measures were proposed:

  • Upper Craigs:
  1. Install signage that cannot be knocked over, planters and art work.
  2. Install cycle parking and explore potential to install seating on Council owned land next to Citizens Advice Bureau. Explore potential of using planters to widen footway. Please note that during the design process it has been agreed to install cycle parking only on the footway and pedestrian warning signs on the carriageway.
  • Top of the Town
  1. Install cycling parking in keeping with historic nature of area
  • Riverside
  1. Introduce 20mph limit throughout the City where applicable, including Riverside. Please note that Lovers Walk will be closed to traffic for several months due to Network Rail undertaking repair work on the bridge. During this period shared use (walking and cycling) symbols will be added to this road.
  2. To visually prioritise people over vehicles on Forrest Road, where Riverside Primary School is located, install artwork and possible temporary buildouts. Please note that during the design process it has been agreed that the installation of traffic calming measures would be more effective than the installation of artwork, which is reflected in the proposal.

It is anticipated that these designs will be installed in spring of this year, initially on a temporary basis for up to 18 months. The designs can be viewed here, https://spaces-for-people-stirling.hub.arcgis.com/

Greening Your Business: A practical guide for food and drink SMEs

Launched earlier this month, the practical guide, produced by Scotland Food & Drink Partnership, with support from the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland, provides SMEs advice on how they can improve their green credentials as well as their overall business.

By tackling your food waste, energy use or water use, you could cut your bills. At the same time, you could make your business more resilient, win new customers and contracts, tap into post pandemic consumer trends, or become an employer of choice.

Funding Finder

  • Regeneration – Heritage Trade up Programme | max £10,000 | 9 April
  • Culture and Arts – Argyll and Bute Council – Outdoor Museum Grant | max £3,000 | 15 April
  • Community – BBC Children in Need Main Grants| min £10,000 | 12 April
  • Community – Food for Life Get Together | max £150 | 30 April
  • COVID-19 – Flexible Workforce Development Fund | up to £15,000 | 31 July
  • COVID-19 – Bounce Back Loan Scheme | max loan £50,000
  • COVID-19 – Creative Scotland Sustaining Creative Development fund |total £7.5n
  • Regeneration – Annadale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company | £500 – £20,000| 29 July
  • Environment – Zero Waste Scotland Recycling Improvement Fund | total fund £70m
  • Healthy Towns – Cycling Scotland – Cycle Friendly Employer Development Fund |max £25,000
  • Culture and Arts – Whitaker Charitable Trust | avge £3481
  • Culture and Arts – Ragdoll Foundation Main Grants | £5000 – £20000
  • Innovation and Growth – Help to Grow Scheme | N/A | opens June 2021
  • Community – Cruden Foundation | max £20,000
  • Community – Faith in Community Scotland – A Wee Boost |max £300
  • Community – Youth Scotland Winter Fund | £500 – £5000
  • Community – CFSLA Award Scheme | max £500
  • Community – Foundation Scotland – Langhope Rig Coummunity Fund | £1,000 – £10,000 | 4 June

You can access the full version of the newsletter sent on April 1st 2021 here.

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