‘Meet the Board and Next Steps’ Meeting Watch the Recording

‘Meet the  Board and Next Steps’ Meeting – Watch the Recording

Thank you to all who attended our virtual ‘Meet the Board and Next Steps’ meeting held on Wednesday 26th January. You can now watch its recording by clicking on the button below.

You can also download the presentation and learn more about the upcoming second term ballot on this page of our website.


Business Survey – Closing This Week

Have your say on our second term (2022-2027) business plan. Our survey is closing this week, PLEASE complete it if you haven’t done so already.

Click on the button below to complete the engagement survey. It is so important that we have your feedback!

See the full newsletter sent to businesses on Monday 7th February 2022 here.


Stirling’s Pubwatch Scheme Is Given a Refresh

Stirling’s Pubwatch initiative has been given a refresh with the move to a fully digitised communications system and the appointment of a new team.

Pubwatch members, who make up most of Stirling’s licensed premises’ managers, have received new two-way digital radios thanks to funding from Go Forth Stirling BID and Police Scotland. The radios allow the city’s pub and club owners to contact and share information and photographs with each other in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour affecting the night-time economy.

We want to help build confidence in Stirling’s evening economy and the radios give venues the capability to work together in a quick and secure fashion will help make our city as safe as possible. Refreshing the Pubwatch scheme is a crucial step which highlights the efforts all premises are going to to share best practice and work together to combat anti-social behaviour.

Read the full article here.

BIDs Call for Safe and Full Return to Office

Last week Go Forth hosted Scottish City Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) Group meeting in Stirling. The city BID leads were unified in their call for government to quickly consider moving to a safe and full return of staff to the office, where appropriate.

Adrian Watson, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Inspired said “Working from home for nigh on two years has obviously had a dramatic impact on our weekly footfall numbers across our Scottish city centres. This was essentially our captive audience that did so much to support our retail and hospitality sectors on our high streets.

Danielle McRorie-Smith, Project Director, Go Forth Stirling, said “Businesses across the county have invested heavily on making workplaces safe for staff and visitors and government should take confidence from this and work with them in providing guidance to make this happen in early course.

Make no mistake, our city centres were facing considerable challenge before COVID-19, with this pandemic only accelerating matters.

Read the full article here.

Crookbridge Retail Park Approval

You might have noted that Stirling Councillors voted to approve planning application for the out-of-town retail and mixed-use development at Crookbridge that Go Forth had previously objected to.

We feel that this decision goes against efforts to regenerate and revitalise the City Centre.

Read this blog post by Leigh Spark, Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership – an umbrella body for Scottish BIDs, a former member of the Stirling Council’s City Centre Working Group and Deputy Principal of the University.

What are your thoughts?

City of Culture BID Update

Last week the City of Culture bid was submitted to the decision making panel. The next stage will be the announcement of who has made the shortlist in mid-March. So between now and then, the project team are hoping to make as much noise as possible, to show the UK and the world that we are the best choice to host a year of cultural celebrations.

Now that the bid is officially in, we’re calling on you again to help spread the word, lending your voice to Stirling’s ambitions and make the most of this opportunity in any way you can. Find out more at www.stirling2025.com

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