Go Forth BID Update – plants, grants, savings, road closures

Planned Road Closures – This Saturday

All Under One Banner procession will take place from 12:30pm to 4pm tomorrow (Saturday).

Rolling road closures will be in place from 12noon to 4pm and will affect these City Centre Streets:
Lower Bridge Street, Union Street, Cowane Street, Barnton Street, Murray Place, King Street, Corn Exchange Road, Albert Place, Queen’s Road, Victoria Place, King’s Park Road. Find out more about planned road closures here.

Go Forth Invest £100K in Shopfronts

A total of £102,353 has been invested in revitalising city centre shop entrances since the launch of the shopfront grant improvement scheme. We have helped 55 business owners (and counting). Read the full press release here.

New Planters and Flowers

In the next few weeks, new planters (funded in joint partnership with Stirling Council) will be installed around the City Centre in the coming days. These aim to bring a little more colour to our streets and make them look more inviting.

We would like to commend those of you who have put beautiful floral displays outside your shop fronts, they look fantastic. If you’d like to enhance your shop front with some beautiful flowers too, let us know and we may be able to support you with a shop front improvement grant.

Term 2 Ballot

We are now in the final weeks of the Go Forth Stirling Business Improvement District (BID) Ballot.

Over the past five years, the BID has made a number of key improvements for the city centre and you now have the opportunity to support the future of Stirling by securing the BID for the next five years.

Without a BID for Stirling, over £1.4 million BID levy investment in supporting city centre businesses will be lost. We are also focussed on securing additional funding with £300,000 awarded in the past two years alone.

We thank you for your support to date and would greatly appreciate your support by voting YES for Go Forth Stirling.

If you have not received your ballot paper(s) and prospectus (bright orange envelope). Please let us know by responding to this email at your earliest convenience.

Please not that all ballot papers need to reach London by 5pm 7th July to be counted.

More information about Go Forth and our 22-27 prospectus can be found here along with videos from traders and their reasons why they vote yes.

Eyebright – Saving Money and Energy

Our partner Eyebright has been exploring how BID members can take control of their business energy usage and costs. Michael at eyebright suggested five top tips that may benefit your business:

  1. Validate your bills regularly. It’s not uncommon for mistakes to be made with energy and water bills, so it’s advisable to compare your bill against your meter readings.
  2. Do you have multiple sites / business premises? You could “basket” your energy together and receive bulking buying discounts. Furthermore, you would only have one supplier to pay.
  3. Frequently check your half hourly meter information. If your business has a half hourly meter (it sends consumption data to your supplier every half hour) then you can analyse this data to check when your business uses most energy. You may be surprised how much energy your business consumes whilst you’re asleep! By understanding how you consume energy, you’re in a better position to make changes, reduce your consumption and save money.
  4. Never automatically renew your energy contract. There are over 30 different energy suppliers on the eyebright panel and their prices change daily (sometimes multiple times in a day). If you don’t check the market you could be substantially overpaying on your contract. Only last week eyebright saved a customer £3,000 per year compared to their renewal offer.

A 15 minute chat can save your business up to 50% on your energy renewal costs and it’s a free, no-obligation check with Michael at eyebright.

You can start the process by emailing your latest bill to m.dogan@eyebrightutilities.co.uk or by calling 0141 530 4152. If you’re struggling for time, Michael can assist you with bill validation, managing multiple site contracts and provide BID members with a free half hourly meter report too.

Find the newsletter sent on Friday 24 June here.

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