The ballot results are in – and It’s a yes

The Ballot Results Are In

The ballot results are in and we’re delighted to announce that Stirling business owners have given a resounding ‘Yes’ to a second term for the Go Forth Stirling Business Improvement District (BID).

Every business which pays a BID levy had the opportunity to vote in the ballot and 79% by number and 78% by rateable value voted in favour of second term.

The decision means that we will continue our work to improve the city’s trading environment by investing £1.8M over the five-year period beginning September 1st.

We are thrilled that our traders have voted so overwhelmingly in favour of the BID – today’s result is a resounding success for Go Forth and fantastic news for the city of Stirling. It highlights the confidence the business community has in the BID and our work over the past five years and the appetite to see us continue to build on our achievements and ambitions.

We’d like to thank the city’s business owners for their continued confidence in Go Forth. We now look forward to delivering the initiatives set out in our five-year plan to raise Stirling’s profile and create a cleaner, safer and more vibrant environment. We will ensure Stirling remains a welcoming destination for businesses, visitors and shoppers alike.

Read more in our press release.

BID Scheme Helps Stirling Businesses Cut Energy Costs

Go Forth has commissioned Eyebright Utilities to identify savings for companies in their utilities and services and has already cut more than £4K from one business owner’s spiralling energy bill.

This is a no-obligations service for BID members so there is nothing to lose and we’d urge anyone interested to contact us for assistance.

Find out more in this article.

Stirling’s Pubs Join Forces to Crackdown on Troublemakers

Eight troublemakers have been banned from licensed premises in Stirling following the launch of a new Pubwatch scheme in the city.

The organisation’s motto – “Banned from one – Banned from all’ – means the minority of people who cause trouble in any one of a city’s licensed premises face being barred from all their pubs for a period of one year.

Dave Thompson is General Manager at the Fubar and co-chair of Pubwatch in Stirling. He said: “The Pubwatch scheme aims to pinpoint the minority who cause trouble in Stirling and not those who want to enjoy alcohol responsibly. Ensuring the safety of our patrons and staff in and around licensed premises is a top priority for all of us and being part of Pubwatch is a fantastic way for our businesses to talk to each other and work in partnership with the police and other stakeholders. It all helps ensure a safe city centre and allows us to send out a clear, joint message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated within our premises.”

Go Forth Stirling BID is a major supporter of the city’s Pubwatch group. Earlier this year Go Forth secured 15 radios for pub owners and other relevant stakeholders, such as volunteers with the Safebase ‘safe haven’ initiative, taxi marshals and Stirling Street Pastors. They link pub and club managers with each other and to police officers, City Centre CCTV and the Thistles.

Read the full press release here.

You can view the newsletter sent on Friday 8th July 2022 here.

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