BID Ballot 2022
STIRLING VOTED YES
Business Improvement Districts operate in five year terms. Our first term ran from September 2017 until August 2022.
Following a resounding ‘YES’ from our members in the ballot held between May and July 2022, Go Forth successfully secured our second five-year term which began in September 2022 and will run until August 2027.
Simply put, every business which pays a BID levy had the opportunity to vote during the ballot.
If you’d like to learn more about the eligibility criteria, please view our BID Rules & Governance section in the Term 2 Prospectus.
Why Stirling Needs a BID
A BID is a powerful business body that represents the local business community. We regularly lobby and report on behalf of our members on things like car parking, waste and planning applications to COVID recovery and support.
A BID can secure additional funding and services that no one else can.
Our BID generates over £1.5 million BID levy investment in supporting the City Centre.
To continue our projects and initiatives from term one including WiFi, live town centre footfall data, shopfront improvement grants, training platform and more.
Without a BID none of the projects outlined in our business plan could be delivered.
Why Businesses Voted YES
until the end of March 2022
Business consultation and feedback
To make sure that we’re delivering projects and initiatives in accordance with the priorities of our business community, we collected feedback via a survey and meetings with our members to put together a new business plan that our members voted on.
Business Plan distributed
25th May 2022
Business Plan Launch Event
26th May 2022
Voting papers issued
7th July 2022
Ballot closes 5.00pm
8th July 2022
Ballot result annoucement
When does the ballot take place?
May 26 - July 7 2022.
Do I get a vote?
If you are in the BID Zone and have a rateable value over £10,000.
How do do I know if I am in the BID zone?
You can find the BID zone map for term 2 here.
How how much will I contribute?
The annual levy is 1.25% of your business' rateable value.
Can I join the BID if my rateable value is under 10,000 or my business is not in the zone? ⇣
Yes, we have a voluntary membership scheme and you can find more information about it on our 'Get involved' page.
However, voluntary levy payers are not eligible to vote in the ballot.
Where can I find more information about the BIDs future plans?
All eligible voters will receive a copy of our business plan. The business plan will also be available on our website and shared across our social media. Currently you can download the 'Meet the Board and Next Steps' presentation available on this page. We are also happy to answer any of your questions or suggestions in person. Just send us an e-mail or give us a call.
How do I vote?
CIVICA electoral services will issue papers on or before May 26th. You then need to return your vote by post as soon as possible to ensure it is counted in the ballot. If you have more than one premise, you must return a ballot sheet per hereditament.
When and how are the results announced?
Results will be announced no later than July 14th. We'll announce the ballot result via our e-mail database, publish a press release, share it on our social media and our website.
Why does Stirling Council send my levy invoice?
We pay Stirling council to deal with our billing as it is linked to rateable value. We are not the council but work to supplement their services.