Stirling BID’s Director Shortlisted for Scottish Women’s Awards

Go Forth Stirling Project Director Danielle McRorie-Smith has been named a finalist in this year’s Scottish Women’s Awards.

Ms McRorie-Smith is in line for the Social Leader Award when the honours take place in Glasgow next month. The annual awards recognise the outstanding achievements of women across Scotland and highlight the impact they are making in their respective industries and communities.

Stirling businesswoman Ms McRorie-Smith has led Go Forth Stirling BID (Business Improvement District) since March 2020 and prior to that she was a member and Chair of the organisation’s non-executive Board.

Since becoming Project Director, she has launched a series of effective projects and initiatives and spearheaded a successful renewal ballot leading to a second five-year term for the non-profit organisation last year. She said: “I’m thrilled to be nominated alongside so many talented women for
the Social Leader of the Year Award 2023.

It’s great to see the collaborative work and leadership my team and I carry out alongside Stirling’s business community and other partners being recognised in this way. The award also highlights the positive impact of the many initiatives and projects we have introduced over the past few years with the aim of making Stirling a more welcoming destination for businesses, visitors and shoppers.

Ms McRorie Smith’s nomination highlights her remarkable leadership and achievements in taking the work of Stirling’s BID forward in recent years.
Key initiatives include the introduction of Street Ambassadors, free public Wi-Fi for Stirling city centre, business grants for shopfront improvements and the creative Street Stories project which brightens up the city’s vacant buildings with artwork.

The BID also runs the Independent Stirling website which showcases the city’s unique independent businesses and launched the annual Stirling Business Awards to recognise and reward city centre traders. Ms McRorie-Smith also holds a Diploma in BID Leadership and is a member of
the British BIDs Advisory Board.

A Scottish Women’s Awards spokesperson said: “We are truly humbled by the overwhelming response we received for this year’s Scottish Women’s Awards. The sheer talent, resilience, and commitment exhibited by the finalists have left us in awe. Their achievements are an inspiration to women everywhere, empowering future generations to aim high and break barriers.”

The winners of the Scottish Women’s Awards 2023 will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday September 16 at The Marriott Hotel in Glasgow.

Go Forth Stirling BID was set up in 2017 and currently represents more than 600 local businesses with a key objective of delivering projects and services which improve Stirling’s trading environment to benefit businesses, shoppers and visitors.


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