Consultation

Next Steps Open Meeting

 

The second stage of consultation with Stirling City Centre’s businesses regarding the proposed Business Improvement District has been completed by Go Forth Stirling. The survey was distributed to over 400 affected businesses.

The second survey was a far more extensive selection of questions designed to gauge the feelings of businesses on a number of key areas. In line with Go Forth’s first survey there have been some very interesting results; overall the business community appear to be indicating a desire for change in how the city centre is currently managed. Over 60% of respondents are not happy with the way the city centre is currently managed. The steering group running the campaign to introduce a Business Improvement District are very pleased with the feedback that has been received and are pressing ahead with the project.

The next stage in the process is an open meeting for affected businesses; invitations have been distributed over the past ten days. The meeting is being held to present the results of the recent survey and invite feedback and questions from those in attendance. The ideas tabled at the meeting will be included in the final business plan if the business community support them. The meeting is an opportunity for businesses to put forward their views and ideas, and help shape the final Go Forth Stirling business plan.

The chairman of the steering group behind the campaign Peter Betts, Debenhams Store Manager, said ‘We believe the opportunity for businesses to work together to secure a successful future for Stirling City Centre must be grasped, and in our opinion the introduction of a Business Improvement District is the best route to achieve this. Whatever business or organisation you represent in Stirling creating a BID will not only help you but it will ensure the future is as good as it can be for the city centre. If we come together under the umbrella of a BID and work collaboratively we will achieve far more than working on our own.’

The meeting will take place at The Golden Lion, King Street, Stirling on Tuesday 24th - 17:45 for tea and coffee with the business starting at 18:00. The steering group are mindful of the time commitment to attend the meeting so have set a finish time of 19:00.

There is still an opportunity to join the steering group and play a part in shaping the BID. Interested parties are invited to make contact with any of the committee members directly or at the upcoming ‘Next Steps’ meeting.

Meeting Date, Time and Location
24th January 2017
17:45 - Tea and Coffee
18:00 - Start
19:00 - Finish

The Golden Lion
King Street
Stirling FK8 1BD

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Cluster Meetings

 

Go Forth Neighbourhood Meetings

The first stage of consultation with local independents, to see if Stirling City Centre’s businesses want a Business Improvement District has been completed by Go Forth Stirling. The survey was presented in person to over 170 affected businesses, with 148 taking part and completing the short series of questions. 

It has produced some interesting findings, the chairman of the steering group behind the campaign Peter Betts, Debenhams Store Manager, said ‘Eighty percent of the companies who completed our stage one survey have all expressed an interest to work more closely with other city centre businesses, which is very encouraging.’ 

He added ‘A Business Improvement District can only be created and go on to thrive with the backing of the majority of those affected, so we are pleased that so many people have expressed a desire to work together.’

A misconception expressed by some of those business surveyed is that the proposed Business Improvement District is a council led initiative and will allow the local authority to reduce services to businesses and the city centre. This is not the case, all of the initiatives provided by a Business Improvement District are additional ones that the have been proposed by the businesses themselves.

The steering group are now moving into the second stage of consultation, this will start with a series of local cluster meetings within each individual area of the city centre. The intention is to have an open forum where businesses can express the needs and desires for their area. The owner of Crema cafe and member of the steering group Alan Rodgers said ‘We have needs on Murray Place that will be quite different to those people in a different part of the city centre. Having just opened our second site within The Stirling Arcade I know how true this is for us. The location of our new cafe definitely has requirements that differ from Crema on Murray Place’.

The steering group will be contacting businesses over the next two weeks and inviting them to attend their local cluster meeting to share their thoughts and experiences. There is still an opportunity to join the steering group and play a part in shaping the BID. Interested parties are invited to make contact with any of the committee members directly or at the upcoming cluster meetings.


Meeting Dates, Times and Locations
16:00 drop in anytime
17:45 to 18:30 group meeting

6th September - Friar Street area
Sable and Flea Coffee Shop

7th September - Murray Place & King Street
Crema Coffee Shop

13th September - Port Street & Upper Craigs
Kilted Kangeroo

14th September - Barton Street area
La Ciociara restaurant

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