Byres Road businesses to get levy ‘break’ as group wins ‘close’ vote for second term

By Ian Marland at

A business group has vowed to do all it can to help crisis-hit traders on Byres Road.

Byres Road and the Lanes Business Improvement District (BID) has been championing local businesses for the last five years.

The group has now secured a second-term after winning a close vote following a ballot of members.

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The BID team has won a close vote for a second term.

Its biggest challenge to date will be helping businesses severely impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

But there is some relief for shops and businesses with news that BID levies will be covered by the Scottish government for the foreseeable future as part of a package of aid to mitigate the Covid-19 outbreak.

Glasgow West Today End understands that could mean a ‘levy break’ for Byres Road businesses of up to six months.

‘Crisis situation’

BID chairman and local businessman John Turner said: “We appreciate that the results of the ballot were very close, and I can assure you that we will take this into account in all that we plan to do, especially as the crisis situation eases and we plan on how to support our member businesses as things return to normal, whenever that might be.”

He said: “In the meantime our dedicated office team will be continuing their work in providing advice, support and information to our business members to help them get through these extraordinary and difficult times.”

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BID chairman John Turner said his team would offer advice and support to members.

The results of the BID ballot were received from the Depute Returning Officer at Glasgow City Council on Monday.

There were 45 votes in favour of the continuation of the BID and 43 votes not in favour.

The postal ballot was held after the BID team put forward a business plan to member businesses earlier this year.

Help

The 2020 – 2025 Business Plan agreed with businesses includes: highlighting the need for parking in the area; representing the needs of businesses to the council during the upcoming City Deal improvement works; and encouraging new businesses to fill vacant units.

The Scottish Government is giving emergency funding to Scotland’s 37 BIDS in towns and cities across the country.

The money will help the local teams cover their staffing and marketing costs to help their members during the Covid-19 crisis.

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The Scottish government is giving help to BID teams as part of its measures to ease impact of Covid-19.

This alternative central funding means that businesses will not be asked to pay their levy until further notice.

The Byres Road team has established a number of events to generate footfall and market the area as a destination.

A popular Cinema in the Botanics festival has been cancelled because of the restrictions.

The team is asking businesses what alternative event they would like to see held later in the year.