With a new Board and Manager Carly Tait in post, the local business group is gearing up for a busy year ahead.
The BID or Business Improvement District stretches from the Harbour and St Catherine’s Place in the north to Main Street in the south, from Willowburn across to the Police Station and Great Western Road, and includes all businesses operating within this area.
While a lot of emphasis is on the retail activity which drives the town centre economy, that is not the whole story. All town centre businesses are involved, be they a bookstore or a bank, a grocer or insurance broker. It’s all about town centre businesses working together to keep the town centre alive, attractive and healthy.
Bright future for BID
Councillor Bill Stout, who took on the Chairmanship of the BID Board when the project faltered last year, is upbeat about the BID’s future: “It’s very heartening to see the BID getting into gear again, with solid
progress being made on getting the website ready for prime time, more use being made of social media, and several events now in the planning pipeline. It’s all about keeping the heart in Kirkwall – all year round.”
“The new eight member Board is fully committed to making the BID a success. An events group has taken on some of the detailed planning and the BID is developing a relationship with the nationwide Healthy High Streets initiative involving the Co-op, Boots and Santander. We have come a long way in the past three months and I’m very optimistic now for the future and looking forward to an Annual General Meeting of Kirkwall BID Ltd in October.”