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About BID & Beyond Round 2

Find out more about our BID & Beyond Project
Funded by Scotlands Improvement Districts and Kirkwall BID

UPDATE 10 NOV 2020

BID & Beyond is Back!

A Statement from Kirkwall BID, Tuesday 10 November 2020.

Kirkwall BID are delighted to have been awarded additional funding from Scotland’s Improvement Districts following a successful application under their second round of Resilience Funding from Scottish Government. The Covid-19 BID Resilience Fund aims to help BIDs provide a key response role within the local community, working with Local Authorities and key working groups/charities in the area.

Kirkwall BID are pleased to reinstate their popular ‘Kirkwall BID & Beyond’ Project immediately, and invite operational businesses outside the Kirkwall BID area to sign-up for business support, promotion and networking. The funding will allow BID & Beyond to continue until 31st March 2021, and the focus of the project will be reassessed continually during this period to reflect the ever-changing situation. Kirkwall BID suspended Levy payments for BID Members for the first half of the financial year, and 50% bills have been issued for the remainder of the year.

Kirkwall BID Consultant Laura Bruce will continue to head the project, “The response from businesses was really positive during the first phase of BID & Beyond, with over 90 businesses signing up from across Orkney. We hope to add more to this number. Any business can ask to join, but we will focus on areas which may be particularly adversely affected such as retail and hospitality. As part of this focus, we plan to extend our planned festive event across the Orkney mainland to involve as many businesses as possible.”

“Kirkwall BID are delighted to have received a larger percentage of funding in this second round and are thankful to Improvement Districts Scotland for their support and acknowledgement that we are doing great things in Orkney during this difficult time”.

BID Chair Duncan McLean added, "Receiving this fantastic amount of funding to be able to continue BID & Beyond for another five months is brilliant. Following on from our recent Scotland’s Towns Partnership High Street Heroes win, we’re feeling buoyed up and ready to do all we can to help businesses weather the winter months."

For more information about this project please contact [email protected]

UPDATE 30 SEPT 2020

Kirkwall BID & Beyond Project Comes to an End.

A Statement from Kirkwall BID, Wednesday 30th September 2020.

Throughout this pandemic, Kirkwall BID & Beyond have been supporting businesses in Kirkwall and beyond, sharing information and advertisements, as well as liaising with OIC and other task forces reviewing the impacts to Orkney’s economy.

The ‘Beyond’ members, over 90 businesses across Orkney, who signed up for the scheme were given access to guides, poster templates, information and support usually reserved for the Kirkwall BID Area.

Laura Bruce, BID Consultant created and ran the project since receiving funding from Scotland’s Improvement Districts in May 2020. Laura shared “it’s been great working with businesses across Orkney, and being able to share our work further. We hope the businesses who signed up have found it beneficial, even just having their posts shared with our following on social media of over 5000 people.”

The funding for the BID & Beyond project has now come to an end, and Kirkwall BID are saying farewell to their temporary name change, but Laura hopes this may just be a pause and not an end. “We’ve been invited to apply for a second round of funding, and I am hopeful that we may see a return of BID & Beyond in some capacity in the near future.”

Along-side The Orcadian, Kirkwall BID have been sharing the ‘Love Local’ message, urging the public to ‘think local first’. The Kirkwall BID team would like to thank everyone who has supported local businesses and hopes that this support will continue over the winter months.

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Kirkwall BID Receives Funding to Support and promote Businesses Orkney-wide for a Period of Five Months.

A Statement from Kirkwall BID, Thursday 15th May 2020.

Kirkwall BID have been awarded funding from Scotland’s Improvement Districts following a successful application under their new Resilience Fund from Scottish Government. The Covid-19 BID Resilience Fund aims to help BIDs provide a key response role within the local community, working with Local Authorities and key working groups/charities in the area.

Kirkwall BID are now launching their ‘Kirkwall BID & Beyond’ Project immediately, and invite operational businesses outside the Kirkwall BID area to sign-up for business support, promotion and networking. The duration of this project is initially planned until 30th September 2020, and will be reassessed continually during this period to reflect the ever-changing situation. Kirkwall BID had previously announced that they were suspending Levy payments for BID Members and would be operating at minimal levels during the period of reduced income.

Kirkwall BID Consultant Laura Bruce will head the project, “We’ve developed various plans to reach businesses across Orkney, and hope that working alongside charities and voluntary organisations we can help to strengthen Orkney’s business response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We feel we have a lot of knowledge and information which may help connect businesses throughout Orkney and the Islands. We are a familiar organisation with a large following on social media outlets to help us reach as many people as possible.”

“The reach and scope of our project will depend on the funding received, but we hope to be a valuable point of contact for businesses during this challenging and fast-moving time”.

BID Chair Duncan McLean added, "We will be continuing to support and promote Kirkwall businesses as we always do, but in these extraordinary times it's good that we can reach out a little bit further too."

For more information about this project please contact [email protected]

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This project was part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney Leader 2007-13 Programme.