St Andrews Business Improvement District (BID) is set to be up and running in the new year, with its first board now elected.
A small but enthusiastic group of the town’s business people met last week to elect the board of the new organisation.
Fewer than 35 of more than 250 businesses eligible to vote for the BID board attended the meeting to hear 11 candidates for the ten seats on the board make their case.
Lindsey Adam of Bonkers; Lisa Cameron of the Old Tom Morris Store; Lisa Cathro, Zest; Richard East, Ryman Stationery; Louise Fraser, Fraser Gallery; Pat Jones, Hamilton Grand; Alistair Lang, Thorntons Law LLP; Archie McDiarmid, Luvians; Dave Scott, Hams Hame; and Ben Stuart of St Andrews University, all found themselves elected to the board.
Ross Martin, chief executive of the Scottish Council Development and Industry, chaired the meeting, bringing experience of BIDS with him.
He welcomed the St Andrews BID to the “BID family”, telling the newly elected board members: “It’s national procedure, but a local process - how you go about delivering the plan is up to you.
“But delivering is the most important part,” he stressed.
The BID launches formally on January 4, when the steering group that has driven the process so far hands over the reins. Two Fife councillors will also join the board next year.
The steering group has already established a business plan for the BID, which drives forward a series of projects around promotion of the town, accessibility, environment, amenities and supporting businesses.
The BID is funded by a levy on businesses, and this cash can act as a trigger to release other funding opportunities for the town.
The BID will run for five years before businesses are asked to vote on its continuation.