BID4Oban ballot update

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BID4Oban is about to launch its campaign for reballot that will hopefully see the business community vote in favour of the continuance of the BID from November 2022 to October 2027.

The BID proposal to go to ballot was approved at the last meeting before the summer recess of Argyll and Bute Council. After a successful ballot in 2017, BID4Oban will be holding a series of meetings to garner the views of its levy payers, and issuing a new business plan and ballot papers in the middle of August. A successful result will see the BID company continue and add to its many successes over the last 10 years.

Some of the key highlights have been financially supporting events in the town, both established and new events. Sometimes a small investment can have major benefits to event organisers in terms of marketing and promotion. Many town businesses have been supported with improvement grants for signage, painting and generally tidying up the outside of premises. During Covid there were many grants issued to enable these to trade externally which also improved the attraction to visitors being able to sit outside and enjoy a meal or drink.

The BID also organises most floral displays around Oban and have worked with individual businesses to enhance their displays. During pandemic, it was key to highlighting which businesses were trading remotely or online along with advertising those that were still able to trade physically. Along with AITC (Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative) the BID has effectively worked in partnership to ensure that Oban tourism is top of its marketing agenda with one of the key successes being the new Active Travel Carriage on Scotrail, with Oban being the first town to benefit from the service.