Have your say at BID4Oban consultation meetings

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BID4Oban has this week been welcoming businesses at consultation sessions discussing the business plan for the re-ballot.

The sessions have been running since Monday in The Rockfield Centre with today Thursday’s session from 1pm till 4pm. Tomorrow’s session runs from 9am till noon.

BID4Oban chief executive Andy Spence said: ‘We would welcome any views or ideas from levy payers in order to enhance the BID service for the good of our town and community. We also realise there may be new levy payers to the town that haven’t worked with a Business Improvement District before. Please come and see us or contact us for further information.

‘If you can’t make it this week, there will be other opportunities for consultation as we head towards the vote in October. Please also email in any questions/ideas to admin@bid4oban.co.uk or call the office for a chat.’

A successful result in the re-ballot 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 signs, 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 the 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 Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-operative, the BID has effectively worked in partnership to ensure 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.