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BID boost for Lanark with Tesco support

Tesco backs Lanark BID

(L-R) Gary Winning (Discover Lanark Project Manager), Richard McAllister (Lanark Tesco Manager), Graeme McLeish (Discover Lanark Chair) and John Cunningham (Discover Lanark Vice Chair).

Early this year, businesses in Lanark have the opportunity to unlock up to £1 million investment to improve trade, tourism and business in Lanark by voting YES for the Discover Lanark BID.  

One of Lanark’s biggest retailers, Tesco, is pledging support for the Discover Lanark BID Business Plan and will be voting yes in the ballot.

Richard McAllister, Lanark Tesco Manager said “Tesco is passionate about supporting our local community here in Lanark and we are in full support of the Discover Lanark BID Business Plan. We believe that all businesses large and small should have an ‘all hands to the pump’ approach, working together for the benefit of Lanark”.

The ballot commences on 12th January 2019, when the ballot papers and copies of the BID Business Plan will be posted out to local businesses eligible to vote for the BID. Businesses will have until 28th February to return their postal vote, indicating ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as their decision.

The total investment from levies collected over the 5-year BID period (2019 – 2014) is estimated at £1 million pounds. This includes an extra boost for the town, with local business Border Biscuits investing an additional £200,000 during the course of the BID.

Discover Lanark plan to use the levies paid plus grants and other external funding streams to fund the following project themes:

  • Appearance and Access: Improving how Lanark is presented to locals and visitors
  • Business: Putting successful businesses at the heart of Lanark’s community
  • Community: Businesses and community working together for a better Lanark
  • Lanark and New Lanark: working together to capitalise on tourism

Graeme McLeish, Discover Lanark Chairman commented “Supporting the Discover Lanark BID is a great opportunity for the town to work together and make the changes we all want. As a collective we will have the opportunity to access external assistance and funding not available to individual businesses. Size also gives us a much stronger voice to make our wishes known and take back some control of our town. Discover Lanark is about more than retail, it’s about embracing all parts of the town’s economy. It’s about delivering benefits to all the town’s businesses and crucially, it’s about giving businesses of all sizes a unified voice.”

Graeme continued “Remember, make sure you use your vote and have your say. The Ballot closing date is 28th February 2019 – don’t miss your chance to be part of shaping Lanark’s future for the better!”

Further information about the Discover Lanark BID and an online version of the Business Plan can be viewed at: www.discoverlanark.co.uk