Peebles gets go ahead for Business Improvement District plans

July 29, 2011 by  

The Scottish border town of Peebles has received the green light from the council for its plans to create a Business Improvement District in the town centre.

Several towns and cities in Scotland already have Business Improvement Districts in place. These districts represent a partnership between businesses and councils where businesses help to fund improvement initiatives in towns by paying extra tax or opting to pay a maintenance fee to help improve the facilities on offer in the town. This can cover anything from improving the way a town looks to environmental clean-up initiatives and everything in between that makes an area more appealing to do business from. This model has already been successful in places like Inverness, Falkirk and Dunfermline and local businesses hope that Peebles will be the next Business Improvement District success story.

Positive Peebles is an organisation that has been working with local consumers and businesses to determine which aspects of Peebles could benefit from funding from the Business Improvement District initiative. Key aspects that will be focused upon are car parks, better safety measures and improved marketing communications.

By producing better marketing literature, using methods such as poster or banner printing, more people will be inclined to shop or do business in the Peebles Central Business District, so Positive Peebles may well include this in its plans.

Dunfermline, Inverness and Falkirk have already seen the positive impact of the Business Improvement District funding and it is hoped that Peebles will start to see similar positive results.