What is a BID?

A BID is a business-led initiative where businesses work together and invest collectively to improve their own business environment.

It is a wholly independent, non-profit distributing company, run by a Board of Directors elected from businesses within the BID area.

Non-domestic rate payers within the BID area pay for the BID through an annual Levy.

> A BID creates a partnership between businesses in a set geographic area and key stakeholders like West Lothian Council and Police Scotland to enable projects to be delivered that will support the business community.

> A BID is an investment in added value services that will support the local economic environment.

The crucial benefit of a BID is that the goals and actions are set by the business community for the benefit of the local business community. Expenditure is targeted to get the best return on the bottom line. Projects are agreed after extensive consultation and the investment is spent locally, in local business for the local community.

What can I expect from the Linlithgow Mill Road BID?

The Board of the Mill Road BID use the 5 Year Business Plan to decide what projects and services to deliver. These can include:

> Accessibility – Replacing the existing entrance signage, new signage throughout the BID area, working with partners on traffic management issues.

> Business Facilitation – BIDs across the nation have cut utility bills, represented businesses in rate appeals and championed local procurement.

> Marketing – Helping landlords promote vacant units, helping businesses promote themselves to a local, regional, national and international marketplace.

> Crime Reduction – Installation of a CCTV system, working in partnership with Police Scotland to make sure that information is shared quickly and businesses are aware of crime reduction actions.

> Environmental and cleaning issues – Ensuring the environment of the BID area is clean, attractive and safe.

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