Local support grows for Discover Lanark BID
Local accountancy firm, I A Stewart & Co, pledge their support for the BID
Over the last month, support has been growing steadily for Discover Lanark’s Business Plan.
Latest well-known businesses to come on board are I A Stewart Chartered Accountants, based in New Lanark and John Frood and Sons Plumbers whose premises are in the Wellgate.
Alan Kerr from I A Stewart said, "our company is pleased to support the Discover Lanark initiative, we believe the BID will bring tangible improvements to the town, working with New Lanark Heritage Site has the potential to substantially increase the number of people visiting Lanark, which can only be good for local trades."
Heather Normand from John Frood & Sons said, "there have been a number slow but steady improvements to Lanark over the last few years, I am confident the BID will move these improvements up a gear and will be the start of making Lanark a better place to live."
J.Frood and Sons in the Wellgate also pledge their support
Over the next few weeks the BID will reach its busiest period, with ballot papers being distributed to all the eligible voters.
Discover Lanark Project Manager, Gary Winning is currently trying to meet up with as many voters as possible in the run up to the ballot, he said most small business owners are incredibly busy and may not have had time to fully digest our business plan, there has been some confusion regarding how much businesses pay and who will be exempt from paying the levy.
Basically, the amount you pay is directly linked to your premises rateable value – 12 levy bands have been assigned starting at £150 per year if your rateable value is between £2,500 - £4,999 increasing to £3,500 for properties with a rateable value over £500,000
The only businesses to be excluded are:
- Businesses with a non-domestic rateable value of under £2500
- Places of worship and associated halls
- Sport and community clubs
- Non-retail charities and food banks
Copies of the Discover Lanark Business Plan are available at R C McLeish Insurance Consultants in the Wellgate and at the Tolbooth, alternatively the business plan can be viewed at www.discoverlanark.co.uk