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About Us

Discover Lanark for Business

Businesses and organisations in Lanark have come together to make their voice heard and to work collectively to deliver a range of services that will make a real and lasting difference to their town. 

In 2019 they voted to set up a Business Improvement District (BID) which launched that September, running for an initial 5 year period.

You can see our Business Plan 2019-2024 HERE.

Businesses wanted to see improvements across 4 key themes:

To find out about the projects and services we delivered in the last year, click HERE.

2020 and 2021 have been influenced enormously by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Discover Lanark, like all organisations, had to adapt quickly to the changed circumstances and needs of the town. 

In the early days of the pandemic, our focus was on supporting businesses to obtain the government grants and in disseminating essential information. More recently, we have delivered a range of projects including outdoor seating areas in Hyndford Place and beside the Tolbooth and events such as Jurassic Lanark and Lanark Winter Wonderland to help the town and its businesses through the reopening and recovery stages.

Other highlights of our second year have included the launch of the Yours Lanark brand and campaign over the summer, uptake of our Business Frontage Improvement Grant, the installation of interpretation panels in all the closes and substantial town and tourism maketing campaigns.

About Us

A BID is a business led and business funded organisation formed to improve a defined area, in our case the town of Lanark.

Discover Lanark’s Board of Directors is made up of owners and managers of local businesses, and representatives of the public and third sectors. The current members of the board are:

They are responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the BID, ensuring that projects are delivered within budget to meet the needs of the town’s businesses. They bring together their expertise, ideas and enthusiasm in order to guide the BID forward and to support the work of the BID Manager, Antonia Pompa. 

The BID is funded through a BID levy, based on the rateable value of each property. That money is ring-fenced and used to deliver the business plan. Once a majority vote in favour of the BID has been achieved, the BID levy becomes mandatory on all eligible ratepayers. You can see our most recent Financial Statements HERE

In its first year of operation Discover Lanark generated an extra £81,000 funding on top of that generated from the BID levy and a further £76,500 in its second year. This represents an extra 55p for every £1 of the BID levy contribution. We will continue to make funding applications in future years to lever additional investment into the town and augment our delivery programme.

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Below are links to a range of  useful documents where you can find out more about Discover Lanark and the services we provide.

To find out more about Discover Lanark, please contact the BID Manager, Antonia Pompa, on 07309 782060 or info@discoverlanark.co.uk

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