Levy Payers Update, September 2018

Representing Crieff Businesses

One of the principle aims of Crieff Succeeds BID Ltd. is to promote Crieff as a vibrant, attractive and safe place to work, shop, visit and live. Because of this, we feel a responsibility both to the businesses and general population of Crieff, which is why we have recently undertaken talks with SGN and PKC regarding both the scheduled gas pipe replacement plans and closure of the public toilets. We will continue to work with them and other local groups to ensure that the needs of Crieff are robustly represented and ultimately to reach a satisfactory outcome.

If you would like to get involved in the discussions regarding the gas pipe replacement at Bridge End please get in touch.

Government support for BID’s

The Scottish Government has launched a new national hub designed to support Improvement Districts in Scotland, this dedicated service will be delivered by the Scottish Town Partnerships. Crieff Succeeds BID attended the launch of this new service on Thursday 20th September and have secured an initial meeting with the Programme Director and Chief Executive, Phil Prentice to discuss Crieff’s specific needs and ways to secure support and help from the Scottish Town Partnership to address them.

The Crieff Card

We’re delighted to be able to say that The Crieff Card is running well, there are more than 55 diverse Crieff businesses accepting the card. It’s not too late to join the scheme if your business is not yet one of them.

Over 3 years, the scheme will cost £8k and is worth £105k to participating businesses.The Card can be bought from Fun Junction, Red Squirrel Café or online at our dedicated Crieff Card website. If you haven’t visited it yet take a look here

The website contains an interactive map of where the card can be spent, with links to participating businesses Facebook pages – another opportunity to market your business.

Ongoing marketing support includes monthly competitions to win a card, monthly seasonal blogs which will appear across out digital platforms and in the Herald and regular themed blogs. We would also like to run a light hearted look at people behind the businesses which will take the form of a series of questions and answers. If you would like to take part in this please contact Ruth Williams – Ruth.crieffsucceeds@gmail.com

Summer of Comedy

The first ever Crieff Comedy Festival took place between the 26th and 28th of July and featured over 60 comedians across 3 venues. More than 600 tickets were sold with over 3700 visits to our website and a weekly Facebook reach of in excess of 28000. We also achieved considerable national and local media coverage including: Scottish Daily Mail, Daily Record, The Courier, Strathearn Herald, Perthshire Advertiser, Sunday Post, Wave 102FM and Tay FM. The event generated considerable interest and helped to put Crieff on the map. We intend to build on this success and host a second festival next summer.

Winter Event

The decision was taken for a number of reasons not to pursue the planned winter event at Drummond Castle Gardens this year but to delay it until next year in order to have enough time to fully develop and market the event. We are currently exploring smaller alternative town based Christmas event options for this year and will keep you updated.

The Town Hall

The upstairs meeting space at the Town Hall is increasingly being used by local groups for meetings and exhibitions. There have been a few craft fairs this year and a photography exhibition and pop up studio is booked from November 17th for four weeks. Local community groups can hire the room for meetings for a donation which is used to cover lighting and heating costs, other events will be charged a nominal fee.

New BID Manager

Neil Combe has left the position of BID Manager which he held for two years, we wish him every success in his new job and thank him for all of his hard work. Neil has not gone completely though and has rejoined the Board so he can continue to use of wealth of experience to help shape our activities over the next few years.

We are delighted to be able to announce that David MCann will be taking on the role of BID Manager from Monday 1st October. David has worked with Paisley First Business Improvement District and has a background in events management which make him ideally suited to the role.