What We Do
A BID is a business-led initiative where businesses work together and invest collectively to improve their own business environment.
- Plan and organise events to attract visitors to the town. We also conduct advertising campaigns across newspapers, radio, poster sites, billboards, buses and trains. Examples of our activities include Ready Steady Gallop and the BIG Stampde sculpture trail.
- BIG Stampede and Ready Steady Gallop advertising campaigns including buses, trains and newspapers.
- Annual HaHa Hamilton Comedy Festival to support evening economy
- Seasonal competitions and leaflets e.g. Valentines brochure and competition to highlight restaurants in the town.
- Radio Clyde campaign in 2016 – 3 adverts every hour between 10-11am on the Top 10 at Ten spot highlighting town centre activities and businesses across the year. Ten week Heart FM promotion in 2017 to support the BIG Stampede
- Christmas Light Switch on- supporting a bigger and better event.
- Reindeer Parade – Bringing Santa and his reindeer to the town every year to help kick off the crucial Christmas period.
- Christmas advertising campaigns incorporating bus, train and poster sites.
- Website, twitter, Facebook feeds- using social media to promote your business. Working together with other town centre businesses to highlight the attractions of Hamilton.
- Street events – With footfall a continued challenge to the town the BID will work to boost footfall. With cooperation with and between businesses we can do more to attract customers and new business to the town. One off events like the car show and extended events like BIG Stampede/ Ready Steady Gallop all play their part in bringing shoppers back to our streets.
- Hamilton Food Festival- MAY 2015 brings the towns first Food Festival. Its aim is to boost additional footfall into the town and offer free space to the town’s food and drink providers to take a stall space at the event.
- Classic car show- Hamilton BID continues to organise this annual event in Quarry street and Castle Street.
- Shop local campaign- supported by the lamppost banner advertising, the BID strives to encourage the town’s residents to shop, drink and eat locally. We support the aim of keeping sales and ultimately jobs safe in Hamilton.
We Aim To Save You Money
- Business Improvement Grants- the BID will match fund renovations t o the exterior of your business up to the sum of £1000. Open to all levy payers
- We have supported the Swipii loyalty card in the town – financial backing for 20 businesses for a trial 12 month period. Aimed at supporting the 20% of loyal customers who contribute 80% to every business revenues
- Free Training Courses- providing free training will become an increasing benefit of the BID. To date, courses in customer service and social media have been provided
- Improving the look of the town- The vacant shop vinyl window wrapping project plays a part in improving the look of disused properties. Further work is planned to improve the ambiance of our town. The BID encourages businesses to invest in the look of their properties vai the Business Improvement Grant scheme.
- Free advice from approved utility providers with a track record of generating saving for levy payers –
0800 055 3800
|David Brown Consulting
What We Can’t Affect
Unfortunately there are many areas in which the BID has little material effect beyond advocating the views of its levy payers. This can be seen from the following. In such cases we would suggest that you contact your locally elected representative-
||Angela Crawley MP
||Christina McKelvie MSP
||Cllr Martin Grant Hose
Cllr Stephanie Callaghan
Cllr David McLachlan
South Lanarkshire Council
- Business rates
These are set by the government and collected by the council. As much as we would like to see a reduction in the business rate burden, our influence is restricted to advocating your concerns to the council
- Parking Charges
Are set and controlled by South Lanarkshire Council. The BID has had many meeting with the council and specifically the Parking Manager to voice the business community’s concerns with parking charges. Many cite the free car parking available in neighbouring North Lanarkshire and the ability of privately owned car park operators in East Kilbride and Glasgow Fort to offer free parking. This free parking at privately run facilities is effectively paid for by businesses through their service charge.
- Street Cleanliness( South Lanarkshire Council)
Issues relating to cleanliness and street cleaning and domestic refuse collection are controlled by SLC.
- Street lighting ( South Lanarkshire Council)
- Christmas Lights –illuminated area( South Lanarkshire Council)
- Planning issues
The BID has no input into the number or distribution of charity shops. The majority properties in the town centre are privately owned and it is the landlord’s prerogative to lease a property as they see fit. The BID has no material influence.