Carluke business owners urged to give BID Yes vote

BID boost...for Carluke Town Centre if Yes vote happens
BID boost...for Carluke Town Centre if Yes vote happens

THE team behind Carluke’s campaign to win Business Improvement District status is urging town centre traders to make sure there is at least ONE Yes vote this year.

If successful, the Hometown Carluke BID could see £640,000 being spent improving the town over the next five years .

However, that success will depend on whether the majority of the town’s 160 businesses give it their backing.

The unofficial “B-Day” will on June 19 which is the final deadline for businesses to vote with postal ballots being sent out on May 8.

Bubbles Factory owner Martin Hannah, vice-chairman of the BID steering group, said: “The BID will give business owners a real voice and a real say on where money is spent in Carluke. The majority of businesses will pay less than £5.50 per week into a BID Investment Levy, raising £64,000 each year.

“BIDs also have access to match funding which could mean an annual budget of £128,000. It would mean we would have strength in numbers.”

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