Sligo firms asked to support Business Improvement District project.

Move designed to boost town economic activity.

Sligo News File Online

A group of traders working on plans for the development of a Sligo Business Improvement District is calling on local business firms to
weigh in behind the move.

The BID, says the group, is established to work for Sligo, increase footfall and economic activity and to secure a long-term sustainable model for the management of the town.

More than 50% of businesses within the BID specified zone must vote yes in a county council approved ballot if the project is to come into existence. An annual levy, calculated by reference to rateable valuations, will not exceed €400 each in the case of about of 80% of the premises concerned, the group says.

The group states that the Sligo BID will work to:

Form an umbrella group that will represent all businesses in the   BID Zone
Promote shopping and visiting experience in Sligo and      increase footfall
Improved management of town centre activities
Address issues that effect business performance
Bulk purchasing of services and utilities that deliver cost savings
Be a business-led organisation run for local businesses by local businesses
Work together on rates, traffic management and anti-social behaviour

Business owners will be requested to vote for or against the plan on Friday,11 December.

Ahead of this, an information evening, to which all business property owners and ratepayers are invited, will be held in the Bistro Bianconi at 6.15pm on Wednesday, 2 December.