Bid­ding for fu­ture pros­per­ity

Back­ing for Hamil­ton BID

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Robert Mitchell

The team be­hind the re­cent Big Stam­pede pub­lic art trail have re­ceived back­ing to con­tinue their work in the town.

Hamil­ton Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District (BID) have been voted back in for another five years.

They bring busi­nesses to­gether to pro­mote the town cen­tre.

BID chair, and man­ager of Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press, Mark Calpin said: “We are pleased to have re­ceived the sup­port of busi­nesses in the town, to con­tinue our work.

“The BID has worked hard to pro­mote the town and sup­port Hamil­ton’s busi­ness com­mu­nity. I am de­lighted to see that the BID ef­forts have been recog­nised and re­warded with this vote of con­fi­dence.”

Hamil­ton en­joyed ten weeks of the Big Stam­pede pub­lic art trail dur­ing the sum­mer thanks to the BID, who have also re­cently an­nounced girl­band B*witched will head­line the fes­tive switch-on this year.

The Ready Steady Gal­lop! art trail of 2014, which fea­tured 25 life-size horse stat­ues, was also the work of the BID.

Gareth Walker, man­ager of Hamil­ton BID, added: “We are grate­ful for the vote of con­fi­dence and we are com­mit­ted to build on the ex­pe­ri­ences of the last five years, with a fo­cus of mak­ing an even big­ger im­pact within the town.”

The BID is run by a vol­un­tary board of direc­tors rep­re­sent­ing busi­ness across the town.

Hamil­ton BID’S chair­man was also among those who vowed to fight for Hamil­ton town cen­tre’s fu­ture – af­ter a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Ad­ver­tiser last year re­vealed there were 45 empty units of Hamil­ton.

At the time, Mr Calpin said: “It’s time to talk up the fact that shop­pers in Hamil­ton can get what they want in the town. Our aim is to make things bet­ter and give as much as­sis­tance as we can to peo­ple com­ing here.”

And this week, he em­pha­sised that the BID are al­ways look­ing for busi­nesses to get in­volved.

Mr Calpin added: “If you feel pas­sion­ately about your town and you want to get in­volved, con­tact the BID on info@hamil­ton­bid. org or ring the of­fice on 01698 453352.”

Pic­tured are: Gareth Walker; Mau­rice Lo­gie (More­land’s In­sur­ance); Coun­cil­lor Davie Mclach­lan; Lind­say Free­land, chief ex­ec­u­tive of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil; Les­ley Hamil­ton (El­speth Hamil­ton Per­fumery); Mark Calpin and Bill Reid (The Re­gent Shop­ping Cen­tre). in the heart

The BID has worked hard to pro­mote the town

Boost Hamil­ton BID were voted back in this week by mem­bers

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