New trade group option
Proposals for a new Stewartry business association will be unveiled in Dalbeattie.
The plan is one of the choices facing the town’s struggling chamber of trade and commerce.
Winding up the organisation entirely is another possibility, members will be told on Wednesday.
The crunch meeting in the Kings Arms on October 10 follows a survey of businesses on possible ways forward.
Chamber member Brian Malcolmson will present the findings.
Mr Malcolmson, who runs a health and safety business, said: “One of the options will be a Stewartry-wide group.
“When you are looking for national funding you are more likely to get it if you are representing 15,000 people, rather than 3,000. It would have representatives from all the main areas.”
Mr Malcolmson organised distribution of 140 questionnaires round Dalbeattie businesses.
Major problems identified included the lack of banks in the town.
“We asked people what affects their business – and having no banks in Dalbeattie was right up there,”said Mr Malcolmson.
He added: “There is a lot of apathy and I suppose that’s understandable.
“We are becoming a dormitory town and we have to change that approach if Dalbeattie is to prosper.”
The crisis facing the Dalbeattie chamber echoes Castle Douglas, which has had no chamber of commerce for years.