…more Business Support

A new raft of support measures for businesses in the town will be rolled out as part of Skipton BID’s third term.

The BID toolbox is designed to offer a wide portfolio of tools and training opportunities to all levy payers, and is a key part of the Business Plan for the third term.

Business Support – along with Attractive and Clean and Visit Skipton – is one of the three objectives that form the key planks of the BID Business Plan.

Skipton BID manager Geraldine Thompson stressed that this was an area that was going to be developed substantially in the third term.

“Over the last ten years, we have worked very hard at making Skipton a safer and more secure place to run a business and to live in and visit,” she said.

“Going forward, we will continue to do that – we’ve already committed to the installation of CCTV and we’ll continue to develop and improve the work we are doing with the Skipton Crime Reduction Partnership – but we also want to strengthen the other services we offer businesses.”

That already includes support with a grant finder programme and other business help and advice, as well as access to a huge support network of other members of Skipton BID – and members of all the other BIDs across the country.

“Going forward, we are going to develop our new ‘Toolbox’ of services and initiatives which will be available to levy payers either at no cost or at very favourable rates,” said Geraldine.

“That will offer a portfolio of free and heavily discounted business training opportunities and a range of subsidised business support tools – as well as things like grant-finding software, we’ll also offer access to HR advice and staffing and business support schemes.

“The BID will continue to contribute to the funding of footfall counters and other data capture services, and we will look to develop a ‘mystery shopper’ scheme to assist retail and other businesses.

“We will continue to support and develop schemes aimed at encouraging the use of local providers, and look at promotional trails and sector-related printed and online materials.”

 “As well as the CCTV system in the town centre and the Skipton Crime Reduction Partnership, with the BID funding and promoting the ‘ShopWatch’ radio scheme, the BID will also continue to give financial support to the S.T.A.N.D (Stopping Trouble and Night-time Disorder) scheme for licensed premises, and will continue to fund and develop the Town Centre Ambassador Scheme.

“We will also continue to fund and promote the ‘Best Bar None’ scheme for licensed premises and fund and promote additional security advice and assistance to levy payers.”

In total, the BID plans £250,000 worth of investment in the Business Support strand of the Business Plan over the next five-year term.