Business Parks and Industrial Estates provide significant levels of employment across Scotland and are home to many of our small and medium sized businesses.
Business Parks can be remote to residential centres, suffer from a lack of services by the statutory authorities and be subject to crime and vandalism, amongst many other issues, making it difficult to attract staff, presenting an untidy and neglected appearance and a burden on businesses in terms of safety and security both for the business itself, and for their staff.
A Business Improvement District allows businesses to work collectively to address local issues such as improved access and public transport links; a safer, more secure environment – such as CCTV, mobile patrols, lighting, better asset management by collectively investing money which works harder and smarter – sharing costs and responsibilities.
A BID business park can also help provide business-to-business planning, improved staff recruitment and retention, greater efficiencies through local procurement, the opportunity to attract additional funding, a competitive regional advantage and a strong local voice for business.
In Scotland, there are now 3 BID Business Parks: Clacks First Ltd., Linlithgow – Mill Road, and Vale of Leven Industrial Estate. The Board of Directors in each area are delivering projects and services collectively and in collaboration with other bodies and agencies that will be of benefit to the local businesses and the local community. Selkirk Business Park is currently developing a BID.
Clackmannanshire pioneered the involvement of property owners in BIDs in Scotland, with Clackmannanshire Business Parks (Clacksfirst Limited) becoming the first county-wide, commercial BID in Scotland, and the first UK business park BID to involve property owners, as well as occupiers. There are approximately 200 companies operating from around 300 properties across 10 business parks.
Projects Clacksfirst has delivered to date include:
- Ø Entrance and internal directory board signage to ensure that customers and visitors are clearly directed around the business park, security audits by Central Scotland Police and the Scottish Business Crime Centre to identify security issues and problems which resulted in:
- Ø a security grant scheme, partly funded by Clacksfirst Ltd, to assist BID businesses to implement crime prevention and reduction measures such as improved lighting, installation or upgrading of CCTV (both internal and external), installation or upgrading of burglar alarms, security warning signage, locks, doors or door shutters, windows and window shutters, crime prevention alerts in conjunction with Central Scotland Police,
- Ø an interactive Business Crime Prevention Toolkit, developed in conjunction with Central Scotland Police and the Scottish Business Crime Centre, to assist member businesses and their staff to prevent crime and identify criminal activity and offenders,
- in partnership with British Parking association, Central Scotland Police and the Scottish Business Crime Centre, Ceteris based in Clackmannanshire was the first company, on an industrial estate in Scotland, to achieve the prestigious Safer Parking Award.
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