Start promoting your business with I Love Clarkston
I Love Clarkston is one of Scotland’s most established Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), having been in place since 2010. More than 130 shops and businesses lie within our BID area, and collectively contribute to making Clarkston a must-visit destination to eat, drink, shop, spend and enjoy local. Check out the business directory and see all that I Love Clarkston has to offer. for your business and your addition to the directory is free for all local BID members
Comment from BID Members
The new website and directory for I Love Clarkston has made a difference, it allows all the business owners to show the local and visiting shoppers that Clarkston is a vibrant local community
The new incentives that we have implemented in Clarkston including videos, social media workshops and the new I Love Clarkston website and Business Directory are really setting us apart.
We have taken advantage of the added Google StreetView tour that really allows customers to get a good idea of what we have in store, the new site works great for our area.
As the chairman of the I Love Clarkston BID I have found substantial benefit from being included within the directory and the added boost to my business visibility online..
We are delighted to be featured within the new I Love Clarkston website and directory and love our Google StreetView Tour
Frequently Asked Questions
What is A BID
In 2010, The Scottish Government defined a Business Improvement District (BID) as;
“A precisely defined geographical area of a town, commercial district or tourism and visitor area, where businesses vote to invest collectively in local improvements resulting in an improved business environment and improved local economic growth.”
As such, the Clarkston BID ‘I Love Clarkston‘ was developed by the town’s commercial sector and continues to be managed and paid for by the same businesses – plus or minus a few retailer changes.
The concept only works if voted in by a majority of businesses, and it is then sustainable for its 5-year term by the payment of a compulsory BID levy. This collective investment pulls businesses together, including both independent and national retailers, and forms a large support network in which all businesses can flourish.
In Clarkston, 2015 saw both the BID’s first 5-year term come to an end, and the passing of a successful renewal ballot, meaning I Love Clarkston shall remain until at least 2020. This proves that our BID is indeed successful at creating a great business environment and improving local economic growth, but it is so much more.
As a collective body, all businesses in the area have a stronger influence in what matters to them, whether that be lobbying against local government decisions perceived to be harmful to Clarkston, or organising fun community events such as the annual Winter Wonderland.
BIDs have proved to be successful and innovative across the UK, and further afield, so let’s continue to make the most of I Love Clarkston!
How Do I join the Clarkston BID
The Clarkston Town Centre Business Improvement District is made up of some 132 businesses centred round Clarkston Toll and the Sheddens Roundabout. Located in East Renfrewshire it was put forward for a BID by the East Renfrewshire Chamber of Trade and Commerce.
If you move into the area or have a business in the area please contact us about member benefits
How can I be Added to the I Love Clarkston site
Please contact Andy Dunlop the BID manager who will give you more information about the BID, the Business Directory and the Google StreetView tours that enhance your listing on the directory