Glasgow traders want out after BID flops

Traders in the Clarkston district of Glasgow want to end their BID after no improvement in three years.

Jim Watt, who runs Cafe Roma with his son James, was served by sheriff’s officers on Monday with a £1300 bill for unpaid BID fees. He has come to a payment arrangement, but regrets voting yes to the BID.

He said: “Our revenue hasn’t gone up a penny since it came in, but we’re paying out an extra £900 a year. There was a Christmas open day which maybe increased our turnover by about £200 compared to an average Saturday, but there were plenty of other businesses that saw no increase at all.

“We wouldn’t mind if we were seeing something substantial in return, but the BID has done nothing.”

The levy of an extra 3.5p in the pound on business rates for the Clarkston scheme is the highest BID charge in Scotland. Herald Scotland.

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