Thehunt is now officially on for members of a dynamic, enthusiastic board of directors for Oban’s new Business Improvement District (BID) company.
Letters have been sent to all eligible businesses within the BID boundary seeking nominations for the 10 available places on the board.
The move comes after last week’s successful ballot, in which 90% of those who returned a vote were in favour of the BID’s creation.
When the BID company begins its work on 31st October, Oban will become the first location in the UK to boast a BID encompassing its entire 30mph speed limit zone.
The outgoing BID4Oban Steering Group, which masterminded the development of the project’s five year Business Plan, is now gearing up to hand the reins over to a 12-strong board of directors.
Two of those places will be filled by Argyll and Bute Council’s nominated representatives, leaving 10 available for local business figures.
The spaces have been broken down into categories in order to ensure that each business sector is fairly represented. Those categories – and the number of seats allocated to each – are:
- Retail/Wholesale – 3
- Leisure/Hospitality – 3
- Industrial/Service – 2
- Office/Financial – 2
Project co-ordinator Pauline Cameron said the numbers corresponded to the make-up of Oban’s business community,m sayong: ‘Each sector’s allocation is proportionate, which ensures the BID company’s board of directors is a fair reflection of the businesses it is working for.
‘We would like to get as wide a spread of nominations as possible both in terms of business size and geographical location, as well as specific trading sectors.
‘To that end, we are very keen for any levy-payer who shares the BID’s vision for a vibrant town with an engaged, involved business community to nominate themselves for a place on the Board.
‘Whether you own an Oban business, or manage the local branch of a ‘multiple’ business which is headquartered elsewhere, we’d like to hear from you.
‘Above all, we’re looking for people who have a passion for improving the local trading environment for the benefit of the whole community. That’s what this BID is all about, and that’s what the board of directors will be striving to achieve.’
Earlier this week several Steering Group members met to sign a Memorandum of Association, which formally establishes the BID Company.
The move paved the way for the company’s Board membership to be finalised over the next few weeks.
Letters and application forms have now been sent to every levy-paying business within the BID area, inviting owners and/or managers to nominate themselves for a place on the Board.
All application forms must be returned by 1st November. Each should include the name and signature of a ‘supporter’, who must also be a levy-payer.
- If more nominations are received than the allocated number of places, by category, then a meeting will be held at which those wishing to become directors can present their case before a vote is taken.
- If an insufficient number of nominations is received in any category, the Board has the right to co-opt.
A seat on the Board – which is unpaid – will involve active participation and involvement in all aspects of the BID for a period of at least three years. This includes attending a minimum of six Board meetings each year.
The overall responsibilities of the new Board members will be:
- Overseeing the delivery of the projects and services laid out in the BID4Oban business plan
- Ensuring the company is operated in an efficient and effective manner
- Ensuring proper financial management and transparent decision making
- Decisions related to grant applications made to the BID (eg shop frontage scheme, marketing and events grants etc)
- Monitoring performance of the company against its objectives, and publishing the company’s Annual Report
- Adapting the projects delivered, should new opportunities or changes in circumstance arise, in the best interests of the whole business community
- The strategic direction of the BID
- Signing and adhering to an agreed Code of Conduct relating to their position on the Board, including completing a Register of Interests on taking up the position
Anyone who would like more details on what membership of the BID Board would involve should contact either Pauline Cameron on email@example.com or Bid4Oban steering group chair Graham MacQueen:
- by phone on: 07833 948544.
Further information on Oban’s BID project can be found online here.
Note: The accompanying photograph – © Kevin McGlynn – shows the Memorandum of Association being signed by Steering Group members on Tuesday 9th October 2012 – Left to right sitting: Andrea Simpson (Ark Hairdressing), Rosanne Ogden (MacPhee & Partners), Graham MacQueen (Chair – MacQueen Bros) and Lindsay MacDonald (Corran House)
Left to right standing: Sandy MacArthur (Alt na Craig Guest House) and John Forteith (Forteith Foodservice)