about us

Out to Ballot!

Over the last couple of years, the Business Improvement District has been working with local businesses in getting to ‘ballot’ and securing a YES result. This will enable us to continue improving our area. If you’re a business in the BID area and haven’t received your ballot papers, let us know immediately. Read on to find out more about us…

Ballot Papers

Next Steps

We recently published a ‘next steps’ document that summarises the BID’s achievements over 2020 and 2021 including a summary of your views captured through our questionnaire. Please take a read here.

Our Business Plan

Our business plan is based on views from the businesses in the BID area about continuing to improve Saracen Street and its environs. The business plan also outlines our BID geography and the levy. You can read it in full here.

The Steering Group

The BID is led by a steering group with its current members listed below. Members come mainly from the businesses in the BID area with some community and third sector representatives.

  • Omar Afzal (Shopsmart Post Office) as Treasurer
  • Bob Doris MSP
  • Gerry Facenna (Allied Vehicles)
  • Mark Feeney (Possil & Saracen Pharmacies)
  • Margaret Fraser (ng homes)
  • Jim Garrity (Pollok Credit Union)
  • Cllr Alan Gow / Bailie Jacqueline McLaren (rotating)
  • Brian Kelly (Eye Pad Optician) as Chair
  • Gary Walker, (Gary Walker Butcher) as Secretary
  • Sergeant Lorna Watson, Police Scotland

Primary Partners and Supporters

  • Glasgow City Council is the local delivery partner for BIDs in the city
  • ng homes is a registered social landlord and anchor organisation in North Glasgow who currently host the BID at their 252 Saracen Street office
  • Scotland’s Improvement Districts is the national centre for Business Improvement Districts (BID) in Scotland. Its key goal is to support BIDs across Scotland to deliver inclusive local economic growth through national strategic guidance, training and practical support to build strong national partnerships.
  • Scotland’s Towns Partnership is the national towns’ collective; representing and promoting the diversity of our towns and places and supporting those organisations and groups that have an interest in or ownership of them.