Bid to find local champion

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SOUTH Queensferry is on the search for an ideal candidate to champion the town and help boost its economy.

Local group South Queensferry Ambition is looking for a person to manage, develop and promote the town as it aims to become a Business Improvement District (BID).

BIDs (Business Improvement District) are a major policy initiative in Scotland and the UK. Originating in Canada, the primary aim is to give the business community greater influence in their town, to determine projects that they consider will improve their trading environment and which they will ultimately manage and deliver through the formation of a BID company.

BIDs projects seek to improve footfall, investment and help improve economic growth and the environmental and social vibrancy of an area.

The Queensferry BID project was launched last year and following successful grant funding it is now in a position to enrol a project manager to take it to the next level.

Although the position is a fixed nine month part time contract, it will offer an excellent remuneration package and future prospects.

The role will be to plan and co-ordinate all aspects relating to the development of a BID for Queensferry and will include working/visiting with local businesses, develop and deliver a marketing and communication strategy to promote the BID and liaise with external agencies to carry out research/surveys to produce a business plan.

George Grierson, a member of the South Queensferry BID Steering Committee, who is co-ordinating the job application process, said: “There has been a huge amount of interest in the position with many ideal candidates, we are sure we will find the right person. He or she will be the champion for the BID and the face of the project.”

He added: “When people think of Queensferry, they think of the High Street but there are over 230 local businesses in and around the Queensferry area. What we are looking for is to promote what Queensferry has to offer. Whilst there will always be tourists and day trippers, especially at weekends, our aim is to increase footfall each and every day of the week. The BID project will look at ways as how to do this, listening and acting on the views of the local business community.”

The closing date for applications is today, (Friday) March 4. For an application pack contact George Grierson on 07740 454154 or email southqueensferrybid@gmail.com