Mags Fenner Appointed as New BID for Galashiels Project Manager

The steering group of the Galashiels Business Improvement District (BID) project is delighted to announce the appointment of Mags Fenner as the new project manager. Mags’ extensive experience and successful track record in BID work, including her management of the BID for Galashiels 2018 project, make her an ideal choice for this crucial role. Her appointment is a significant boost to the project, instilling confidence in its future success.

As Manager, Mags will spearhead efforts to establish a BID company for the town with the crucial BID ballot expected in November this year. Once a BID Company is established, a manager will be appointed to work with businesses and other key stakeholders to implement the BID business plan, delivering a range of initiatives to improve the vitality and vibrancy of Galashiels town centre.

Lewis Roden, co-chair of BID for Galashiels, expressed his confidence in Mags’ abilities, stating: “Mags’ work in 2018, developing a project that would have established a BID company then, had it not been for an anomaly with one of the business’s vote, is a testament to her dedication to BIDs and the town. There is a demonstrable desire among Galashiels businesses for a business led initiative working for the benefit and betterment of the town. A BID is the ideal vehicle for this. Mags will spend the coming months consulting with the town’s businesses and other key strategic partners to develop a BID business plan which will be put to a ballot of the town’s businesses in November.”

Mags’ appointment comes at a critical time for the town as last month saw the end of the Build a Better Gala project, a South of Scotland Enterprise and Scottish Borders Council-funded initiative that delivered a range of regeneration activities in Galashiels over the last three years. The aspiration is that a BID would build on what has already been started with Build a Better Gala.

Mags said: “Of all the BID work I have been involved with, Galashiels has always had a special place in my heart. I relish the opportunity to establish a Business Improvement District for the town in 2024. I look forward to reconnecting with familiar faces and meeting those who have set up many of the new businesses, working together to improve the local economy.”

A business consultation is now underway, allowing everyone with premises within the proposed BID zone to give their views on the project and suggest changes that would benefit their business.

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