As the MP for Inverness, I just want to say a massive congratulations to Inverness Business Improvement District (BID) for their brilliant success in securing the support of local businesses for another five years. This is fantastic news and a true testament to the hard work, dedication, and vision of the entire BID team.
I want to give a special shout-out to Lorraine, the Chief Executive of Inverness BID, for her leadership and tireless efforts in building strong relationships with businesses in the city centre. I also want to commend the rest of the team, from the Board Members to the team members out and about, those sharing news and information online, and those welcoming thousands of visitors throughout the year. You’ve all done a great job, and I’m sure there’s lots more to come. Keep up the excellent work!
Inverness is a thriving city with a diverse range of businesses, and I have no doubt that with the support of Inverness BID, it will continue to grow and prosper over the years to come. They are truly committed to promoting the city, supporting local businesses, and driving economic growth.
Of course, we can’t ignore the challenges facing high streets across the country, but Inverness BID has shown that there are plenty of opportunities to adapt and thrive in this changing landscape. By focusing on experiential retail – such as the city centre gift card and finding new ways to promote local businesses, high streets can remain vibrant and relevant.
While there are always different views about the direction for our city and the pace and type of change needed, one thing is abundantly clear – the local business community is united in their commitment to restoring our city centre into a thriving place to visit, shop, eat and spend time in. With the support of organisations like Inverness BID, and a shared vision for the future, I’m confident that we can create a vibrant, bustling, and prosperous city centre that we can all be proud of. Let’s continue to work together to make our collective Inverness 2035 vision a reality.
Once again, congratulations to Inverness BID and all those who contributed to this amazing achievement. I’m excited to see what the future holds for Inverness and its businesses under their leadership. Let’s continue to work together to build a brighter, more prosperous future for our community.