Greenock based MSP, Stuart McMillan met with Ian Davison Porter, Director of Business Improvement Districts Scotland (BIDS) to discuss the opportunities for Inverclyde to become a Business Improvement District.
A BID brings together groups of businesses to work collectively to invest in improving their business environment, to grow their market sector and assist local sustainable economic growth.
During the meeting, various options were discussed which may be beneficial for Inverclyde to pursue including that of focusing on Marine Tourism.
After the meeting, Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“Inverclyde has a huge amount to offer and we can do so much more with our tourism potential. BID’s are successful elsewhere in Scotland and I see no reason why we couldn’t have one here in Inverclyde.
A BID with a Marine Tourism focus would be perfect for Inverclyde. Inverclyde has two Marina’s, the headquarters of CalMac and with over 100,000 visitors coming into the Greenock Ocean Terminal this year, we already could be the Marine Tourism Capital of Scotland.
“Inverclyde’s location lends itself to even greater Marine Tourism opportunities just as Fort William is the Outdoor capital of the UK. Making more of our marine tourism opportunities will help create training opportunities and jobs as well as being good for the Inverclyde economy.”
Ian Davison Porter added:
“Local businesses working together could significantly boost the marine tourism sector in Inverclyde and help establish Inverclyde as a world class marine tourism destination.
“The flexibility of the BIDs model allows businesses to develop the partnership and deliver local ambitions in a coordinated approach to make the most of the incredible marine sector in Inverclyde and create lasting positive change and benefit’.