Business rates and parking spaces:

Admittedly, not many of the small businesses along Linlithgow High Street are lucky enough to have their own parking space, but those that do will find that they get a separate bill for business rates for their car park this year. It’s worth knowing that if your business qualifies for small business discount (effectively reducing your rates bill to zero) then your parking space qualifies too, but you have to apply separately for the discount.

Meanwhile the Linlithgow BID is warning businesses to be wary of unsolicited letters offering to reduce the rates by appeal. http://www.linlithgowmillroadbid.com/unsolicited-mail-lookout/

LBA committee meeting held on 26 April 2017

The LBA committee discussed the usual range of topics affecting business in the town:

Amongst other topics the committee discussed the activities of the Historic Environment Scotland Group, both Linlithgow BIDs, the Community Council, the Planning Forum , the Civic Trust and the Town Management Group.

The Linlithgow Community Development Trust’s proposals for a business ‘hub’ were discussed. Currently the ‘hub’ is an online community called Space4 aimed at helping small and micro businesses to prosper. http://trust-linlithgow.org.uk/linlithgow-business-community-hub/ A physical hub may be developed in the future.

The Council’s proposals for redeveloping the Vennel area were discussed. A draft planning guidance report has been issued. http://coins.westlothian.gov.uk/coins/submissiondocuments.asp?submissionid=34271

The McCarthy and Stone development at the Cross was discussed. The retail units on the frontage are still not complete. Councillor Tait has been in discussions.

Anne Daly gave a report from the Visit Scotland Tourism Expo held at the SEC this week.

Chair Jon Newey will be attending the Queensferry BNI as a guest later in the week.

The next LBA meeting is to be Friday 2 June at 7:30pm. LBA members are invited to attend