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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 […]

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 […]

Regular LBA’s management meeting on Thursday 26 January 2017

As ever, the LBA committee discussed a range of topics affecting business in the town: The recent closure of the fruit and veg shop on the High Street was discussed. The shop was popular but generated insufficient turnover. The difficulties of high street shops competing with the convenience of supermarkets was discussed. Updates from Councillor […]

Regular LBA’s management meeting on Monday 19 December

As usual we discussed a range of topics affecting business in the Town: Report from Mike Vickers and Cllr David Tait on attendance at a meeting in Glasgow of the Electoral Reform Group, aimed at getting better grass-roots local democracy. Updates from Councillor Tait on the activities of the Linlithgow High street BID and the […]

Regular LBA’s management meeting on Wednesday 17 November

Regular LBA’s management meeting on Wednesday 17 November. We discussed a range of topics affecting business in the Town: Report from Mike Vickers on the Scottish Towns Partnership annual conference. LBA are members of STP. Valuable feedback from the Scottish Government and other Scottish towns on diverse topics such as monitoring footfall, improving digital communications, […]

Scottish Town’s Partnership – 9 November 2016

Scottish Town’s Partnership held a very interesting meeting in Kirkcaldy on 9 November. The meeting featured rejuvenating the High Street and new directions in Town Planning; these session where given Steve Millington from Manchester Metropolitan University and the Institute of Place Management and Andy Milne from SURF, and Jarmo Suominen from Finland and Kelvin Campbell […]

Benefitting from Business Mentoring

Do you have the ambition to grow your existing business? Do you find yourself with more problems than solutions? Is there a market out there you would love to tap into but don’t know how? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you would benefit from Business Mentoring. A funded service directed at […]

Leaving the EU

So the UK has voted to leave the EU. It remains to be seen what this means for the economy, both local and national. A drop in the value of the pound will mean imported materials will go up in price, but a UK-wide slow-down in the economy might mean that labour costs go down […]

Can Do Places

I attended a Can Do Places Enterprise Mash Up on the 20th April at the Drygate brewery. Despite the location the event was sober! The Can Do Places vision is “to help people create Can Do Spaces in towns across Scotland. Not innovation spaces, not creative spaces but messy spaces. Spaces where people can make […]

New Workplace Pensions auto-enrolment regime

Many LBA members will be wrestling with the new Workplace Pensions auto-enrolment regime There’s not much advice out there for small businesses. If you have just 2 or 3 employees and you’re investing 1% of their salaries into a “master trust” scheme then you’ve probably got a pension pot of less than £1000 to invest […]