September’s meeting of the LBA

After a short summer recess we’re back! The next meeting of the LBA will be at Easygo Electric Bikes on 19th September at 7pm. Gordon will show us round his showroom and there will be a couple of bikes available for members to test ride. Mark it in your diaries, folks!

https://www.easygoebikes.com/

 

Garden Party, Friday 10th August.

What do LBA members normally do on a Friday evening? Whatever it is next week is different! On Friday 10th August members of the LBA are invited to a pre-event garden-party at Party at the Palace. Details below:

 

Summer Garden Party with live music, bars, food and a big wheel.

 

The event is for the Linlithgow community and is by invitation only. Party at the Palace and Loop Connections invite people within Linlithgow to a pre event party at the Party at the Palace site. There will be a barbecue, live music, bars, tea, coffee and hot chocolate and the big wheel with great views out across the Palace and local countryside.

 

This event is mainly for the volunteers of Linlithgow who work hard all year round making Linlithgow a great place to live. Tickets can be collected from The Granary on the High Street. Simply state that you have been invited as a LBA member.

 

When: Friday 10th August.

Time: 5pm – 9.30pm.

Where: the top section of the PATP site at Bonnytoun Farm.

Tickets: admission is free by ticket only.

What’s on: live music, bars, food and big wheel.

What’s off: the main kids area is on the main field which will be closed on the Friday evening. There are no parking facilities open either so you will need to walk along.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult as the area is licensed.

 

Breakfast meeting in June

The next meeting of the LBA will be slightly different. We’re meeting for breakfast at the Coffee Neuk, at the Cross. Spaces will be limited so contact Susan at Truly Scrumptious to confirm details and to book a space (susan@trulydesignercakes.co.uk)

https://en-gb.facebook.com/The-Coffee-Neuk-227803867314362/

 

 

Next meeting of the LBA

The next meeting of the LBA will be hosted by Kutchenhaus at 33-37 High Street on Wednesday 23 May at 7pm. There will be the usual catch-up on events through the town, an introduction to Kutchenhaus from Nicola Bryden, and maybe a guest speaker (details still under wraps…).

Money for Old Roads!

11 April 2018 – For immediate release

FSB: New cash for road repairs in West Lothian welcomed

The Scottish Government’s release of an additional £10 million worth of funding to local government for road repairs is good news for West Lothian.

Janet Torley, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) East of Scotland Area Leader, said:

“FSB has consistently called for national action to tackle the deteriorating state of our local roads, made worse by this year’s run of bad weather.  The simple truth is that poorly maintained local roads make it more difficult and costly to do business.

“What Scotland needs is strategic long-term solution to the endemic problem of roads maintenance and repair but, in the meantime, the Scottish Government’s announcement of £10 million for investment across Scotland’s local authorities is hugely welcome.

“West Lothian Council already spends higher than the Scottish average on roads maintenance per kilometre, so the promise of additional resources will hopefully see our local roads improved still further.”

ENDS

Notes

 

  1. The Scottish Government announcement can be found here:

https://news.gov.scot/news/extra-gbp-10-million-for-road-maintenance

 

Next LBA meeting on 25 April

The next meeting of the LBA will be on 25th April at 7pm at the Court Residence. We’re hoping to have some feedback from the Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s workshop “Creating health wealth and happiness in your town”, a chat about the new GDPR regulations, a guided tour of the Court Residence and the usual updates on threats and opportunities in the town.

Hope to see you there.

Jon Newey

Chair, LBA

Next meeting 25 April at Court Residence

We had a great evening at taste deli last month. many thanks to Steven for hosting, and thanks to Simon Baldwin for all the latest info about the pros and cons of town-wide wifi systems.

 

The next meeting will be at the Court Residence at 7pm on Wednesday 25th April. Mark it in your diary!

Next LBA get-together 21st March

The next meeting of the Linlithgow Business Association will be at Taste Deli at 7.00pm on Wednesday 21st March.

There will be a presentation about the latest ways to use social media to boost business, followed by a presentation about Taste, some chat about what’s current in the town and general socialising. Plus there will be a free glass of wine for everyone attending – what’s not to like!

If you’re keen to come along please please get in touch so that we can book you a space.

Jon Newey and the LBA team

AGM held 1 Feb 2018

Linlithgow Business Assiociation’s Annual general meeting was held on Thursday 1 Feb 2018

Chair Jon Newey welcomed everyone. JN summarised the history of the LBA from 1982 to the present day. JN described the similarities and differences between the LBA and the more recent business-focussed organisations in the town including Link-up, EH49 Hub, The Traders Forum and the two Business Improvement Districts.

JN gave a brief summary of the LBA’s mission for the coming months:

  • Continuing to share information between businesses about threats and opportunities in the town, promoting the positive aspects of Linlithgow’s business community, brainstorming solutions to some of the town’s difficulties and sharing examples of good business practice.
  • Continuing to put business-like thinking into various non-business organisations that are active in the town.
  • Continuing to check and comment on planning applications in the town, from a business perspective.
  • Continuing to learn from the experience of other similar towns through involvement with Scottish Towns Partnership, BIDs Scotland, Turnaround Towns etc.
  • Arranging social events for members.

Daniel O’Brien from the Federation of Small Businesses gave a short presentation.

Rebecca Holmes gave a short talk about the EH49 Hub. The EH49 Hub and LBA intend to collaborate on various events over the coming year.

The following Office bearers were proposed, seconded and elected by show of hands:

Chair:                      Jon Newey

Vice chair:              Tom Smith

Secretary:               Derek Halden

Treasurer:               David Tait

Events Coordinator: Susan Archibald

Food and social networking followed and new members were welcomed.

Thanks to the Star and Garter for hosting.

Next meeting: To be confirmed.

2018 – Happy New Year!

At the end of 2017 a few people asked us why some of Linlithgow’s shops and cafes have closed. At the last count there were 151 businesses on the High Street, 72 on the industrial estate, and 190 or so others spread across the rest of the town. Businesses tend to come and go for a variety of reasons. Linlithgow High Street tends to have a rolling list of 5 or 6 empty units all the time, roughly 4%. Some of the units on the High Street are very small, so successful businesses sometimes have to vacate to move somewhere bigger. This accounts for most of the empty units at the moment, so having a few empty shops isn’t always a sign of things failing! Sometimes it is the result of start-ups being successful.

There’s a constant churn of businesses throughout the town. Its a sign of vibrancy as opposed to stagnation. Units are often only empty for 3 or 4 months while new tenants are being found and new leases are being signed. Running a small businesses is always a challenge, the business paradigm is constantly shifting and there’s no room for complacency, but its not all doom and gloom! We have some very successful businesses in our town.

The High Street businesses that tend to thrive are those offering things you can’t get on the internet (fresh cream cakes, fresh fish, hot coffee, space to meet friends, haircuts) or face-to-face services (such as architects, solicitors, accountants, dentists, cake decorators). The night-time economy (pubs, restaurants, hotels) shouldn’t be forgotten either.

Shops that are thriving tend to have a strong on-line presence, selling as much (if not more) through the internet as they do through the shop. By having a foot in both camps they really can beat the internet at its own game.

The closure of the TSB, RBS and Santander will bring some additional challenges but new businesses are already vying for the retail space. There’s plenty of room for optimism in 2018!