Scotland Loves Local Place Leader Award
Winner: Jackie Shearer, Manager of Possilpark BID
A driving force in the mission to breathe new life into a community has had her inspirational leadership honoured.
Jackie Shearer, manager of Possilpark Business Improvement District (BID) was named as winner of the Scotland Loves Local Place Leader Award.
The accolade is recognition of her critical role in launching a new BID in the North Glasgow neighbourhood and kickstarting its work to revive the Saracen Street area.
Judges had been told: “Supported by her direction, an alliance of businesses, public authorities, a social landlord and politicians has come together as part of a pilot project which is setting about showing what the power of collaboration can deliver, with a BID which combines a business and community model to revitalise the area.”
Possilpark BID is building on community and business links and drawing on the area’s rich heritage to generate new pride, kindness and compassion to build a better future under the banner of ‘Remaking Saracen’.
Work got underway in 2019, with organisations including North Glasgow Homes, after traders said they wanted to “lift the look and feel of the street”.
Jackie said: “Over the past year we have been developing a number of projects. The big one is the shopfront refurb scheme. That’s kitting out a new shopfront for about 12 units.
“We’re going back to a heritage theme in Saracen Street and it’s really nice to see all of those original features being revealed.”
After feedback from those living and working in the area, planters have also been installed to brighten up the area.
On the award success, Jackie added: “Winning the award for Possilpark BID goes beyond the improvement district itself. It’s an award for the wider community. Everyone really will get value and pleasure from knowing their area has won.”
Runners - Up
Malcolm Thomas Harley from Hamilton Our Town Business Improvement District has spearheaded a new market which has brought in more than five thousand extra people into the town. Working with businesses and performers, it has been estimated that the work has generated one hundred thousand pounds for the local economy, with great feedback from residents and visitors.
Andrew Spence, Chief Executive of BID4Oban Business Improvement District, has been credited by members with bringing a fresh approach to how it is managed and organised since his appointment in 2017, ensuring that it is at the forefront of tourism and commerce in the town – including playing a significant role in the area’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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