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16 Dec 2013

Sauchiehall Street businesses say yes to Glasgow’s first BID

Businesses in Sauchiehall Street have approved a plan to help make a section of one of Glasgow’s most famous streets Scotland’s undisputed premier entertainment destination.

Sauchiehall Street Improvement News

The city’s first-ever Business Improvement District (BID) will focus on the non-pedestrianised part of Sauchiehall Street from the junction with Rose Street and Blythswood Street to Charing Cross.

92% of eligible voting businesses voted in favour by number, and 97% by rateable value, Over 50% is required by legislation. The 59% turnout also comfortably exceeded the BID legislation minimum requirement of 25%.

Sauchiehall St

The business-led plan aims to substantially increase the number of overseas and domestic visitors through high-profile marketing, a programme of exciting events and by ensuring Sauchiehall Street is a cleaner, safer and highly inviting environment.

BID steering group chairman Brian Fulton, director of CPL Entertainment, which owns The Garage club, said: “I couldn’t be more pleased that businesses have supported the project’s ambitions and voted in favour of the BID. Every big and successful city in the world has streets which are synonymous with entertainment – and that is what Sauchiehall Street will become thanks to this decision. It was a famous place name in the past, and it will be that again.

“Among the priorities for Sauchiehall Street is to make it more friendly, safer, cleaner and easier to access, and for the area to be strongly marketed as our main entertainment location. This is a fantastic street which already has a wide range of bars, clubs, casinos and restaurants, augmented by a cultural core of arts venues and theatres. The city centre entertainment sector is crucial to the overall success and vitality of Glasgow, a key factor for tourists coming here, and for students deciding where to attend college or university.”

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce worked closely with a group of businesses which have frontages on the street to develop the BID proposal – entitled A Business Improvement District for the Entertainment Sector.

Sauchiehall Street

Chamber chief executive Stuart Patrick said: “It’s great news for Glasgow city centre. This section of Sauchiehall Street has gone through a significant change over the years and is no longer really a shopping street, but very much a leisure area. The BID will give this key area a greater degree of attention.

This is the first successful BID in Glasgow and it could now become a catalyst for BIDs in other areas proposed in the City Centre Strategy, such as the Style Mile and the pedestrian section of Sauchiehall Street, Argyle Street and Buchanan Street.

Glasgow City Council, through its City Centre Regeneration team, has supported Business Improvement Districts as a mechanism for businesses to work together to achieve collective objectives in an area, funding the demonstration project for the Sauchiehall Street BID. The BID also provides a great opportunity for businesses to collectively participate in the new City Centre Strategy and its emerging plans for the Sauchiehall District.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “This is great news for the city and it is very welcome that businesses are working together to enhance our reputation as an entertainment destination. With our City Centre Strategy and dedicated City Centre Regeneration team in place we look forward to working with businesses, residents and stakeholders to continue to develop the city centre as not only a must visit destination but something Glaswegians can continue to be proud of.”

The BID will begin in April 2014, and run for an initial term of five years until March 31 2019.

Businesses in the area will invest the equivalent of 1% of their rateable value into a fund. Over £180,000 will be raised this way in the first five years and other funding avenues will be explored to maximise the reach of projects.

Sauchiehall Street Renewal News

5 Nov 2013 – Entertainment venues in one of Scotland’s most famous streets are being balloted about a plan to make the area as big a draw as London’s West End, reports the Glasgow Evening times today. The aim is to increase the number of visitors through marketing, a programme of events and by ensuring Sauchiehall Street is clean and safe. The planned Business Improvement District (BID) will focus on the non-pedestrianised section from the junction with Rose Street and Blythswood Street to the junction with Charing Cross.

A group of businesses which have frontages on the street have been working with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce to develop the proposal. It is aimed at supporting, championing and improving the large number of entertainment premises operating on that section of Sauchiehall Street. They include bars and restaurants, nightclubs, casinos, take away restaurants, cafes, licensed exhibitions and entertainment venues.

Voting papers have been sent out to all eligible businesses and in December a ballot will be held. It will be valid if there is a turnout of 25% or more and if a majority vote in favour. If they do, all entertainment firms in Sauchiehall Street will pay the equivalent of 1% of their rateable value into a ­special fund. In 2011, businesses in Sauchiehall Street were hit when a major fire closed the road for almost six months and they have since had to battle the recession.

Sauchiehall Street

Old Building View
building photos © Adrian Welch

Sauchiehall Street Sauchiehall St
photographs © Adrian Welch

Much of this long street is pedestrianised, at the east end

McLellan Galleries building, 270 Sauchiehall St
McLellan Galleries Glasgow McLellan Galleries
picture © AW

Most famous Sauchiehall Street building : Willow Tea Rooms
Willow Tea Rooms
photo © AW

Art Deco building : Baird Hall
Baird Hall
image © AW

Sauchiehall Street Bar : CCA Glasgow – Cinema, Bar, Cafe, Performance spaces
Alexander Thomson
Sauchiehall St image AW

Sauchiehall Street Club : ABC Music Venue
ABC Music Venue
photo : Paul Zanre

Slumdog Bar + Kitchen
Slumdog Bar + Kitchen
photo © Keith Hunter

Sauchiehall St NightClub : Garage Club
Sauchiehall St Building
building photo © Adrian Welch

Sauchiehall St Bank : National Bank of Pakistan
Scottish Bank, Branch
building photo © Adrian Welch

Buildings off Sauchiehall Street

Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow Film Theatre

Sauchiehall Street Building
Banana Building – Dental School : scanned image © Adrian Welch 1988

Buildings at the west end of Sauchiehall Street

Charing Cross Mansions
Charing Cross Mansions
photo © Adrian Welch

518 Sauchiehall Street
518 Sauchiehall Street
photo © Adrian Welch

Tay House + Bridge over the M8
Tay House Tay House
photos © Adrian Welch

Buildings at the west end of Bath Street

Variety Gate
Variety Gate
picture © Adrian Welch

Bath Street Entry by Richard Murphy Architects
Bath Street Entry Bath Street Entry
building pictures © Adrian Welch

St Stephens Renfield Church
St Stephens Renfield Church
photo © Adrian Welch

King’s Theatre
Date built: 1904
Frank Matcham
King's Theatre King's Theatre
building pictures © Adrian Welch
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow,G2 4JN, Scotland.
Box Office: 0141 240 1111
Website :
Former municipal theatre

Location: Sauchiehall St, central Glasgow, Strathclyde, southwest Scotland, United Kingdom

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