Dunfermline Delivers AGM And Welcomes New Board Members (31/01/2013)

The group devoted to making Dunfermline a better place to do business, work, live, invest and visit is urging local businesses to engage with them to support its campaign.

 Dunfermline Delivers held its AGM last night and alongside welcoming two new members to the Board of Directors it urged BID member businesses to exploit and profit from the organisation.  

 Chief Executive Maggie Mitchell and Chairman Michael Maloco staged a call to arms for further engagement, encouraging those present to provide feedback and ideas which Dunfermline Delivers can draw upon to create a better business environment for all.

 Maggie Mitchell said: “We were delighted with last night’s turn out and we would like to thank all who attended for coming along.  

 “It was fantastic to see business members from all sectors, ranging from law and accountancy to retail, restaurant to tourism represented, and we would like to remind businesses that we are here to help, so anyone with any thoughts, ideas or opinions is encouraged to get in touch.

 “Despite obvious challenges faced by businesses, primarily in relation to the current economic climate, Dunfermline BID members should take great pride in their skill and fortitude over the past year and looking forward we are dedicated to supporting and furthering this in any way we can.”

 MSP Bill Walker, Fife Council representatives and BID members representing all of Dunfermline’s business sectors listened to the appeal and responded positively to the new business ideas presented. Offering a review of the past financial year and outlining plans and initiatives to come in to play in 2013, the meeting also saw Neil Mackie, Centre Manager of the Kingsgate Centre and Scott Stibbs, Store Manager at Debenhams, elected to the board.

 Neil Mackie, said: “I am delighted to have been elected to the Dunfermline Delivers board of Directors as I feel strongly that in working together we can benefit all stakeholders and make the city a better place to live and work for everyone.

 “As someone who runs a business out of the city centre I can see the value the drives and initiatives powered by Dunfermline Delivers can bring, and I am keen to help give my support and ideas where I can.”

 Maggie Mitchell presented meeting attendees with a summary of the organisations’ document entitled ‘The Journey’, which reviews its activity since its inauguration in June 2009.

 Highlighted were the organisations strategic objectives for perception and image, business growth and marketing and promotion. The document also refers to the city centre action plan, plans to revitalise the town centre alongside more immediate initiatives such as applications for Purple Flag, Beautiful Scotland and the recently launched Dunfermline Going Green initiative.

 Luca Pornaro of Binn Waste Management, a partner in Dunfermline Going Green, gave a comprehensive outline of the revolutionary waste management scheme, identifying the cost and convenience benefits to Dunfermline businesses.

 Not restricted to discussing plans and initiatives past and present, the meeting also offered Chairman Michael Maloco the chance to reassure BID members that the organisation remains dedicated to championing a move by the New Fife College, formerly Carnegie College, to Dunfermline city centre.

 He said: “We are convinced that in moving in to Dunfermline city centre Carnegie College would benefit students, staff and local individuals through supporting local businesses.

 “In ensuring Dunfermline is a centre of activity we can help prevent further damage to our retail hub through shop closures. Dunfermline city centre also offers great leisure facilities and green spaces particularly in Pittencrieff Park.

 “We appreciate that the final decision as to where the college relocates lies with the new amalgamated College Board, but we hope it will consider the viable city centre options available, and the welfare of local lifestyle and economy, when it comes to making a decision.”

 The organisation’s recent campaigns have focused on revitalising the city centre, and have included the hugely successful Bruce Festival, one of Fife’s best free events, the Dunfermline Fireworks, Dunfermline Winter Festival and Dunfermline Live.

 Dunfermline Delivers unveiled its new brand, Dunfermline – connecting with you in September and launched its new website in October - which will now underpin all its efforts to promote the city as a business, tourism and lifestyle destination