FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2017


West Lothian Fairtrade Zone Steering Group is reminding local people about Fairtrade Fortnight and asking everyone to help by choosing products which support the drive for change for farmers in developing countries. During Fairtrade Fortnight the West Lothian Fairtrade Zone Steering Groups is asking local people to support a fair living for the farmers and people who produce the tea, coffee, cocoa, sugar, fruit and a wide range of other products we all use on a daily basis. West Lothian’s Fairtrade Day is on Monday 27 February and will kick off Fairtrade Fortnight which runs until Sunday 12 March. West Lothian’s Fairtrade town and village groups, including here in Bathgate, are all joining forces with the rest of the country to help ensure a fair deal for disadvantaged farming communities by holding a number of events across the county. For more information about the campaign and how to get involved, visit: www.westlothian.gov.uk/fairtrade or www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight

Calling all Bathgate businesses and entrepreneurs:
Could you be a new Board Member of Visit West Lothian?

Visit West Lothian, West Lothian’s destination promotion organisation, is seeking new Board Directors during an exciting new phase at the company. Established in 2008, Visit West Lothian is committed to promoting the tourism offer in West Lothian and acting as collaborator within the sector.

In order for you to be successfully appointed as one of our Board Directors you will need the passion, commitment, drive and presence to contribute to promoting West Lothian effectively and encouraging partnership working across the sector.

West Lothian’s tourism sector has seen impressive growth over the past eight years.   During this time the economic impact of its visitor industry has seen an increase of 18%, retail footfall has bucked national trends reporting impressive growth and visitor numbers to West Lothian’s top paid attractions have risen by an impressive 42%.  West Lothian has also experienced notable expansion in its smaller accommodation sector and has seen increased investment in the area’s retail and attraction assets. With a central location, strong transport links, close proximity to the 2 major cities and Edinburgh Airport, West Lothian has a huge opportunity to embed tourism as a major economic driver in the area.

We are looking for West Lothian based tourism related operators or practitioners who would like to contribute to raising the profile of West Lothian, helping to deliver Visit West Lothian’s Strategic Action Plan 2016-20. Excellent communication, networking and relationship-building skills are important strengths to bring to the role as well as diplomacy and a good understanding of your field of expertise. We are particularly interested in new Board Directors from the hotel, conference and digital marketing sector and those who have experience in membership growth, finance or commercialising organisations.

As a proactive Board Director you will have the opportunity to make a real difference to West Lothian’s future. For further details, please contact Anna Young, on Tel.  01506 283093/07825 979218 (Tuesday – Thursday) or submit your CV, background information and a covering letter to anna.young@westlothian.gov.uk by 12 midday on Tuesday 7th February 2017.

St Mary’s Primary £800k extension given the green light

Plans to improve and develop St Mary’s Primary School in Bathgate have been approved.

West Lothian Council plan to refurbish and extend the school hall, which will extend the capacity and function of the existing space as well as provide new changing rooms and storage within the existing building. The project also seeks to improve the accessibility and quality of the main public entrance and reception area.The council plan to invest approximately £800,000 in the project and will be led by West Lothian Council.The school currently has a single hall which is used for both PE and dining and, whilst it serves its purpose, the council feel the school and pupils would benefit from a number of improvements.


For further information: https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/article/12551/St-Marys-Primary-800k-extension-given-the-green-light

West Lothian College launches county-wide consultation

West Lothian College LogoWest Lothian College has launched a West Lothian-wide consultation on its vision, aims, values, outcomes and targets. The college is encouraging businesses, employers, partner organisations, individuals, groups, students and its own staff to take part. More information and the survey is available on the College’s website.


http://www.west-lothian.ac.uk/article/388

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Business Plan

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Premises Improvement Scheme

Enterprising Bathgate has already awarded more than 500 grants totalling in excess of £300,000 under this scheme. To find out more about eligibility, scope and level of grants available
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Introducing Enterprising Bathgate : Scotland’s first Business Improvement District

In March 2008 Enterprising Bathgate became Scotland’s first Business Improvement District (BID).

Over the past decade, the popularity of BIDs in the UK has grown at a phenomenal rate, with over 135 established BIDs in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There are currently 36 operational BIDs in Scotland, with more current development BIDs in the pipeline. This proves that BIDs really can and do work (particularly through a recession and challenging conditions) as a tool for providing the trading environment, which businesses want for themselves, their staff, customers and clients.

We have a number of video presentations which give an excellent overview of the stages of development of Enterprising Bathgate and BIDs in general.  VIEW VIDEOS

Child Healthy Lifestyle Programme

A collaborative project between Enterprising Bathgate, Xcite Leisure and St Marys and Balbardie primary schools.

St Mary's Bathgate Enterprising Bathgate/ Xcite Bathgate initiative to get school kids more active. Kids from Balbardie and St Mary’s Primary Schools get extra gym time with Xcite instructors Theresa Penrice and Robyn Hewat.

Initially aimed at primary 3 and 4 pupils in each of

schools during, the coaches from Xcite deliver a fun approach to a healthy lifestyle, which is hoped will encourage the pupils to take into later life : another good example of local businesses engaging with the local community with the support of Enterprising Bathgate.

Enterprising Bathgate already engages with the local community through our sponsorship of annual events such as Newlands Day and the Bathgate Music Festival in September, together with financial support for our local radio station, Regal Radio and Bathgate Thistle Community Football Club.

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Town Centre Business Guide

Your direct route to some of the best products and services in the Bathgate BID area.
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Bathgate In Bloom

11 years old this year, Bathgate In Bloom continues to provide Bathgate Town Centre with colourful displays of hanging baskets and flower beds.

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Free WiFi @ Bathgate Partnership Centre

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Bathgate Partnership Centre, along with nine other key buildings at the heart of our communities across West Lothian (including Boghall Community Wing) now have free WiFi. West Lothian Council has worked in partnership with community centre management committees to provide free WiFi for local residents in council-owned locations such as partnership centres, community centres and libraries.

To sign in, local residents must first set-up a secure personal log-in using a new scheme called myaccount, which creates a single account which can be used to access a range of Scottish public services online. West Lothian is the first to pilot myaccount this way, working jointly with the Improvement Service. It’s easy to join myaccount and your log-in can then be used at any of the ten locations in West Lothian and across Scotland in the future.

To register for myaccount, please visit mygovscot login and follow the instructions to register. You will then be emailed with your sign-in details, and can log-in using the username and password provided at any of the locations above. You will be directed to the mygovscot website when you access the public WiFi at any of these designated centres for the first time.

Our partners

Enterprising Bathgate works in Partnership with West Lothian Council and Business Gateway.

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BIDs Scotland
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