ALLOA FIRST have outlined some of their key priorities for 2024 as they look to the new year.

In their monthly newsletter, the BID, which was voted in for another term in October last year, confirmed the areas they are looking to improve on.

These areas have been identified as key to helping current businesses flourish, while also serving to attract new businesses to Alloa’s town centre.

A main priority of the Alloa First BID this year is the establishment of a support grant initiative for businesses to take advantage of, alongside the cleaning of vacant properties for hire.

Their monthly newsletter read: “Our key priorities this year is to look at introducing an Alloa First support grant scheme and we are working on the details of this as we speak.

“We’ll bring you more news about this in the next few months.

“We’re also investigating how we can work with landlords to tidy, clean and improve the appearance of vacant properties and attract new businesses to locate the town centre.

“Discussions have started as to how best market the town centre to encourage our local and wider community to use our local facilities and plans are being made for a programme of events to encourage people to visit throughout the year.”

As reported by the Advertiser last October, the Alloa First BID was renewed for a fourth consecutive term, ensuring the project remains until 2028.

Since being introduced in 2008, the BID has undertaken several responsibilities in Alloa, including, but not limited to, improving the town’s CCTV network and handling festive displays at Christmas.

Alloa First also launched their 2023-2028 Business Plan, which outlines their plans for the current term.

The newsletter continued: “Our team is dedicated to continuously improving projects and services to meet your needs better.

“We appreciate your continued support throughout the years and look forward to working with you in future.

“As always, we would urge you to get in touch should you have any suggestions or ideas on how to make Alloa town centre a better place to work, shop and visit.”