What the BID Delivered in 2018
2018 was a busy year for Dún Laoghaire Town BID on a number of fronts.
– BID Renewal Presentation To the DLR County Council
BID Director Eoin Costello presented the BID Renewal to the DLR CoCo Dún Laoghaire Area Committee, highlighting BID initiatives such as Love Dún laoghaire and the Dún Laoghaire Historic Map, as well as addressing key areas for future growth and rejuvenation of Dún Laoghaire town.
– Pre-budget Submission
Our Pre-budget Submission to DLR County Councillors outlined how to enable Dún Laoghaire Town to deliver its full business potential.
- A main street offering the best experience.
- Innovative business supports and the best work space choices.
- Premium events taking place in the town.
- A focus on creativity, digital and technology.
– Public Consultation on the BID Renewal Proposal
With the competition from a revitalised Blackrock retail offering, large planning permission for Stillorgan & Carrickmines and a major town centre planned for Cherrywood, it has never been more important that Dun Laoghaire Town build on its strengths to differentiate itself and grow visitor numbers to the businesses in our town. We can do this by continuing to improve our retail offering, increasing footfall through growing the number of high quality events, and finally, by projecting Dun Laoghaire town as a great place to work, spend time and shop.
– Dublin Bus Consultation
The BID raised concerns about the proposed Bus Connect changes for Dún Laoghaire based on the Bus Connect public consultation, and sent our submission to be reviewed. Points raised include:
- Changes in bus routes for residents of Honey Park and Cualanor.
- Blackrock being chosen as the link between the DART and Pottery Road workers.
- Increase in bus traffic on St. Georges Street.
– Submission on Local Property Tax
The current system for LPT is due for a full review in 2019. Accordingly, we wrote on behalf of the businesses of Dún Laoghaire Town urging that the LPT rates remain unchanged at their current level.
– BID Renewal Document
Our vision for Dún Laoghaire Town over the next 5 years include 4 key components:
- Placemaking – Appearance and appeal
- More business for traditional companies
- Great place to work and spend time
- Stronger as a community
– Launch of the Historic Dún Laoghaire Walking Tour Map
The BID recently produced a Historic Dún Laoghaire Walking Tour map featuring over 28 historic points of interest across the town; from the 1804 James Joyce Tower & Museum at Sandycove Point to the 1919 Oratory of the Sacred Heart on Library Road:
– Christmas Lights Extended to York Road
For the first time ever, Dún Laoghaire’s 2018 Christmas Lights extend down Lower George’s Street as far as York Road, making it the biggest Christmas light display Dún Laoghaire Town has ever seen!
The BID company manages a co-working space known as PierConnect, situated above the Bank of Ireland on George’s Street Upper, all the profits from which are reinvested into BID projects.
– B2B Networking Coffee Mornings
The Dún Laoghaire Town BID B2B Coffee Mornings have created an excellent networking opportunity for business owners in the town.
Our October B2B Coffee Morning was a fantastic event, hosted by the Bailey and Pim café, with over 30 businesses in attendance. Guest speakers at the event included Cllr. Cormac Devlin, Gillian Hoey from Bank of Ireland and Gerard Corcoran from Huawei.
This was followed by our very successful December B2B Coffee Morning, at the Royal Marine Hotel, with guest speakers including Owen Laverty, Head of Enterprise at DLR CoCo, Cllr. Patricia Stewart and Wessel Badenhorst from Urban Mode Ltd.