Building on town’s regeneration

Members of KALBA in Kirrie Square.
Members of KALBA in Kirrie Square.

Local businesses in Kirriemuir have joined together to form a united front in their attempts to promote the town and all it has to offer.

They were spurred in to action following major regeneration work in the town centre which affected footfall, and to attract new custom to the new look town.

A spokesperson for the group said: “Kirriemuir town centre has been undergoing extensive regeneration works over the past two years.

“Although the improvements are welcomed for the future of our town it has meant road closures making it difficult to park and get into the town centre for local drivers and visitors. Several businesses have been hidden behind scaffolding or temporary ramps making it difficult to see if they are open. This upheaval has contributed to a general downturn in footfall and trade in the town centre. There are over 90 businesses in the town centre alone, not including the Glens and home businesses.

“Shopping locally provides great choice from many independent shops and outlets. The local economy also depends on people shopping locally in order to sustain employment for many local families. Our aim is not just to help the town centre of Kirriemuir survive, but to thrive.”

In order to celebrate and attract more visitors, business owners have formed the Kirriemuir and Local Business Association (KALBA). It aims to create a better shopping experience for local people and visitors and has been set up to be proactive in promoting Kirriemuir and local business in the area. This will start with the launch of a new media platform giving businesses a higher profile online in an informative and interactive way to engage and encourage commerce. It will also allow business owners to send out information via Facebook and Twitter, - maximising the amount of people they can reach.

The landing page has the unique business listings and contact details to explore individuals in more depth. KALBA will hold networking events and informal meetings to encourage interaction and goodwill within the business community and welcome new members - contact or for more information and to get involved.