We will be launching a customer loyalty scheme in July for those whose use the BID Area regularly for goods and services.
For all the details watch out for our facebook promotion and visit us at facebook.com/carlukebid
Join us on SATURDAY 15th APRIL 1pm-4pm at Rankin Gait (bottom of the High St) for our free Easter event.
Crafting and more
All free courtesy of our fantastic Carluke BID Businesses and Organisations.
If you haven't found all your eggs yet, don't forget the Easter Egg Hunt competition closes at 1pm on Saturday. Get your entry form here. Once you've hunted down all the eggs, hand in your completed form at Clark's The Bakers on High St by 1pm on 15th.
Here are a few photos from our Cool Carluke event in September which included an exhibition on the Travelling Gallery, displays by local artists, a specially commissioned painting by Telmo Bento, walking routes and more.
Here is some of the feedback we received:
The art on Brooks building has brought an interest in our town. People are talking again. You have proved, despite resistance, we can have a better Carluke.
Brooks’ Building art panels are still looking good although it would have been nice to see all the panels depicting Carluke scenes.
Saw these the other day - great way to brighten things up, thank you
Lovely idea x
Certainly brightens that corner of Carluke up
Great idea. Looks great.
The Travelling Gallery was very interesting and the guides added greatly to the experience.
I loved the Travelling Gallery. If we don't expose people, particularly young folk, to art like this how will they ever learn to raise their gaze beyond the graffiti and litter. I found it really exciting especially when I heard it had been to the schools.
The Pink Pig proved a great hit with everyone. I saw many children being photographed with him and everyone who saw him came away with a smile on their face.
The Café Culture benefited from the pleasant weekend weather. Gregg's the baker’s staff said at the end of Saturday trading that they had been run off their feet.
The props again brought smiles to faces.
I enjoyed the resin pig, the cow and the boards in the High Street.
Some of the outdoor exhibits were a good idea but the jelly feet which were only being installed well into Friday afternoon needed someone there to explain the significance and what it was all about. To leave it unattended was asking for the result. It was very short-lived as jelly lying on the ground invites jumping on!
I liked the windmill but sadly by the time I got down on Saturday afternoon one of its sails had been broken off. I missed the jelly feet but the panels on Brooks building make a huge improvement.
The Wayfaring Boards have us at a loss. What were they?
If they were the Q reader signs on the lampposts, there was nothing to tell anyone they were there. The ones which we discovered were a great idea but more publicity to show their existence was needed.
The Art Wall was a good idea but perhaps needed artists to help create larger pieces. The young artist who came in at short notice was seen still working at 5.45pm. He needs praise for his efforts.
The art wall for children was a good idea and of course I loved Telmo's work. He has a huge talent and it was interesting to watch him in action as well as seeing his finished work.
Telmo Bento’s work and exhibition were good. Again the pleasant weather encouraged the outdoor work in the High Street but again his exhibition in Ramon’s studio needed signage. Many did not know it was there.
Acoustic Shire - Telmo Bento is an outstanding artist
The display in Brooks’ window by Carluke Parish Historical Society on Carluke Sculptors was seen by many and Mr Brooks kept it in for a week but lack of publicity was evident.
The display on the sculptors was interesting and well done.
The Walkable Carluke was great idea. The free pedometers will hopefully be used by those who received them. Again the question of signage and publicity comes to the fore.
….this was an excellent start to a completely different town centre event. There were many exciting and new ideas. Perhaps there were too many at once as the organisation must have been rather much for such a small team (one man?).
Altogether it was a very welcome addition to Carluke life. It should have been a good base to build on. I do hope the momentum doesn't just evaporate. Thanks again for all your efforts.
The problem all along was that the event wasn't properly advertised ...my partner had no idea it was even happening until I took my pedometer home and he asked me where I got it!
My experience of the local perception is that very few locals in Carluke feel they have any need to visit the High Street. When we moved our office from Hamilton Street to the High Street I regularly said to prospective clients “have you seen our new office” and I was amazed by the amount of people in Carluke who admitted that they simply go to work (usually out with the town), go to Tesco and then go home.
I lived in Carluke ….as a small child before moving to Biggar when I was sixteen. I have been in that area ever since and I am glad to say Biggar High street is probably the envy of many towns across Scotland. I have asked myself many times what makes that High Street so popular with locals and visitors compared with the High streets of many other nearby towns?
Cool Carluke aka the Carluke Festival of Contemporary Art will bring the Edinburgh Travelling Gallery, which will be in town 13th-17th September, along with lots of other art displays! There will be Binary Art and temporary reusable sculptures, an outdoor art studio (Art2) showcasing exhibitions, demonstrations and classes based around Rankin Gait. There will be a guest 'plenary' artist and 10 more commissioned artists, plus local art societies and anyone who wants to show their work. We are also hoping to have 4 new window designs for shops in the town launched during the festival, and we are working with a top Visual Design and Merchandising consultant on this project. Join us in the town centre on the 16th & 17th September from 11am-5pm for art displays, walking tours and much more.
Please follow along on Facebook before, during and after the event for updates, photos, and videos of the festivities!
Carluke BID is producing a week of urban experimentation, outdoor rooms, art in public places, screenings and exhibitions on 13th-18th September 2016.
As part of Walkable Carluke, Carluke BID will create six to eight potential small urban spaces as outdoor rooms and pocket parks and street-side places to sit, using benches, deck chairs, bales of hay, astro-turf, sofas, coffee carts and more. These spaces will then be connected by one or more visual devices to encourage people to walk between them, for example obelisks, footprints or even balls of coloured wool and pied pipers! We hope local people and visitors will see the town centre in a new light.Come and wander about, meet your friends, have a coffee and lounge about for the day!
View the press release for the event here.
Carluke BID has commissioned two tranches of CCTV installations into 9 Carluke shops. These are for High Definition cameras with HD recorders and monitors.
The aim is to catch vandals on video and thus to deter antisocial behaviour, criminal damage, vandalism and graffiti.
The systems will be installed from this coming Monday. Contractors will be contacting the shopkeepers direct.
If the project is successful in reducing vandalism, then the option remains to expand it moving forward where dark spots in the town require surveillance.
The rain didn't dampen our spirits at the Easter Fun Day on Saturday 26th March! We have rides for the kids, Easter egg painting, arts and crafts and a competition by Lightbabies involving Carluke's local businesses giving prizes to the winners. Look out for more events in Carluke in the near future.
We had over 300 entries for a giveaway to celebrate Chinese New Year. Three meal vouchers were given away to the excellent Chinese Cuisine in Carluke. We've found this was a great way to get people involved and excited about local businesses online. With this in mind, we've got another prize coming up for Mother's Day from Optimo Hair Salon.
We recently ran a competition on Facebook for a makeover for Valentine's weekend with prizes including hair styling from Hair Chair, makeup by ARK Make Up Artistry, a top from Devine Dreams Boutique and flowers from Moody Cows Florist. There were over 250 entries on Facebook and had over 6000 impressions. A great way to promote local businesses! Congratulations to Sheona, our gracious winner (pictured above).
This year we decided to run a Christmas window display competition on Facebook and open it up to the public to vote for their favourite. After taking photos of the great displays in the town and putting them online, the public chose Serenity as the winner! We hope to run the competition again next year and encourage some elaborate festive displays in the town.
Clarks the Bakers were good enough to provide a Christmas hamper for us to give away on social media which received hundreds of entries and was seen by over 10,000 people.
And here's a video of Santa practicing in Carluke before Christmas! This video received an amazing 30,000 views on Facebook.
In January we shall be launching a Property Improvement Grant Scheme to boost the appearance of the town centre. This scheme makes grants of up to £1000 available to upgrade business premises. It covers things such as shopfronts, signage, lighting, replacement shutters and internal shop layout. Businesses should submit applications now so that grants can be approved in early January. Click to view and download the application form and guidance notes. If you have any queries, please contact us.
“This is a major initiative for Carluke BID, and it will help bring the town centre environment up to scratch. The programme will roll out over the Spring and Summer months. We all want our town centre to look its best and attract more people once again.” - Brian Clark, BID Chairman
See the full Improvement Grants press release.
The Carluke BID painters are in working away on many BID shop fronts to improve and freshen up the look of the town. Here they are ready to start working their way up the High Street. This is one of many initiatives going on in the town to improve it for businesses and shoppers.
Thank you to Brian Clark at Clarks the Bakers for making this gorgeous Carluke BID cake! Give them a visit for your own custom cake, which can be made using an image you send that is printed on edible paper.