Pioneering projects reach national award shortlist

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis An anti-bullying network for schoolchildren and parents, a health-monitoring device for remote communities, and an advice portal for small businesses are among the projects short-listed for a national award for their innovative use of technology.PIONEERING PROJECTS REACH NATIONAL AWARD SHORTLISTThese are some of the 100+ projects entered by local authorities, businessesand voluntary sector organisations for the eWell-Being Awards – developed bySustainIT and supported by BT – the UK’s first accolade to identify andpromote the environmental, economic and social benefits of Information andCommunication Technologies (ICT). Advertisement Pioneering projects reach national award shortlist In the digital inclusion category, sponsored by BT, four groundbreakinginitiatives from voluntary organisations were short-listed. Each provides an inspirational service to disadvantaged groups who usually have little access to IT. The projects are an empowering IT skills project for Scotland’s elderly run by Age Concern Edinburgh; a national online anti-bullying resource for parents, pupils andschools from charity Bullying Online; a network of inclusive IT facilities for Wiltshire’s disabled community from charity SCAMP; and an Internet access project for socially excluded young people from charity YouthNet UK.Winning projects will be announced at an awards ceremony in London’s Living Room at City Hall, the home of the London Mayor and London Assembly, on Tuesday 10 June 2003. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Tagged with: Awards Digital Technology  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 14 May 2003 | Newslast_img read more

Strabane may become a Business Improvement District

first_img Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project By admin – March 8, 2016 Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary Catherine Collins, Business Improvement District (BID) Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council explained that through BID, businesses in Strabane will be able to tackle specific local issues and work collectively to enhance business opportunities and attract more visitors and shoppers to our town. It will put businesses in the driving seat to make real positive change. Strabane may become a Business Improvement District Ballot papers are being distributed in mid-March with the postal ballot scheduled to close on Thursday, April 21. The vote will be counted and announced on 22nd April. Local businesses across the town are being encouraged to give BID their support and help make real change for Strabane. If the vote is carried by a simple majority (50% or more) of both the number of properties and the rateable value, a yes vote will be declared and the BID will become operational. In the event of a yes vote, all eligible businesses in the BID area must pay the levy, however they voted in the ballot and even if they choose not to vote. Council statement in full -Business Plan to support Strabane BID project The Deputy Mayor of Derry and Strabane District Council, Alderman Thomas Kerrigan is calling on businesses across the Strabane area to sign up to the Business Improvement District Plan saying it will bring real and lasting benefits for the town. Speaking at the official launch of the BID Business Plan, the Deputy Mayor said BID was a unique opportunity for the local business community to take a proactive role in deciding the development and economic potential of Strabane. Facebook “Derry City and Strabane District Council’s business team have been out and about visiting businesses across the town encouraging them to sign up to BID which will enhance the town’s business development opportunities and help create real economic growth before they go to a ballot on 22 April.” Launching the Business Plan, the Deputy Mayor said it sets out what BID will do, how much it will cost to run and what area it covers and will ultimately improve trading and footfall in Strabane and enable independent action for tangible improvement projects selected by the traders. Local businessman Liam Stewart of LGS Building Solutions and Chair of Strabane BID Task Group says he is confident businesses in Strabane will avail of the opportunity to be part of the scheme and will vote in favour in April. Twitter “I firmly believe that if we can secure a  ‘Yes’ vote the BID will provide real and lasting benefits for the Strabane business community. It will enable traders to work alongside one another with the support of the Council to self-manage and self-fund a series of improvement projects that will enhance the local area and benefit the community.” ************** “If voted through, BID will be financed and led by the business community. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for local businesses to come together and invest in improvements for the benefit of Strabane town centre. BID members will be encouraged to work together, to share ideas and get support from one other to develop an enhanced business model for Strabane.” “As a local businessman myself I am very much aware of the difficulties faced by small businesses. We are working in a difficult economic climate and with that in mind it is imperative that we look at innovative ways of  improving our offering and making ourselves more competitive and productive so we can create a vibrant and thriving town. She says that she is confident BID will bring the town to the fore as a thriving and vibrant destination for local people and visitors alike and also put Strabane in a positive position to actively promote the town as a great place to enjoy and do business in whilst improving trading and footfall in the town now and well into the future. WhatsApp Businesses looking for more information about BID are urged to contact Catherine Collins – [email protected] or  [email protected] More information on the project is also available at  www.bidinstrabane.com He said: “Strabane’s BID is part of the town’s Business Plan and is the result of months of consultation between Strabane District Council and the Strabane business community to clearly outline what businesses in the town have prioritised in terms of the projects and initiatives they would like to see, should they decide to proceed with a Business Improvement District. Local businesses and traders are being met and spoken to about the scheme in an effort to encourage as many as possible to sign up to the scheme and reap the benefits for the long term future of the town. Google+ LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Google+ Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Businesses in the Strabane area are being urged to support a plan to have the area developed as a “Business Improvement District”, with claims that it would bring real and lasting benefits for the town.Derry and Strabane District Council says the plan is the result of months of consultation between council and the business community to clearly outline what businesses in the town have prioritised in terms of the projects and initiatives they would like to see.Businesses will be ballotted on April 22nd.In the event of a yes vote, all eligible businesses in the BID area must pay a levy, however they voted in the ballot. 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