Fitz Scientific started life, in 1998, as a small laboratory behind Gleeson's pub on Narrow West Street. 20 years on it has grown to become one of Ireland and the UK's leading analytical testing and monitoring company, employing 45 people with labs in Drogheda and Dublin.
Geoff Fitzpatrick says, "We want to see more investment and focus on the development of Drogheda's small and medium sized enterprises. Drogheda's Entrepreneurs need a ball and a yard of grass. They need space, investment and support. I have serious concerns regarding the structure and management of Louth’s enterprise development and with a BID I believe we can change this."
"For Drogheda's economy to develop we need to invest in resources to get some of the 6,000 workers that leave Drogheda each day to work in Dublin, to set up and work in our city."
"Drogheda is a beautiful place to live, work and relax in – it’s time has come to prosper. We fully support Drogheda's BID proposal."
A working group of Drogheda rate payers have submitted a Business Improvement District (BID) proposal to Louth County Council. If the proposal is successful LOVEDROGHEDA will become a force to make Drogheda a great place to work, live and socialise. It will represent over 1,550 Drogheda rate payers, working in collaboration with Drogheda’s business community, Louth County Council and voluntary organisations.
There is a renewed optimism and confidence in the Drogheda business community, Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2018 demonstrated how our people and Council can come together and create a very special moment in time for our City.
In Ireland Business Improvement Districts are legislated for by the Local Government (Business Improvement Districts) Act 2006. This Act facilitates the setting up of BID by BID proposers in an area. It also sets out the obligations and requirements of the rating authority to facilitate the proposal, time requirements and the setting up of a plebiscite.
It is proposed to charge a BID levy of 3.5% on the total rate applied to each rateable property in the BID area. Based on the rateable properties listing provided by Louth County Council, 49.2% of businesses in Drogheda will pay an annual BID levy of less than E100. 82.5% of businesses will pay a BID levy of less than E300. Further details on the BID levy can be found in the LOVEDROGHEDA BID proposal document.
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