Welcome to BID4Oban

The Company BID4Oban Limited

Formed in November 2012

This came about as a result of a resounding YES from Oban's business community to support joining forces to create Britain's first Whole Town Business Improvement District.

A minimum of £840,000 will be invested into the trading environment during BID's tenure allowing businesses to invest collectively for the first time in their town's future.

BID4OBAN Ltd was formed as a not-for-profit limited company to deliver BID4OBAN's objectives.

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As it enters its final year in the run-up to the 2017 re-appointment ballot, BID4Oban has turned to an old hand in Graeme Bass to guide its activities through this exciting period. Graeme was previously Chair in 2015, when serious illness forced him to stand down. 

The change comes because Andy Spence – who has been deeply involved in and committed to the BID company since its inception almost six years ago – has been compelled by ever-increasing business commitments to step aside from the position of Chair.  

Mr. Spence said “I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to contribute for so long to what has become a vital partner for the business community in Oban, and am delighted to be leaving the BID in such a strong position.  Speaking as a business operator in the town, I can say with some assurance that Oban is much stronger with its BID than it would have been without – and I am very pleased that Graeme has agreed to resume the responsibilities of Chair in the run-up to the re-appointment ballot”

Graeme, of Clark Thomson Insurance Brokers  – who will be joined by Tony Cave, of Craigard Decor, as Vice Chair – commented that “the BID company benefited hugely from Andy stepping into the Chairman’s role following my illness last year.  He has put in place many of the building blocks that will be needed to secure a strong future for the town and the Company, and I’d like to thank both Andy and David McGregor (who is stepping aside as Vice Chair) for their passionate commitment to the BID’s success”.

Graeme Bass has run Clark Thomson’s brokerage operation in Oban for the last four years, and has been actively involved in the BID since he came to town.  Tony Cave – who will succeed Graeme as Chair following a successful re-appointment ballot  – runs the thriving Craigard Decor business, and has held a number of key voluntary roles since arriving in Oban in 1992.

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BID4Oban Newsletters

January 2016

Festive Newsletter 2015

June 2015 September 2015 October 2015 November 2015

February Newsletter 2015 March Newsletter 2015 May 2015

Festive Newsletter 2014 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 May 2014 March 2014 January 2014 

December 2013 November 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013

Issue No 1 February 2013

Love Oban  

Love Oban brings you all the latest Promotions and Events from Oban businesses.

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Events in 2015

Reindeer Parade and Christmas Lights Switch 21st November

Winter Festival 20 - 29th November

Fireworks Display on 5th November 

Love Oban Children's Halloween Party 31st October

Royal National Mod 9th - 17th October

Motor-Fest Classic Car Motor Show 20th September

Camanachd Cup Final 19th September

Argyllshire Gathering / Oban Games Thursday 27th August 

Craggy Island Triathalon  Saturday 22nd August

MacAulay Shinty Cup Final   Saturday 22nd August

Skerryvore Decade Saturday 30th May

Events in 2016

World Host Training Day in conjunction with Business Gateway 20th January

Caledonian Sleeper Business Breakfast 12th February 

Pension Wise with Claudia Albrecht 23rd March

School Easter Egg Competition 

Cyber Crime Presentation 27th April

Highland and Islands Dance Festival 29th April - 1st May

Tidy Town 8th May

Oban Live 13th & 14th May

Bin Blitz 4th June

Charities Day and Street Party 11th June

Oban Sea Kayak 27th August 

Motor-Fest Classic Car Motor Show 18th September

Oban Sportive 1st October

Love Oban Children's Halloween Party 31st October

Fireworks Display on 5th November 

Reindeer Parade and Christmas Lights Switch On 19th November

Winter Festival 19th November to 27th November

Hogmanay Fireworks 31st December