Mike Vickers' Blog

September 12, 2010

The LBA – where we go from here

Filed under: Linlithgow Business Association — derryvickers @ 9:23 am

If the LBA is to continue it needs to engage its members and preferably engage them so much that they will want to participate in its activities.

Below I have sketched out a Mind Map of what I see we do and what are our strengths and weaknesses:  Green for Strengths and Red for Weaknesses.  Orange of course is our Opportunities.

Priorities are as I see them.  

I welcome your comments  on what you expect from the LBA.  Please take a few minutes NOW to let us know.

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2 Comments »

  1. There are some things that the LBA does very well and you have highlighted them in the chart. In particular the events go down well although again it does seem to be a hard core of individuals that turn up (i.e the Active members). The bottom line for any club / group / organisation is that the member needs to gain a benefit (i.e. what’s in it for me ?). Now it is great that events are organised and this does provide a focal point for people but in some ways any group could organise these. BUT what are the real tangible benefits (does it have power to influence local authorities ? / Can it gain group benefits ? / Does it help to promote a business ?).

    I’m afraid I can’t offer the magic answer but I stil feel that the town in general has too many smaller groups all going in slightly different directions; each having minimal impact and overall having the necessary “power” (I use this word carefully) to change.

    Comment by Angus Kerr — September 12, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

    • Thanks Angus for your comments.
      I would be grateful for your thoughts on what could the LBA do for you and yours.
      I agree that there are many groups in Linlithgow and the more successful are those that are appeal to the emotion rather than to the development of the town. You may recall that Alan Caldwell made this point at the recent presentation under the auspices of the Town Centre Management group. I cannot see these groups willing giving up their own agendas but I had hoped that Linlithgow Aspires would act as an overarching / umbrella group where all could come together. Unfortunately there is currently no one prepared to pick up the mantle and take it forward.

      Comment by derryvickers — September 12, 2010 @ 4:03 pm


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