Welcome to BIDs Scotland

Business Improvement Districts Scotland is the national organisation for BIDs in Scotland, providing support, advice and encouragement to business groups, communities and local authorities considering and developing a business improvement district.

We are now looking for The Next Generation of BIDs in Scotland so if you are a local business association, community group or local authority with ambitions for your town, city, business park, tourism area or food and drink group and want to see change and improvement then either give us a ring or drop us an email for an informal chat. If you need to find out more about BIDs in Scotland click on our You Tube link here where you will find lots of videos of people talking about BIDs and a representative selection of videos showing the work of the local BIDs.

By working together in a strong local partnership businesses can reduce costs, share risks and create new platforms for growth, contributing to the wider regeneration aspirations of the local community.

Strong local partnerships with sustainable finance, staff and an agreed plan deliver lasting positive change. 

Development grant funding of up to £20,000 is available to assist with the development of your local BID click here for further details.

We are more than happy to have an informal conversation about how the business improvement district model can help you, just get in touch!


Best wishes


Ian Davison Porter


Telephone - 0131 629 0065

Email - ian.davisonporter@bids-scotland.com


For matters relating to Marketing, Communications, Social Media and Administration please contact Alison MacKenzie Jones at alison@bids-scotland.com

Employment Opportunities with BIDs in Scotland

Embrace Elgin: Event Co-ordinator (Tender for Contract)

Embrace Elgin's events programme brings thousands of people into the city centre each year, to help us organise it they are seeking a sub-contractor or freelance individual to tender to contract for services to provide coordination for 3 event days per year.

To be eligible to tender for all 3 events the successful individual must first tender to assist with and help coordinate the final stages of the :-
• Christmas Light Switch On Event 2016 (26th November)

2017 Event Days
• Food & Drink Festival – August 2017
• Christmas Light Switch On – November 2017
• Fundraising Event – To Promote City Centre Businesses

A full job description and details of how to apply can be downloaded here.
Closing Date for submissions – FRIDAY 28th October 2016
Interviews will be conducted on MONDAY 7th NOVEMBER 2016


BIDs Scotland is happy to advertise employment opportunities or situations wanted to BIDs, town, city, place management and urban regeneration roles free of charge and these will be circulated to our members. Please email Alison MacKenzie Jones at alison@bids-scotland.com

Each recruitment advertisement will be circulated via a BIDS eflyer to all members highlighting your vacancy. The eflyers will also be linked to the BIDS websites where additional job details and requirements can be made available for download. All listings, amendments and eflyers are free of charge.

Helping to Build Stronger Communities in Scotland

Many of the business improvement districts now in operation are not only working with their local businesses, but also working with local groups, community councils and other local interest groups to bring about improvement through collective effort, reducing duplication and improving delivery at a local level, bringing about positive change.

Read the National Review of BIDs in Scotland to find out what a business improvement district can deliver for local businesses and the community, or learn about different types of partnership working.