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.

BIDs Scotland is hosting its Annual Gathering on 28th March 2017 at Perth Consert Hall: People - Place - Business: Business Improvement Districts - the key to economic growth. From economists, to government figures, to those at the coalface and our international friends, this year’s BIDs Scotland Gathering will illustrate the impact, diversity and potential of Business Improvement Districts for towns, cities, sectors and infrastructure but fundamentally for Scotland’s economy and Scotland’s people. For more information and the full programme click here, and to register your place book now via Eventbrite. 

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

Aberdeen Inspired BID: Job Description

Job Title: Evening and Night Time Economy Manager 

Aberdeen Inspired, the management company for Aberdeen’s City Centre Business Improvement District, is seeking to recruit an outgoing and dynamic individual for the role of Evening and Night Time Economy Manager.  This is a unique opportunity and will be the first role of its kind nationally. They will lead on the city centre’s annual Purple Flag accreditation process, and act as the voice of business for the evening and night time sectors, to boost customer footfall, dwell time and spend.

The successful candidate will need:

  • -Self-motivation, with a passion to succeed
    -Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    -Project management and marketing experience
    -Experience in working within a multi-agency environment
    -Flexibility as some of the role would entail evening or weekend working
    -Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines

Renumeration: £35,000 per annum, dependant on experience 
Hours per week: 35 hours per week, 3 year contract. 

Applications by way of a CV and short covering letter to Ms Viki Menzies, Office Manager, Aberdeen Inspired, 32 Upperkirkgate, Aberdeen, AB10 1BA.

Closing date: Friday 7th April, 5pm


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.