Previous Events

All previous events

To access previous event presentations and documents please visit the BIDS Member Resources section. 

March 2015

The Aberdeenshire Towns Conference took place on 18th March 2015 at the Palace Hotel, Peterhead. Organised by Aberdeenshire Council and Business Improvement Districts Scotland, the conference saw town centre business representatives come together and discuss the successes and challenges they face in Aberdeenshire.

Click here for more information, including presentations and delegate list.

The BIDs Scotland Gathering 2015 took place on the 3rd March at Perth Concert Hall and saw over 200 industry leaders from across, business, tourism, towns, communities and national and local government come together to celebrate the growing movement of Business Improvement Districts in Scotland and around the world.

Read more about the BIDs Scotland Gathering 2015.

February 2014

Speaking ahead of the BIDs Scotland Annual Gathering Minister for Local Government and Planning, Derek Mackay encouraged BIDs in Scotland to be different, adventurous and more innovative. The Minister addressed attendees of the Gathering championing BIDs to unlock their potential, expand their numbers more quickly and act more strongly as advocates for their community.

BIDs Scotland hosted over 100 practitioners and BID leaders in Perth, bringing together those who have an interest or responsibility to contribute to changing place and using the BIDs mechanism to achieve economic and social development.

Click here for the BIDs Scotland Annual Gathering Storify, including presentations from the day, useful links and participants list.

November 2013

The highlight of Scotland's Towns Week, the annual Scotland's Towns Conference, is the gathering for everyone with an interest in Scotland's towns and high streets.

Scotland's Towns Conference 2014 addressed the six key themes identified by the Town Centre Action Plan.  Held in Inverness, the event saw around 150 practioners gather to learn, network and share.

For more information click here.

November 2012

The highlight of Scotland's Towns Week, the annual Scotland's Towns Conference, is the gathering for everyone with an interest in Scotland's towns and high streets.

How do we make a cultural change in understanding what the high street could be. This is about towns beyond just retail. We need a 'framework for mess' - a model which allows different people the freedom to do things.

It is essential that we create the conditions for locally driven solutions and that we recognise, and positively encourage, different solutions in different town centres.

For more information click here

 November - 2011

 16 November 2011, Dunfermline Glen Pavillion

 

Scotland's Towns Conference 2011

 

Final Conference Programme

Presentations

1035 Cllr Tony Marting & George Pye
1200 Wendy Reid
1230 Ian Davison Porter
1230 David Urquhart
1400 Fionna Kell
1500 Arthur Potts Dawson
1520 Heather Fargo
1600 Ian Lindley

 
Watch the following presentations online:

Aileen Campbell MSP Presentation

Arthur Potts- The People's Supermarket

 

 

 November - 2010

17 November 2010, Stirling Management Centre

 

 Scotland's Towns Conference 2010

- Investing in Town Centres - Building Stronger Communities -

 

Conference Resources:

Final Conference Programme
List of Conference Participants
Speaker Information and Background
Scotland's Towns Conference 2010 Exhibitor Guide

 

Speaker Presentations:

Susan Brown - Town Centre Regeneration Fund Part 1 + Part 2
David Halliday - Fraserburgh Development Trust
Patrick Lewis - Welsh Assembly Government
Olov Schultz - Development of Town Centres in Scandinavia
Willemijne Moes - spatial planning and urban policy in The Netherlands
Richard Heggie - Save Our Towns!
Lesley Riddoch


To access previous event presentations and documents please visit the BIDS Member Resources section.  

 

Scotland’s conference for everyone with an interest in supporting, growing and  promoting   Scotland’s towns.

As the economy battles its way out of recession, Scotland’s town centres are delivering their part of the Scottish Government’s drive to create sustainable economic growth. Drawing inspiration from colleagues at home and abroad, Scotland’s town centres have sought investment in both capital and ideas to drive forward real change to what were often the neglected hearts of many of our communities. However, there is still much to be done.

This year’s national (and only) Scotland’s Towns Conference was Scotland’s conference for everyone with an interest in supporting, growing and promoting Scotland’s towns. It was the most important date for those involved in and committed to our town centres. Attendees to the conference were representatives from small businesses, national companies, the third sector and more generally the private and public sector, colleagues were invited from the rest of the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and Northern Europe.


Ross Martin
Conference Chair


Conference Highlights

- Providing UK and international examples of proven good practice and policy
  interventions designed to protect, grow and support towns.
- Showcasing successful towns in Scotland, UK, northern Europe and   Scandinavia.
- Presentation and case study on the merits of Scotland’s Town Centre
  Regeneration Fund
- A call to action from our towns to government for continued support and   focus on the “beating hearts of our communities”
- Once-a-year chance to network and share experiences with colleagues and
  international visitors.
- An exhibition of the latest products and services to support town   regeneration and development.

 

 

Media Partner

Journal of Town & City Management

 

Conference Partners

Business Improvement Districts Scotland Blachere Illlumination UK  Springboard

 

Land Engineering Screentown

 

 

Contact:

Elaine Bone
Scotland’s Towns Conference 2010
01764 660110/07801 354591
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April - 2010

21 April 2010, Stirling Management Centre

BIDS Information Seminar - Part 1

A practical, informative briefing for those considering or about to embark on a Business Improvement District

Please find the programme here.

To access previous event presentations and documents please visit the BIDS Member Resources section.

March - 2010

24 March 2010, Stirling Management Centre

An Introduction to Business Improvement Districts: A Seminar for Statutory Authorities in Scotland

Please find the programme and attendance list here.

To access previous event presentations and documents please visit the BIDS Member Resources section.

 

February - 2010

17 February 2010, Stirling Management Centre

Operational BIDs Team Meeting: Climate Change Challenge

Chaired by Ross Martin. Guest speakers from Essential Edinburgh and Scottish Business in the Community.

Find the programme here.

To access previous event presentations and documents please visit the BIDS Member Resources section.

 

Renaissance Towns Workshop

For more information on this workshop and the resulting paper please visit the the BIDS member resources section.

 

November – 2009

25 November 2009, Perth Concert Hall

Vital & Vibrant Town Centres Conference 2009
Town Centres: The Fight Back

Click here for a conference programme.

Business Improvement Districts Scotland (BIDS) is delighted to be hosting the Vital and Vibrant Town Centres Conference 2009 entitled “Town Centres: The Fight Back”. The day will focus on the importance of investing in the future, partnership working between the private and public sectors, best practice, innovation and promoting a positive message about our town centres.

I believe that we have put together a programme that will appeal to on the ground practitioners, the business community, BID managers, town centre managers, local authorities, elected members and MSPs.

The conference will focus on real issues; offer thought-provoking perspectives; and hopefully stimulate debate about how the fight back for Scotland’s town centres and high streets can begin in earnest.

The primary focus will be on how Scotland’s town centres can take maximum and early advantage of the predicted economic upturn, whilst also providing practitioners with some information on the developing role and impact that Business Improvement Districts is having on the regeneration and asset management of town centres.

Chaired by Ross Martin, Director of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy, guest speakers include:

  • Chuck Dalldorf, Regional Public Affairs Manager for the League of California Cities and former Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Sacramento.

  • Multi-award winning architect, Gareth Hoskins

  • Alex Neil MSP, Minister for Housing & Communities

  • Leading communications consultant, Lesley Thomson, Director of Liddell Thomson


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Project Director, Business Improvement Districts Scotland

 To access previous event presentations and documents please visit the BIDS Member Resources section.

October – 2009

12 – 13 October 2009, Centre for Regional Science (CERUM) at Umea University

Conference on the International Experiences of Business Improvement Districts

The conference was attended by delegates from across Sweden interested in learning about Business Improvement Districts with presentations made by;

John Ballantine Policy Supervisor Ontario Canada - 40 Years Later - The Evolution of BIA Legislation in Canada

Jacquie Reilly Director National BIDs Advisory Service - The Development and Impact of BIDs in the UK

Stefan Kreutz Research Associate Institute of Urban Design Hamburg - The Transfer of the BID Model to Residential Neighbourhoods

Ian Cook Research Associate University of Manchester - BIDs in England - Views From The Outside

Ian Davison Porter Project Director BIDs Scotland - The Scottish Experience

Stefan Krause Manager Inverness City BID - The Local Experience

To access previous event presentations and documents please visit the BIDS Member Resources section.

 

Piecing Together the Towns Jigsaw: Developing and Implementing Whole Town Strategies

To access previous event presentations and documents please visit the BIDS Member Resources section.