The BIDs Scotland Gathering 2017

People - Place - Business:

Business Improvement Districts - the key to inclusive economic growth

BIDs Scotland is hosting its Annual Gathering on 28th March 2017 at Perth Concert Hall.

Building on last year, which was the biggest BIDs Gathering ever held in Scotland, we anticipate that this year’s event will be equally successful. Located in the superb Perth Concert Hall, offering an excellent programme, and combined with the launch of the National Report on BIDs in Scotland 2017, we expect demand for places to be high.

Scotland’s Business Improvement Districts, aligned with Scotland’s Economic Strategy, recognise that a more cohesive economy improves the opportunities for local businesses and the life chances and wellbeing of Scotland’s citizens. Business Improvement Districts demonstrate that as an anchor organisation, growing the economy must be based on equal opportunities, a fair and inclusive jobs market, regional cohesion and safe and secure communities.

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.

Highlights include: Economist Neil McInroy on the new National Report on BIDs in Scotland; BID economic impact case studies; round table sessions shaping the future of BIDs; support and advice workshops; exhibition, fringe events, networking, BIDs showcase and news of links with European BIDs.

With attendance free of charge, secure your place at the only Gathering of around 200 senior professionals with direct influence and responsibility for delivering BIDs, policy-making and strategic delivery across Scotland; creating a unique space in which to engage with local and national government including politicians and officers, as well as a wide range of key stakeholders and representative bodies.

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Programme & Speakers

08:00 – 09:30 Networking Breakfast and Exhibition.
09:35 – 09:40 Welcome – Conference Host: Keith Aitken, Journalist and Broadcaster
 
Part 1 – Business Improvement Districts in Scotland: Improving and Developing Scotland for All
 
09:40 – 10:00 The Power and Impact of the BID Model in Scotland
Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies
 
10:00 – 10:15  To be announced
 
Economic Impact Case Studies
 
10:15 – 10:30 Roddy Smith, Chief Executive, Essential Edinburgh
10:30 – 10:45 Willie Wood, Chair, Explore Largs
 
10:45 – 11.00 Question & Answer Session led by Keith Aitken
 

11.00 – 11:30 Part 2 – What Next for BIDs in Scotland? Round table working groups led by BIDs

BID management host round table discussions.
 
Smaller round table settings provide an opportunity for participants to raise questions about BIDs and to discuss where they would like to see BIDs going next in delivering for all. Discussion highlights will be shared in the conference Storify, a multi-media report issued post-conference.
 
Coffee and Sweet Treats will be provided to boost energy levels!
 
11:45 – 12:45 Part 3 - Workshops
 
WS1 Challenges and Opportunities. Bill Harvey, BID Manager, Kirkcaldy 4 All; and David Grove, Lead Officer Town Centre Development at Fife Council. Featuring Claire Carpenter, Founder and Managing Director, The Melting Pot – award winning social enterprise and co-working pioneers.
 
WS2 Tourism Matters. Many BIDs consider tourism development an intrinsic part of their business plan. In this session we will explore options for developing new and innovative tourism experiences and marketing activities. Ros Halley, Managing Director, Tartan Jigsaw.
 
WS3 Making it Happen: Money and People! Rhonda McLean, Funding Officer, Funding Scotland and Joy Lewis, Chief Executive, Adopt an Intern.
 
WS4 Prove your worth! The importance of monitoring and evaluating your BID. Suzanne Hamilton, Associate Director, Frontline Consultants and Vice Chair, Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS); and Willie Wood, Chair, Explore Largs.
 
12:45 – 13:45 Networking Lunch and Exhibition
 
13.45 - 14.45 Fringe Events
 
If you would like to host a Fringe Event to showcase your organisation, see Commercial Pack for details.
 
Part 4 – BIDs Showcase
 
BIDs are a sustainable partnership model, supporting inclusive growth and building stronger communities. Our vignettes showcase the diversity of BIDs today and the potential for even greater impact across Scotland.
 
15:00 – 15:10 Welcome Back! – Keith Aitken highlights some suggestions from earlier sessions and leads into vignettes.
 
15:10 – 15:25 1. Local People Leading
To be announced - Penicuik First
 
15:25 – 15:40 2. Food and Drink Sector
Economic Growth – from Local to Global.
Louise Elder, Black & Gold Rapeseed Oil and Chair, East Lothian Food and Drink – the world’s first food and drink BID.
 
15:40 – 16:10 3. Infrastructure and Environment
 
Richard Wright, Executive Director, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Richard will share how the Sheffield Flood Prevention BID is protecting communities, growing the economy and transforming waterways.
 
16:10 – 16:30 Part 5 – Beyond Brexit. Always Learning.
 
BIDs Scotland and our European neighbours - always learning from each other.
 
Rozina Spinnoy, Managing Director at Belgium Design Council and Director BIDs Belgium
 
Ian Davison Porter, Director, BIDs Scotland, touches on current developments and potential for Scotland
 
Closing - Keith Aitken 
 
16:30 Networking Drinks Reception
 

Commercial Opportunities

Don't miss out on your chance to be part of the BIDs Scotland Gathering 2017! Commercial opportunities begin from £150+VAT. To download a commercial pack of partnership options, click on the link below. For enquiries, contact Elaine Bone at 07801 354591 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
Commercial Pack - BIDs Scotland Gathering 2017

Sponsors:

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Exhibitors:

Town Centre Activities Ltd
The Melting Pot

Scotland's Towns Partnership
Direct Distribution
Springboard
802 Event WiFi

Miconex
Elephant WiFi
Our Community Hub
The Army in Scotland
Pinpointer
Rapier Systems
Ryden