Innovative and Creative

The Scottish Government's consultation on Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in 2003 concluded that BIDs in Scotland should not be restricted to town and city centres so as to allow for more innovative and creative schemes to be developed.

In Scotland we have worked with local groups to develop the first tourism business improvement district (TBID) in the UK, Visit Inverness Loch Ness and the worlds first food and drink business improvement district, Scotland's Food and Drink County

Working with the Borders Railway Partnership we are helping local groups in Dalkeith and Galashiels to more directly benefit from the considerable capital investment and economic benefit of the Borders Railway to develop bespoke BIDs which will assist and contribute to inclusive economic growth in the two towns and more generally across the Mid Lothian and Scottish Borders. It is expected that other local groups along the Borders Railway corridor will see the benefit of collaborative working and investment to stimulate local inclusive economic growth and also look to develop their own locally based improvement districts.

The legislation in Scotland is very flexible and allows for the inclusion of property owners and occupiers and is not based or tied to the non domestic rate.  

Some of the more innovative and creative BIDs from North America and the UK are shown below as examples of what can be achieved with the BIDs Model.

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Energy Improvement District



Restaurant Improvement District




JFK Off Airport Improvement District


JFK Airport


Lower Don Valley Flood Scheme

Lower Don Valley