Talking BIDs in Scotland

The legislation for Business Improvement Districts (BID) in Scotland was deliberately designed to be flexible, so that local people could design a BID model which was appropriate to their local needs. Whilst the process remains the same no matter what BID model you are developing, each local BID can be very different to another.

The majority of BIDs in Scotland are located in towns and cities, with some in business parks, with recent BIDs developed in the tourism (Loch Ness and Inverness Tourism BID) and Food and Drink sectors (Scotland's Food and Drink County - East Lothian), but even a geographical location doesn't begin to describe the BID. Some were developed to be very community centric - working and delivering locally with development trusts and community councils, amongst other local groups - whilst others were developed by town or high street businesses. What is common across all the BIDs is partnership working, - whether in a small town, a large city or across food and drink businesses across a council area - and the building of strong local partnerships to deliver change and improvement.

You can get an idea of what types of BIDs have been developed in Scotland by looking at the videos below, however these cannot possibly begin to describe the range of work that the local BIDs are doing, nor the partnerships they have developed, or the contribution they are making to growing local capacity, acting as community anchors and contributing to local inclusive economic growth.

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What's So Good About A BID Anyway?

The videos below are stories from the individual BIDs, and testimonials from our partners.

Three BID Stories: Bathgate, Dunblane and Clarkston

Firstly, the 'Three BID Stories' features Enterprising Bathgate, Scotland's first BID, with BID manager Sam Crawford discussing the long-term plans for the town and important partnership working with their local authoirty, Discover Dunblane's Tom Casey speaks of the community centric model with a BID in a rural town, and Clarkston's renewal ballot of 2015 and as a single 'voice for local business'.


Robert Pollock, EDAS

Robert Pollock, Chair, Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS) celebrates ten years of BID legislation and the model that delivers 'local solutions to local problems'.

Robert Pollock EDAS

Linlithgow BID: An Introduction

The below video showcases the importance of the BID to Linlithgow town centre, with remarks from local businesses and West Lothian Council. 


Giffnock Village: Classic Car Spectacular 

The below video features an event that Giffnock Village hosted in September 2015.