Partners are bodies or associations with which Business Improvement Districts Scotland has a formal partnership arrangement or agreement to work together to further the objectives of Business Improvement Districts Scotland or assist in the delivery of specific projects and outcomes.


Centre for Scottish Public Policy - Scottish Towns Policy Group

An independent think tank providing a focus for imaginative and innovative policy debate on the key issues facing Scotland

Development Trust Association Scotland

The Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) is the national body for development trusts in Scotland. Business Improvement Districts Scotland is working with DTAS and Carluke, Mull and Iona and Stranraer Development Trusts in aligning the BIDs sustainable financial model with the development trusts to bring about improvements for the local businesses in the areas of Scotland within which the trusts operate.    

Economic Development Association Scotland

The Economic Development Association (Scotland) is the independent voice of economic development in Scotland. EDAS's aim is to facilitate a substantial improvement in the effectiveness of economic development activity in Scotland by helping to raise the knowledge, skills and networks of those involved in all aspects of economic development.

Keep Scotland Beautiful

Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) is an environmental charity which aims to achieve litter free and sustainable environments throughout Scotland. Business Improvement Districts Scotland and the local BIDs work with KSB to improve the environs of the town and city centres in which they operate and to develop good practice (such as the removal of gum from town centre streets) to be shared with town centre practitioners across Scotland.

National BIDs Advisory Service

The National BIDs Advisory Service (NBAS), delivered by ATCM (Association of Town Centre Management) led the Westminster goverment supported BIDs Pilot that introduced BIDs to England and Wales. Business Improvement Districts Scotland has a partnership agreement with NBAS to promote the BIDs strategy within government and the use of the BIDs strategy in towns and cities. 

Partnerships Against Crime 

Partnerships Against Crime (PAC) is a consortium of organisations – from the public and private sectors – who believe that more and closer partnerships between police, businesses, the public sector and ordinary people can reduce low-level crime and anti-social behaviour and can improve the quality of life for us all. 

Scotland's Towns Partnership

STP is open to all organisations with an interest or role in the development and regeneration of Scotland’s towns. In joining, you will be supporting our overarching aim, to provide a single voice for Scotland’s Towns and Town Centres.  As a membership-based organisation, we will provide members of the Partnership  with a range of services and activities, designed to increase your knowledge, skills and networks and instil good practice and effective management across our towns and town centres.

Scottish Government

Business Improvement Districts Scotland leads the Scottish Governments BID programme and further details on BIDs can be found on the Scottish Government website by clicking here

Scottish Business Crime Centre

The Scottish Business Crime Centre (SBCC) is a not for profit organisation created in 1996 to establish a unique partnership approach between the police, the business community and the Scottish Government. Business Improvement Districts Scotland and SBCC have worked together on developing a town centre and local high streets evening economy good practice guide, whilst Clacksfirst Ltd (BID) has developed a good practice guide for business parks in partnership with SBCC and with support from BIDS.