Many thanks for coming to see the BIDs Scotland website. As the national organisation for BIDs in Scotland we will always provide support, advice and encouragement to business groups, communities and local authorities considering a business improvement district. 

To get an understanding of BIDs our Talking BIDs section features David Urquhart and Malcolm Brown, the chairs of Elgin and Queensferry Ambition talking about their towns and how a BID is helping them to improve their town centres for their businesses and the local community. Click here for more information. 

Alternatively our BIDs Model at Work gives some examples of traditional BIDs, although the BIDs model can be used when ever a group of businesses want to work collectively and invest together in improving their business environment or grow their market sector. Please click here for more information.

Our Videos about BIDs page gives a few examples of projects delivered by the Scottish BIDs and some examples of projects from elsewhere in the world, whilst the Enterprising Bathgate videos show how a BID is developed and some of the work they have done. Please click here for more information.

We are always happy to talk about how a BID can help your businesses and local community, my telephone number and email contact is below if you want to get in touch.


Best wishes



Ian Davison Porter Director BIDs Scotland

Telephone 0131 629 0065

Email ian.davisonporter



Helping to build stronger communities in Scotland

Many of the business improvement districts now in operation are not only working with their local businesses, but also working with local groups, community councils and other local interest groups to bring about improvement through collective effort, reducing duplication and improving delivery at a local level, bringing about positive change.

To read more of what a business improvement districts can deliver for local businesses and the community click here to read The National Review of BIDs in Scotland 2013 











Uniqueness Tourism BID Ltd Business Tourism Sales Manager

The Tourism BID is led by tourism businesses for tourism businesses and delivers a
financially sustainable model which, in partnership with statutory authorities, will drive
forward tourism in the Inverness and Loch Ness area for years to come, raising the quality of
visitor experience and growing the value of tourism to the local economy.

The Tourism BID will fund and deliver projects and activities that are at the core of tourism –
marketing and promotion, business tourism, improvements in the tourism infrastructure,
business development as well as supporting new and existing sustainable events and
festivals and advocating on local issues that matter to tourism businesses.

The Tourism BID represents an exciting opportunity for the area because it will, for the first
time, capitalise on the benefits of Inverness and Loch Ness working together as one

This job is great opportunity for someone already working in business tourism who wishes to
further develop their skills.

Closing Date 1 September 2014

For more details & to apply click here.


Selkirk Business Improvement District (BID) - Project Leader 


Selkirk Chamber of Trade and Commerce have been awarded funding by the Scottish Government to develop a Business Improvement District (BID) in Selkirk. An individual experienced in developing and providing direct support and/or services to business users is sought to fill this post.

The role of the post holder will be to deliver the BID programme of work, following due process and develop a BID Business Plan that local and national businesses and stakeholders will vote positively for in September 2015. The Selkirk BID will be centered around the Selkirk Town Centre and the Ettrick Riverside Business Park. A key issue will be to look at how the two parts of the town can be better linked together to the benefit of businesses in both parts of the town.

The preferred candidate will be a self-employed sessional worker with frontline experience of managing operations, have a high standard of communication and negotiation skills and have driven a customer service culture. You will be an effective communicator with a real passion for making things happen. This fixed term post will require you to work closely with stakeholders at all levels, e.g. the Council, the Police, the BID Steering Group and BIDs Scotland the national organisation in Scotland.

Hourly Rate: £18/ph
Fixed term till End September 2015
An average of 15h per week

Further information and application details can be found here.

Cosing Date: 21st August 2014


BIDs Scotland is happy to advertise employment opportunities or situations wanted for BIDs, town, city, place management and urban regeneration roles free of charge and these will be circulated to our members.

If you would like to find out more please email ian.davisonporter 


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