Welcome to BIDs Scotland

Business Improvement Districts Scotland is the national organisation for BIDs in Scotland, providing support, advice and encouragement to business groups, communities and local authorities considering and developing a business improvement district.

We are now looking for The Next Generation of BIDs in Scotland so if you are a local business association, community group or local authority with ambitions for your town, city, business park, tourism area or food and drink group and want to see change and improvement then either give us a ring or drop us an email for an informal chat. If you need to find out more about BIDs in Scotland click on our You Tube link here where you will find lots of videos of people talking about BIDs and a representative selection of videos showing the work of the local BIDs.

By working together in a strong local partnership businesses can reduce costs, share risks and create new platforms for growth, contributing to the wider regeneration aspirations of the local community.

Strong local partnerships with sustainable finance, staff and an agreed plan deliver lasting positive change. 

Development grant funding of up to £20,000 is available to assist with the development of your local BID click here for further details.

We are more than happy to have an informal conversation about how the business improvement district model can help you, just get in touch!


Best wishes


Ian Davison Porter


Telephone - 0131 629 0065

Email - ian.davisonporter@bids-scotland.com


For matters relating to Marketing, Communications, Social Media and Administration please contact Alison MacKenzie Jones at alison@bids-scotland.com

Employment Opportunities with BIDs in Scotland

Crieff Succeeds
BID Manager
[Person SpecificationJob Description

This position is a great opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic and self-motivated Manager to lead our team and influence the future success of Crieff.

The successful candidate must have the skills to work on their own initiative and be seen as the visible face of the BID to local businesses. The post holder will be the public face of the BID representing the BID in its dealings with local businesses, community groups, external agencies and funding bodies.

Applicants must have a good business management record preferably with experience of project management, control of budgets, and consumer facing marketing. A courteous and outgoing manner with strong interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills are essential.

Applicants must also have demonstrated success in working with stakeholders and building trusted relationships.

The BID Board is prepared to have a flexible approach as to how the requirements of the post can be delivered and is keen to hear from candidates who feel they can, not just fill the post but add value to the Crieff Succeeds BID.

Job description available at www.crieffsucceeds.com

Applications by covering letter and CV by 26th September by email only to: alan.crieffsucceeds@gmail.com First interviews to take place in Crieff early October.


Dunfermline Delivers
Personal Assistant/Administrator

Under the direction and supervision of the BID Manager, the candidate will be required to co-ordinate and deliver the BID administrative activities within the BID office. The main job description include adminstration, resource management and marketing and communications.
- Performs administrative duties for BID Manager/Office and Event Managers.
- Responsibilities will include screening calls; managing calendars; making travel, meeting and event arrangements; receiving and directing visitors, word processing, creating spreadsheets and filing, database maintenance and booking appointments.
- Extensive software skills, Internet research abilities and strong communication skills are required.
- Excellent customer relations.
- Requires flexibility, excellent interpersonal skills.
- Project coordination experience.
- The ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, outside clients and vendors.
- Sensitivity to confidential matters may be required.
- Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; calling for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories; evaluating new equipment and techniques.
- Providing information / answering questions and requests.
- Maintains supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies.
- Completes operational requirements by scheduling administrative projects; expediting work results.
- Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks.
- Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
- Social media skills and website update maintainance.
- Accounting skills
- Must have knowledge of Excel/Word/Office 365/Microsoft
Salary is circa £19,000 - Monday-Saturday 37.5 hours per week
Applications to be sumitted via S1 Jobs. Closing date Friday 30th September.


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. Please email Alison MacKenzie Jones at alison@bids-scotland.com

Each recruitment advertisement will be circulated via a BIDS eflyer to all members highlighting your vacancy. The eflyers will also be linked to the BIDS websites where additional job details and requirements can be made available for download. All listings, amendments and eflyers are free of charge.


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.

Read the National Review of BIDs in Scotland to find out what a business improvement district can deliver for local businesses and the community, or learn about different types of partnership working.