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

by 5pm Friday 24 th July 2015Alloa Town Centre BID - BID Manager
This exciting oppurtunity involved leading and inspiring a diverse, high-performing team and developing and progressing Alloa Town Centre BID's strategy, including ensuring that the business plan is delivered. The position includes developing and maintaining close and mutually supportive relationships with the businesses that ATCBID represents. The role also includes overseeing communication to stakeholders, marketing the "brand offer" for the area in Alloa and ensuring financial management for the organisation is sound. 

Salary circa £28,000

Closing date 15th July 2016 

For more information click here.


Easter Bush Estate - BID Project Coordinator
Midlothian Council has been awarded funding by the Scottish Government to develop a Business Improvement District (BID) within The Easter Bush Estate, Midlothian.  An individual experienced in developing BID’s or providing direct support and/or services to business users is sought to fill this post.

The Easter Bush Estate includes the principal sites in Midlothian with an active or planned role within the biotechnology sector and with the highest concentration of Animal Science in Europe. These sites; including Bush Estate / Technopole, Easter Bush Campus of the University of Edinburgh, Pentlands Science Park, Edinburgh Bio-campus and Roslin BioCentre are concentrated to the north and west of the village of Roslin and adjacent to the village of Bilston a few kilometres south of Edinburgh.

You will lead a major consultation exercise to establish the issues, concerns and priorities of businesses. At the end of the six month period you will make a recommendation on whether to proceed to BID ballot stage.

Salary, £20 per hour (inclusive), initially 16 hours per week, fixed term 6 months

Closing date for registering interest 7th July 2016

For more information click here.


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.