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 











 Greater Grassmarket BID - Marketing Assistant

An exciting job opportunity in the capacity of Marketing Assistant is now being offered by the Greater Grassmarket Business Improvement District.

We are looking for a skilled Marketing Assistant to the support and execute the marketing activities of the Greater Grassmarket Business Improvement District (BID) in conjunction with the BID Project Manager. Applicants need to demonstrate a ‘can do’ attitude, be able to work to deadline in a fast-paced environment, and possess an excellent grasp of the English language.

The role holder will work on a broad range of projects including events in the area; managing social media and web content; B2B communications; PR and promotional activity; and campaign analysis.

Candidates must have at least 2 years’ previous marketing experience, be flexible, quick to adapt and comfortable with working on a range of tasks at one time.

 For more information click here.

Application Deadline: 19th September 2014


Aberdeen Inspired Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for inspiring change and the implementation of the Business Improvement District Business Plan for Aberdeen city centre

To request role specification details or to send your covering letter and curriculum vitae, please contact Amanda McCulloch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 A job description can  be found here

Application Deadline: 23rd September 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 


The Green Champions Training Course is a free online training course for Scottish organisations. The course has been designed to give you new skills and...
World-beating Cullen Skink and tasty giveaways helped draw large crowds to the fourth annual City of Elgin Food and Drink Festival on Saturday. Elgin’s...
Staff at the Clackmannanshire-based firm arrived at work last Tuesday (9 Sept) to find that a surrounding wall to their premises had ‘collapsed’ during...
The Greater Grassmarket BID board of directors has opened up one new positions for local business owners or managers. As a representative of the area you...