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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 




Business Improvement District (BID) Project Manager

West End BID

The West End Association has attracted funding from the Scottish Government to promote and progress the development of a Business Improvement District (BID) for the West End of Edinburgh.

As part of this development a new and exciting position exists for a self-motivated and results driven individual to develop and promote the West End BID. The post is offered as a fixed term 9 month contract on a self employed basis with excellent further prospects. Working hours are expected to be 21 hours per week over 3 days with the need for occasional evening work.

You will lead a consultation exercise engaging with local businesses to establish the requirements and priorities of businesses in the West End then use the information to produce a BID Business Plan and BID Proposal. You will need to lead a ballot process and secure a BID for West End and in essence, you will be the champion for the BID and the face of the project.

You will require excellent communication and business planning skills, be task orientated with a passion to succeed. You will possess project and budget management experience and a balanced approach to problems and issues.

The successful candidate will be required to stage a number of demonstration projects and events to secure support from prospective BID supporters and as such experience managing events from inception to delivery is a requirement of the role.

The post will be varied and offers scope for personal development.

For more information please contact Michael Apter, Chair, West End BID Steering Group, by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and CV by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A full job description can be found here.

Closing date for applications: 5pm Wednesday 7th May 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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