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 info@bids-scotland.com

Employment Opportunities with BIDs in Scotland

Vacancy posted: Thursday, 22 June 2017
Salary: £35,000 - £40,000
Location: Paisley
Closing date: 07 July 2017

Paisley First is the non-profit organisation set up to deliver a BID (Business Improvement District) in Paisley town centre in an effort to revitalise the town centre and strengthen the town’s business environment.
The BID works for and on behalf of more than 600 businesses to help create a better business environment, a more attractive town centre for residents and visitors and a safe place to work and live.

About Paisley First
Paisley First Business Improvement District (BID) is spearheading an exciting business-led town centre regeneration programme which will see the delivery of an innovative business plan over the next three years. The business plan promises projects which will assist its members by increasing footfall through events and promotional activity including the Pride of Paisley Public Art Trail, CarFest, Paisley Restaurant Week and Gable Wall Public Art projects to name but a few. Paisley First also works with investors to attract new businesses to invest in Paisley. Paisley First works closely with key partners in the delivery of their projects including Renfrewshire Council, Paisley 2021and Police Scotland .

Paisley First is seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual with strong communication skills and the ability to build strong public and private sector partnerships, preferably with experience, knowledge and prior involvement of managing BIDs.
The BID Manager will lead the organisation to benefit the local economy and local businesses and organisations and will ensure that the business plan is delivered in a professional, transparent and cost effective manner, achieving economies of scale and added value through partner engagement.

The key objective for the BID Manager will be to successfully deliver the business plan and its constituent projects.
The BID Manager will also manage BID staff, develop initiatives and liaise effectively with BID members and other stakeholders, whilst also working towards a successful renewal ballot in 2020.

To apply: http://www.s1jobs.com/job/executive-management/paisley/660659600.html

BIDs Scotland is happy to advertise employment opportunities or situations wanted to BIDs, town, city, place management and urban regeneration roles free of charge and these will be circulated to our members. Please email Ian Davison Porter at ian.davisonporter@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.