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

Director   

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

The National Review of Town Centres, Community and Enterprise in Scotland's Town Centrtes was led by Malcolm Fraser supported by an External Advisory Group which included the public and private sectors.

The report makes recommendations for action which includes the increased use of Business Improvement Districts,

 

‘Town centre partnerships and local authority town centre managers provide collaborative models and further support for an increased use of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), where existing businesses invest with local authorities in the future of their areas, can help to expand a town centre’s economic base.’

and a demonstration digital project aligned to local Business Improvement Districts.

‘Town Centre Digital Demonstration Project: a demonstration digital learning network, aligned to local Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and the Digital Scotland Strategy, growing and enhancing digital skills and pooling existing community, business and local authority resources, knowledge and expertise.’

 

“We want to take every measure possible to ensure our town centres are vibrant places”

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister of Scotland

 

For a full copy of the National Review of Town Centres please click here.

 

 

 

Employment Opportunities with BIDs in Scotland

Shawlands BID

BID Manager: Full job description 

Shawlands Business Improvement District represents the interests of all Town Centre businesses. The town centre, through the establishment of a 5 year Business Improvement District, has an opportunity to shape its future as it undergoes a period of investment and change. A business plan has been developed and voted for by the town centre businesses and a BID Manager is now being sought to deliver this plan.


This position is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and business minded BID Manager to lead and deliver the future development of our area.


The successful candidate will work largely on their own initiative reporting directly to the Board of Directors, representing Shawlands BID in its dealings with external agencies and funding bodies. They will have some people management responsibilities.


Applicants must have a good business management record preferably with some experience of project and event management, control of budgets, a good knowledge of funding opportunities and marketing skills. A courteous and outgoing manner with strong interpersonal, leadership and negotiating skills is essential.


Applicants must also have experience in motivating and managing a team towards agreed objectives and; have the ability to liaise with 3rd parties to achieve desired outcomes. Weekend and evening work will be required.

Renumeration: £30,000 per annum, pro rata - 30 hours per week
Application in writing with CV and covering letter to: shawlandsbusinessassociation@gmail.com

Closing date: Friday 19th May 

Shawlands BID
Communications Coordinator: Full job description 

Shawlands Business Improvement District requires a self-employed Communications coordinator to work with the BID manager on delivering the MyShawlands Business Plan.

Shawlands Business Improvement District represents the interests of all Town Centre businesses. The town centre, through the establishment of a 5 year Business Improvement District, has an opportunity to shape its future as it undergoes a period of investment and change. A business plan has been developed and voted for by the town centre businesses.Roles and responsibilities:

Coordinate and maintain strong working relationships with Shawlands BID members through face to face meetings, press releases, newsletters and email.
Develop a social media campaign
Assist with BID events
Attend evening meetings and other relevant meetings as agreed by BID Manager.
Weekend work will be required for this position on occasion.

The successful candidate will report directly to the BID Manager.

Renumeration: £9/hour, 8 hours per week. 

Application in writing with CV and covering letter to: shawlandsbusinessassociation@gmail.com

Closing date: Friday 19th May 

 

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.