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

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.




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.