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 Town Centre Action Plan sets out a cross-government response to the National Review of Town Centres, sticking to the themed structure and succinct and direct tone of the original document.

All Scottish Government directorates have been actively engaged, identifying the relevant policies, programmes and strategies which support and put in place the conditions for the recommendations of the National Review of Town Centres to be delivered locally and to assist local action.

The Scottish Government has responded to this call by appointing the Local Government and Planning Minister as lead Minister with responsibility for an action plan, reporting to the Deputy First Minister.

 The Town Centre Action Plan makes specific reference to Business Improvement Districts,

 

‘We will test thinking with a range of stakeholders to identify support priorities for Business Improvement District (BID) projects and opportunities to expand what BIDS can deliver in alignment with the wider community focus recommended in the review report.’

 

For a full copy of the Town Centre Action Plan 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.