The National Report on BIDs in Scotland 2016

Work has begun in perparing and undertaking new research for the forthcoming National Report on Business Improvement Districts in Scotland, with the view to publishing and circulating to stakeholders in 2016.

The National Report on BIDs in Scotland 2016 
Ten Years of Acheivement and Growth 

Business Improvement District Scotland (BIDS) will publish its second national survey of BIDs in Scotland which highlights the key contribution that BIDs are making at a local level towards improving the business environment, helping build sustainable communities and contributing to Single Outcome Agreements, and the Scottish Government’s national objective of sustainable economic growth.

The report provides a snapshot of the impacts and outcomes of the 36 established BIDs across Scotland, and the other 21 that are in development. Some initial findings are below: 

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The BIDs family in Scotland, with the uniquely flexible legislative mechanism at its core, backed up by strong government advocacy and practical support delivered by BIDs Scotland, continues to grow across towns, cities and business parks; and is now evolving, with operational BIDs in food and drink and tourism. Developing BIDs with the Scottish Waterways Trust present opportunites to develop more asset focussed, tourism and private sector (developers and landlord) partnerships.


"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything than can be counted counts"
William Bruce Cameron