Upcoming Events

The BIDs Scotland Gathering 2017

People - Place - Business:

Business Improvement Districts - the key to inclusive economic growth

BIDs Scotland is hosting its Annual Gathering on 28th March 2017 at Perth Concert Hall.

Building on last year, which was the biggest BIDs Gathering ever held in Scotland, we anticipate that this year’s event will be equally successful. Located in the superb Perth Concert Hall, offering an excellent programme, and combined with the launch of the National Report on BIDs in Scotland 2017, we expect demand for places to be high.

Scotland’s Business Improvement Districts, aligned with Scotland’s Economic Strategy, recognise that a more cohesive economy improves the opportunities for local businesses and the life chances and wellbeing of Scotland’s citizens. Business Improvement Districts demonstrate that as an anchor organisation, growing the economy must be based on equal opportunities, a fair and inclusive jobs market, regional cohesion and safe and secure communities.

From economists, to government figures, to those at the coalface and our international friends, this year’s BIDs Scotland Gathering will illustrate the impact, diversity and potential of Business Improvement Districts for towns, cities, sectors and infrastructure but fundamentally for Scotland’s economy and Scotland’s people.

Highlights include: Economist Neil McInroy on the new National Report on BIDs in Scotland; BID economic impact case studies; round table sessions shaping the future of BIDs; support and advice workshops; exhibition, fringe events, networking, BIDs showcase and news of links with European BIDs.

With attendance free of charge, secure your place at the only Gathering of around 200 senior professionals with direct influence and responsibility for delivering BIDs, policy-making and strategic delivery across Scotland; creating a unique space in which to engage with local and national government including politicians and officers, as well as a wide range of key stakeholders and representative bodies.

Twitter hashtag: #BIDSGathering

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World Towns Leadership Summit 2017

31st May - 2nd June, 2017, Malmö, Sweden 

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The international dialogue continues. Initiated in Edinburgh, June 2016, resulting in a frame-work of beliefs and principles for inclusive city building. Please join us to advance these ideas in Malmö, Sweden, to refine the values and priorities for the urban place management industry.

Our goal for the 2017 Summit is quite specific: to establish a global action plan to enable the work of all participating organizations. We seek to affirm, or amend as needed, the guiding principles established in Edinburgh and build consensus on policy directions necessary to sustain healthy commercial districts. The summit will examine the UN Habitat III New Urban Agenda and recent issues research to inform the place management action plan. While the business community and property owners remain the primary stakeholder audiences for our member organizations, we must to consider the long term needs of residents, visitors, and workers, all of whom fuel the growth and success of every city center, commercial district, corridor, and neighborhood.

Hotels, Program, & More

Click here to view the program and accommodation information. The program is subject to change.

Attend the Event

The fee for the conference and study tour in Malmö is $379 per person. It includes the conference, meals and reception dinner at the Malmö City Town Hall and the study tour in Malmö. The study tour in Copenhagen is an additional $95 per person. For further information or assistance, please email the IDA registration team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BIDs Scotland Workshops

The programme of workshops for 2017 is currently in development, but if you are involved in town or city centres, tourism, rural settlements, business parks or have a general interest in really understanding BIDs and how the BIDs model can be used to improve defined areas or specific business sector markets then please contact ian.davisonporter[at] More information on the workshops, venues and dates will be detailed here and on the BIDs Scotland Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn sites.

If you require further information please contact, Alison MacKenzie Jones - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ian Davison Porter - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.