People - Place - Business:
Business Improvement Districts - the key to inclusive economic growth
BIDs Scotland hosted 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, this year’s event was as equally successful.
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 business leaders, to those at the coalface and our international friends, 2017’s BIDs Scotland Gathering illustrated 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 included: Economist Neil McInroy on the new National Report on BIDs in Scotland; Ross Martin on the policy landscape; 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.
Twitter hashtag: #BIDSGathering
The Storify of the BIDs Scotland Gathering 2017 is available here
Full Programme & Speakers
Ross Martin, Economic Agitator
11.00 – 11:30 Part 2 – What Next for BIDs in Scotland? Round table working groups led by BIDs
Room: Norie-Miller 1
WS1 Challenges and Opportunities. Bill Harvey, BID Manager, Kirkcaldy 4 All; and David Grove, Lead Officer Town Centre Development at Fife Council. Featuring Claire Carpenter, Founder and Managing Director, The Melting Pot – award winning social enterprise and co-working pioneers.
Room: Norie-Miller 2
WS2 Tourism Matters. Many BIDs consider tourism development an intrinsic part of their business plan. In this session we will explore options for developing new and innovative tourism experiences and marketing activities. Ros Halley, Managing Director, Tartan Jigsaw.
WS3 Making it Happen: Money and People! Rhonda McLean, Funding Officer, Funding Scotland and Joy Lewis, Chief Executive, Adopt an Intern.
WS4 Prove your worth! The importance of monitoring and evaluating your BID. Suzanne Hamilton, Associate Director, Frontline Consultants and Vice Chair, Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS); and Willie Wood, Chair, Explore Largs.
Commercial Pack - BIDs Scotland Gathering 2017
802 Event Wifi
The Army in Scotland
The Melting Pot
Our Commnity Hub
Pop Up Power Supplies
Scottish Empty Homes Partnership
Town Centre Activities Ltd