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A new campaign - featuring a range of winter discounts - has been launched in Glasgow which aims to encourage more punters to shop locally. Business across the west end of Glasgow have teamed up to see off the competition from online shopping sites. A...
Thursday, 14 December 2017
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Santa and Rudolph return to the Grassmarket area for festive fun On Saturday 16th December Santa and his friends will be returning to the Grassmarket for free, family-friendly Christmas festivities. Organised and facilitated by the Greater Grassmarket...
Thursday, 14 December 2017
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Selkirk will become the Borders’ first town to have a business improvement district (BID) – thanks to a 55% majority vote of businesses in the town....While not a whitewash by any means, it was enough support to get the ball rolling. It will see the...
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
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No less a leader than ­Winston Churchill said: “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but reflection…” So with the Christmas festivities now well under way in the heart of Edinburgh it is an opportune time to reflect – and look back on a...
Monday, 11 December 2017
Groups and organisations are being sought to test innovative ways of managing the UK's public parks following a £2 million National Lottery funding boost for the Rethinking Parks programme. A second scheme - Bloomsbury Squared - tested a way of...
Friday, 08 December 2017
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BY Adrian Watson, CEO, Aberdeen Inspired and Chairman of Association of Town and City Management Scotland TOWNS matter. Urban areas of all sizes across the UK have been struggling for decades. Whether it’s the loss of our traditional industries such as...
Thursday, 07 December 2017
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YULETIDE NIGHT IN LARGS WILL BE FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY This year’s Largs Yuletide evening parade will be taking place on Thursday 7th December, kick starting an evening of celebrations, festive fireworks and fun for all the family. Once again, Explore...
Thursday, 07 December 2017
A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about how land is developed and used. Current Status of the Bill This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities,...
Wednesday, 06 December 2017
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Santa and his elves to switch on the Greater Grassmarket’s Christmas lights The Greater Grassmarket Business Improvement District (BID) kicks off the Old Town’s festive celebrations with the official switching on of the Christmas lights in the...
Tuesday, 05 December 2017
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Police Scotland is once again teaming up with Falkirk’s retailers in an effort to discourage crime in the town centre over the festive season.   The Operation Christmas message is simple – anyone thinking of causing anti-social behaviour or...
Friday, 24 November 2017
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A £2.4m scheme to help restore and enhance buildings in Aberdeen's Union Street has been launched. The five-year Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (Cars) is aimed at rejuvenating the city's main thoroughfare. It will provide grants to property...
Friday, 24 November 2017
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Book and a Brew encourages visitors to discover a new book in the Greater Grassmarket The Greater Grassmarket Business Improvement District (BID) is celebrating Book Week Scotland with Book and a Brew, offering customers a free hot drink when they buy...
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
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BID4Oban are once again thrilled to bring the Annual Reindeer Parade and Christmas Light Switch to Oban for all, both young and old, to enjoy and celebrate this special time of the year. As the beginning of the 10-day Oban Winter Festival this brings...
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
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Gorebridge Connected and Track2Train aim to use the funding to revitalise the centre of Gorebridge and boost its economy Major funding packages totalling £3.4m have been secured to revitalise the centre of a former mining community in Midlothian. The...
Monday, 20 November 2017
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Year 9 of Essential Edinburgh Annual Review 2016 - 2017 Year 9 of Essential...
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
This report presents examples of how Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and cultural organisations can work together to drive economic growth and help their communities thrive.It includes examples of best practice to inspire BIDs and...
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
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A bid to boost the Scottish Borders economy by increasing visitor numbers has taken a step forward. Initial funding from the Scottish government has been secured to develop a tourism based Business Improvement District (BID) in the Tweed Valley. It...
Thursday, 09 November 2017
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Hundreds of people congregated on the steps of the Caird Hall to officially send off Dundee’s bid to become European Capital of Culture on Thursday. Contents of the 80-page bid documents are being kept secret so as not to give any advantage to other...
Friday, 27 October 2017
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BID4Oban is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its ballot for a second term of running the Business Improvement District in Oban. Of the votes cast there was a 75 per cent poll in favour of the BID continuing for the next...
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
A fresh bid to revitalise Dundee city centre is under way after a new project held its first meeting. The Dundee Business Improvement District (BID) project aims to help city centre businesses flourish by providing them with up to £700,000 of financial...
Monday, 02 October 2017
Love Gt Western Rd Emerging BID Exciting post for a multi talented individual or team.   The Gt Western Rd Traders Association is seeking a project team or individual  to take the lead in the development of the BID for Love Gt...
Thursday, 14 September 2017
Troon BID Consultation Manager role – Job advert Project Manager – Troon Business Improvement District (BID) Project Manager The role of the Project Manager will be to take the lead in the development of the Business Improvement District (BID)...
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Prospectus and application form for the Making Places initiative – the evolution of the Charrettes fund. Applications are open until Friday 13 October 2017. We have launched the 2017 to 2018 Making Places initiative to encourage communities to...
Monday, 11 September 2017
In just a few weeks business owners in Peterhead will make their voices heard in a vote that could change the future of the port. Plans for a business improvement district (Bid) project were unveiled back in May and have since garnered support from...
Monday, 11 September 2017
The event has now drawn to a close with thousands enjoying the public art trail. The BIG Stampede is over – but tens of thousands of people enjoyed the public art trail that brought ‘jungle fever’ to Hamilton. More than 100 giraffes, rhinos, lions,...
Monday, 11 September 2017
Watch the Video, plus KPI figures. Visit Falkirk Growth Fund - Film 2. Watch the Video by clicking the link   Agreed Claim Key Performance Indicators Progress to date and comment: Please provide any results detail of the monitoring...
Friday, 08 September 2017
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Friday, 14 July 2017
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A new service has been launched that seeks to address a visible problem with rough sleeping in Edinburgh. The Homeless Navigator Project is a new Comic Relief and Essential Edinburgh funded service within Cyrenians that aims to offer an alternative...
Friday, 08 September 2017
Performances by award-winning writers and musicians, comedy in the dark, a disco for babies… These are just some of the events on offer during the brand new Outwith Festival, taking place over four days in Dunfermline, from September 7 to 10. There’s...
Monday, 04 September 2017
The Book Festival is back for a second year, with fiction, fantasy, history and superheroes. The Byres Road Book Festival returns for its second year on September 22, with guests including Chris Brookmyre. The hub of the festival remains in the west...
Monday, 04 September 2017
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A century of Edinburgh’s colourful history as never seen before The Greater Grassmarket Business Improvement District (BID) has teamed up with Capital Collections to launch a free open-air, walking art exhibition in the Greater Grassmarket...
Thursday, 31 August 2017
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Generous shoppers helped good causes raise much-needed funds at Falkirk's annual Charities Day. Organised in partnership with the Rotary Club of Falkirk and Falkirk Delivers, more than 40 stall were busy trading on the High Street last Saturday. The...
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
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We asked key players to tell us, from their own experience, what they think Scotland can do to achieve the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership’s vision for the food and drink industry in 2030. Neil Forbes, chef proprietor, Cafe St Honoré, Edinburgh As a...
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
Inverurie Ltd - BID Manager Do you want to take the lead in making Inverurie Town Centre better? We Are Inverurie Ltd need to appoint a BID Manager to drive delivery of a £500,000 min 5 year BID Business Plan from 2017 - 2022 to benefit...
Friday, 18 August 2017
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A major redevelopment of an Aberdeen shopping complex has been backed by council planners. The owners of Bon Accord and St Nicholas centres have applied to expand the facility out to George Street. Included in the proposals would be an extension of...
Friday, 18 August 2017
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A night-time economy manager has been appointed in Aberdeen. Business-led initiative Aberdeen Inspired has named Nicola Johnston as the person to promote the city's nightlife. Miss Johnston is seen as being an important link between the licensed...
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
An ambitious £750,000 plan to transform Peterhead into a digital town centre with CCTV protection and free wi-fi for visitors has been unveiled. Rediscover Peterhead’s five-year initiative also includes a deep clean of the town’s shopping district,...
Thursday, 10 August 2017
If you’ve seen us speak at a conference lately, you’ve heard the news – tourism improvement districts are booming!   From humble beginnings in 1989, to a global phenomenon, tourism improvement districts are on the rise.  Let’s take a look...
Thursday, 10 August 2017
Restaurant Improvement Districts are the latest evolution of the business improvement district concept. In a restaurant improvement district, restaurant owners join forces to fund collective marketing efforts, events, and branding campaigns. Restaurant...
Thursday, 10 August 2017
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St Andrews Business Improvement District (BID) will be restructuring, as its current manager prepares for pastures new. Rhonda McCrimmon, BID manager, is stepping down from the role and will be replaced by two new employees, a business manager and an...
Monday, 07 August 2017
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In the Grassmarket they are bringing back their ambassadors for the second year running. They will be able to guide the public and answer any questions on everything from transport to history. They will promote local markets and heritage trails and...
Thursday, 03 August 2017
BID St Andrews are currently recruiting for two new positions; a Business Manager and a BID Administrator. The ideal candidates will be enthusiastic all-rounders who are flexible and imaginative. The roles will be based in St Andrews at the BID office at...
Wednesday, 02 August 2017
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Children in Carluke are being coaxed away from their computer screens and outdoors to play. Carluke’s business improvement district team is inviting them to learn, teach or play old street and playground games. After the success of its Easter fund,...
Monday, 31 July 2017
The man who swapped catching criminals for championing businesses says he is “sick fed up of Aberdeen playing second fiddle to the Central Belt”. Adrian Watson took over as chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired one year ago, following a 30-year career in...
Thursday, 27 July 2017
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A Falkirk project taking elderly people on cycle rides hopes to expand after a BBC video on the scheme went viral. Cycling Without Age Falkirk was the subject of a BBC3 Amazing Humans film which has been viewed more than 17 million times since...
Thursday, 27 July 2017
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Plan a night under the stars and enjoy Bill Forsyth in The Botanics from the 17th August. The Glasgow Botanic Gardens is set to be the backdrop for four nights of classic outdoor cinema screenings, celebrating the work of Glasgow’s very own Bill...
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
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Excitement is mounting as well over 50 head-turning vehicles head to Largs this summer Bank Holiday for the town’s Classic Car Festival to be staged on the famous Promenade on Sunday, August 6. There’s an amazing array of vehicles from older cars to...
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Free parking on Sundays and not charging drivers for the first 30 minutes are some of the proposals under consideration by a new council administration. The new coalition between the Tories, former Labour councillors and Independents is considering a...
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
The People and Communities Fund gives cash to projects including training, activities for young people and healthy eating initiatives. Housing Minister Kevin Stewart will announce the funding at the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, which will be...
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
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Investment in Paisley's heritage buildings and high street is a strong sign that ambitious heritage-led transformation plans are bringing a new lease of life to the town.  Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson took a tour round Paisley's town...
Wednesday, 26 July 2017