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


Telephone - 0131 629 0065

Email - ian.davisonporter@bids-scotland.com


For matters relating to Marketing, Communications, Social Media and Administration please contact Alison MacKenzie Jones at alison@bids-scotland.com

Employment Opportunities with BIDs in Scotland


Business Improvement Districts Scotland (BIDs Scotland)

Job Title: Administration Officer

Business Improvement Districts Scotland is the national organisation and voice for BIDs in Scotland, providing support, advice and encouragement to business groups, communities, local authorities and other agencies and bodies considering and developing a business improvement district (a BID).

BIDs Scotland is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, capable and experienced Administration Officer.

Working from home but with travel to different locations in Scotland you’ll be joining the fastest growing BIDs organsiation across the four countries of the UK.

For more details of the position Click here

Remuneration: £19890.00 per annum

Hours per Week: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: 21st April


Paisley First BID: Vacancy Details (S1 Jobs)

Job Title: Project Leader  

Paisley First Business Improvement District has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Project Leader who will lead on the development and delivery of projects within Paisley Town Centre.

Working with the Paisley First Team, the successful applicant will play their part in the successful delivery of projects which are contained within the Paisley First Business Plan.

The ideal candidate will have strong attention to detail, exceptional project management skills gained within events / business and community engagement, and be a highly organised individual with excellent written and communication skills.

Renumeration: Range from £20,000 per annum, dependant on experience 
Hours per Week: 
37 hours per week until January 2020 (subject to project renewall)

Applications to be submitted via S1 Jobs.

Closing date: Friday 21st April 


Lanark BID: Job Advertisement

Job Title: Project Manager 

Lanark Community Development Trust has carried out feasibility work to determine the viability of a BID for the Lanark area. They now wish to recruit a Project Manager to take them through the development phase and to secure BID status for the Lanark BID.

BIDs are a major new economic growth policy to Scotland. Originating in Canada, the primary aim is to give the business community greater influence in their town, to determine projects that they consider will improve their trading environment and which they will ultimately manage and deliver through the formation of a BID Company. BID projects seek to improve footfall, investment and help improve the economic, environmental and social vibrancy of an area.

You will lead a major consultation exercise to establish the issues and concerns and priorities of businesses, develop the BID Business Plan, lead the ballot campaign and all other phases of the BID programme of work to secure a positive ballot and the creation of a Business Improvement District. You will need to be the front face of the project and will need to be 100 % committed to the process.

You will be self-motivated, task orientated with a passion to succeed. You will need excellent interpersonal and communication skills, tact and diplomacy, project management experience and ideally have an insight into marketing. You will need to juggle a variety of tasks and work well under pressure. The post will be demanding but varied, with scope for personal development. This is a new and exciting business and career and is not a job for the fainthearted.

We can offer flexible working hours and when successful the opportunity to develop your career in this new and expanding field. An excellent support network will also be available.

Renumeration: One year contract of £24,000

For more information, send your CV with a letter of application to Graeme McLeish at gm@f2s.com

Closing date: Friday 28th April, noon 


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 Alison MacKenzie Jones at alison@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.