Business Improvement Districts Scotland (BIDS) has been established to support and encourage the development of Business Improvement Districts across Scotland and to aid the regeneration and asset management of our towns, cities and villages.
BIDS leads the Scottish Government’s BID programme which included the development of pathfinder BIDS in Clackmannanshire, Bathgate, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow and Inverness. All pathfinder BIDs have now been to ballot with Bathgate becoming the first BID in Scotland and Inverness the first city centre BID as well as being the first BID in the UK to involve property owners in the BID strategy. The Clackmannanshire BID is the first commercial BID in Scotland, the first county wide BID and the first commercial BID in the UK to involve property owners in the BID strategy. Clackmannanshire became the first local authority area in Scotland to have two BIDs in operation when Alloa town centre was successful at the ballot on the 16th October 2008. More details on these BIDS can be found at ‘BID Projects’.