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Tuesday, March 06, 2024

Scotland signs up to British BIDs

British BIDs today announced that a formal agreement has been reached with the entire pilot Business Improvement Districts initiative in Scotland, which will result in them becoming full members of the organisation.

There are currently six areas running pilots in Scotland and it is hoped that they will go to ballot shortly after the legislative framework is put into place - scheduled for April 2007.

Dr Julie Grail, Chief Executive and co-founder of British BIDs said of the news, "This represents another exciting step forward for our organisation. We have already got across the board representation from stakeholders, developing and existing BIDs in England, but by reaching agreement with all the Scottish pilots we can ensure that two-way cross border learning can be expedited and that we can provide a cohesive and effective support for these as they move towards, and beyond, the ballot process."

Ian Davison Porter, Project Director for Business Improvement Districts Scotland, said of the decision "Whilst the legislation is different in Scotland than in England and Wales we recognise the value of both UK and international co operation and the sharing of best practice.

As Business Improvement Districts in Scotland we believe that strong partnerships across the UK between organisations with similar aims and ambitions for the establishment and further development of the BID strategy are essential. We are therefore very pleased to join British BIDs and be available to give our support and advice to those businesses who wish to become involved in BIDs."

The six pilot schemes are town centre BIDs located in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk, Inverness and Bathgate, together with an industrial BID in Clackmannanshire.