BIDs Scotland Gathering 2016

30th March 2016

Perth Concert Hall 

BIDs Scotland is hosting its Annual Gathering on the 30th March 2016 at Perth Concert Hall. Building on last year, which was the biggest Gathering ever held in Scotland, we anticipate that this year’s will be bigger still.  Located in the superb Perth Concert Hall; offering an excellent programme including headliners, Deputy First Minister John Swinney and John Lambeth, President and CEO of CIVITAS, USA; combined with this being a celebratory 10th year of Business Improvement Districts in Scotland, we expect demand for places to be high.  This year’s event will focus on the further development of the BID model in Scotland and how BIDs can help transform local communities and grow the local economy. 

This is a once a year only opportunity to join around 200 senior professionals with direct influence and responsibility for delivering BIDs, policy making and strategic delivery across Scotland, creating a unique space in which to engage with local and national government including politicians and officers, as well as a wide range of key stakeholders and representative bodies.

Admission is free of charge but places are strictly on a first come first served basis.

To book your place, register here or contact Yvonne Prager now at [email protected] or telephone or text 07801 354591.

For matters relating to sponsorship, exhibition space and event management please contact Elaine Bone at [email protected]



0900 - 1000  Coffee, Breakfast Rolls and Exhibition

Happy Anniversary! – 10 Years of Strengthening Communities and Economic Growth

Host: Keith Aitken, Broadcaster and Journalist

1000              The 10th Anniversary Film - the journey so far

1005              Welcome - Ian Davison Porter, Director, BIDs Scotland

1015              Ministerial Address

John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth

1035              BIDs in Context

                      Ross Martin, Chief Executive, SCDI

1050              BIDs in Practice: Delivering for People, Place and Business - Aberdeen

                      Gary Craig, Chief Executive, Aberdeen Inspired

1105              BIDs in Practice: Delivering for People, Place and Business - Dunblane

           Tom Casey, Chair, Discover Dunblane

1120             Quickfire Question Time with Ross, Gary and Tom.

1130             BIDs in Focus – Fringe Events (coffee served)

A chance to find out in more detail about the opportunities a BID creates. Book any one of the following options in advance.

1. Next Generation BIDs

Fringe Host: Colin Borland, Head of External Affairs, FSB Scotland (invited)

Featuring Alex Fleming, BID Manager, Falkirk Delivers and Roddy Smith, Chief Executive, Essential Edinburgh

2. A Sustainable Growth Model for the Tourism Sector

Fringe Host: Marc Crothall, Chief Executive, Scottish Tourism Alliance (invited)  

Featuring Graeme Ambrose, Chief Executive, Visit Inverness Loch Ness, Stephen Leckie, Chair, Crieff Succeeds and Chair, Scottish Tourism Alliance and John Lambeth, CEO and President, Civitas USA.

3. Supporting Young People: Education, Skills and Support for Work and Life 

Fringe Host: Geoff Leask, Chief Executive, Young Enterprise Scotland

Featuring a variety of BID projects supporting young people.

4. A UK (and possibly World!) First – Scotland’s Food and Drink BIDs

Fringe Host: Scotland Food and Drink (invited)

Maggie Mitchell, Manager, Queensferry Ambition and Food and Drink BID Consultant. Business person to be announced. 

1230 - 1400 Lunch, Exhibition and Land Train

The Future of BIDs

1400              Session to be announced.

1420              Neighbourhood Improvement Districts

The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag, DIHK)                       

1445              Growing the Tourism Sector with TBIDs

                      John Lambeth, CEO and President, Civitas USA

1510              Discussion

1525              Robert Pollock, Chair, Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS)

1545              CLOSE       

March 30, 2016 at 9am - 3:45pm
Perth Concert Hall

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