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