Wednesday March 30, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM BST
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Perth Concert Hall 
Mill Street
Perth PH1 5HZ
United Kingdom

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Elaine Bone 
BIDs Scotland 

07801 354591  elaine@bids-scotland.com  

Yvonne Prager 
BIDs Scotland

07754 177904  yvonne@bids-scotland.com 

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Opportunities for this year's Gathering are now fulfilled. To find out more about sharing and profiling what you do at the BIDs Scotland Gathering in 2017 contact BIDs Scotland on 0131 629 0065.



The BIDs Scotland Gathering 2016 

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, Ross Martin, SCDI CEO, Eva Bamberg, Director, Vibrant Places, Sweden, Tine Fuchs of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and John Lambeth, President and CEO of CIVITAS, USA; combined with this being a celebratory 10th year of Business Improvement Districts in Scotland, demand for places is high.  Hosted by Keith Aitken, Broadcaster and Journalist, 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.


0900 - 1000 Coffee, Breakfast Rolls and Exhibition 

Host: Keith Aitken, Broadcaster and Journalist

1000 The 10th Anniversary Film - the journey so far 

1005 Welcome - Ian Davison Porter, Director, BIDs Scotland 

1015 BIDs in Context Ross Martin, Chief Executive, SCDI 

1030 BIDs in Sweden - Learning from Scotland - Eva Bamberg, Director, Vibrant Places, Sweden 

1045 Delivering for People, Place and Business: Aberdeen Inspired - Gary Craig, Chief Executive, Aberdeen Inspired 

1100 Neighbourhood Improvement Districts - Tine Fuchs, Director Urban Development, Land-use Planning, National Consumer Policy & Planning Law, Association of German Chambers of Commerce 

1120 - 1135 -  Question Time 

1145 - 1230 -  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: Barry McCulloch, Senior Policy Adviser, FSB Scotland 
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  
Featuring Graeme Ambrose, Chief Executive, Visit Inverness Loch Ness and Stephen Leckie, Board Member, Crieff Succeeds and Chair, Scottish Tourism Alliance, and joined by 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 Tom Casey, Chair, Discover Dunblane, joined by Richard Noakes, Deputy Head of Dunblane High School, Nicola Tonner representing Queensferry Ambition and Gill Neill, Elgin BID Manager.

 4. A UK (and possibly World!) First – Scotland’s Food and Drink BIDs                                          Fringe Host: Maggie Mitchell, East Lothian Food and Drink BID.                                                            Featuring Fiona Richmond, Project Manager, Scotland Food &  Drink, Louise Elder, Owner, Black & Gold  Oil and Gemma Slight, East Lothian Food and Drink Programme Coordinator, East Lothian Council.

1230 – 1400 Lunch, Exhibition and Land Train 

1400 Delivering for People, Place and Business: Discover Dunblane - Tom Casey, Chair, Discover  Dunblane  

1415 Connecting Communities - James Ledgerwood, Head of Economic Development, ScotRail 

1430 Growing the Tourism Sector with TBIDs John Lambeth, CEO and President, Civitas USA 

1450 BIDs in Scotland - The Next Generation - Robert Pollock, Chair, Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS)

1505 Question Time and Closing Remarks

1520 Anniversary Drinks Reception (Close 16:00)  


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Testimonials for previous BIDs Scotland Gatherings:

“I gained massively from networking with upcoming AND established BIDs. I was also inspired to organise a food festival!” – BID Manager,

“I enjoyed it because – It was inspiring to see local businesses and partnerships take ownership and action for making things happen in their community.” – Council Economic Development Manager,

“It triggered ideas for improving in future by learning from BIDs managers’ and policymakers’ practical solutions in the present.”  Council officer,

“Goodness 20 words doesn’t give room to say it was a great day away from the office to return invigorated! The best bit about the Gathering and all BID events is the networking with our ever-growing BID family.” – BID Manager.