A BID operates when businesses in a defined area vote to invest collectively in local improvements over and
above those provided by statutory authorities. It is a legal arrangement where the local business community and other partners work together on projects that will benefit those local businesses. More than that, our West End BID is an opportunity for all of us in our business community to work together, seize the initiative, and shape our future in the West End. Our businesses can take the lead in the delivery of a range of projects and services that would not happen without the collective BID.The West End Edinburgh BID, which is the official name of our business, was incorporated on 14 December 2015. The BID will be in place until 31 July 2020, when the BID will be lobby for a second term.
Edinburgh’s West End BID is focused on retail, service and hospitality businesses in the historical West End district of Edinburgh where it adjoins the neighbouring BID area of Essential Edinburgh. Edinburgh’s West End BID Steering Group agreed that busi- nesses in Scottish Assessors Association (SAA) descriptions Shop, Restaurant, Public House, Nursery, Guest House, Hotel, Surgery, Salon, Clinic, Betting Shop, Bank, Hostel, Cafe, Night Club, Amusement Centre and Supermarket will be liable for the levy.