About Us

Our Vision
Our goal is to support Improvement Districts across Scotland to deliver inclusive local economic growth by providing national strategic guidance, delivering training and practical support and building strong national partnerships.

Improvement Districts, the next generation of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), seek to provide a vehicle for local businesses to work together with other public and private sector partners to improve local economies and, by extension, local communities in a variety of contexts. At their heart, they are the realisation of a meaningful corporate – community – public partnership working collaboratively to deliver better local economic and social outcomes.

Successful and thriving Improvement Districts working together across the whole of Scotland, supported by Scotland’s Improvement Districts, are a vital delivery mechanism for a dynamic, prosperous and inclusive Scotland.

To read an overview on progress made in the first six months since the launch of SIDs, published in May 2019 by National Programme Director Phil Prentice, please click here.

You can also watch a video introduction to the work and role of Scotland’s Improvement Districts, featuring National Programme Director Phil Prentice and Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Communities, Aileen Campbell MSP (click image below to view in YouTube).

Welcome to Scotland’s Improvement Districts

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About Improvement Districts

Improvement Districts, formerly Business Improvement Districts, were launched in 2006. With approximately forty in existence across Scotland, they have a strong track record of delivery over the last ten years.

About SIDs

Scotland’s Improvement Districts, part of the Scotland’s Towns Partnership project, launched alongside the new generation of Improvement Districts in Autumn 2018.

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