Frequently Asked Questions

A Business Improvement District involves businesses working together and investing collectively in local improvements, in addition to those delivered by the statutory authorities.

These improvements will benefit the businesses involved whilst contributing to the wider aspirations of the local residential community and contribute to growing the local economy. A BID, which is funded by the non-domestic sector, allows for partnership working with statutory authorities to deliver a wider variety of projects and services to improve the local economy.

It also gives local businesses a unified voice and provides an arena for businesses and local authorities to increase their understanding of each other’s priorities. A BID gives businesses a voice in the future direction and development of their own business environment. A BID can cover almost any project or service that local businesses agree would be of benefit, as long as these are above and beyond services provided by the statutory authorities.
The local business community identifies a requirement for a capital project or services that will have a positive impact on the trading environment. It defines the geographic area of the BID and develops a business plan that details the project/services to be delivered.

The plan identifies how much money is required to be raised to deliver the business plan, how it will be allocated, how the project will be delivered, managed, and the monitoring procedures. The Local Authority is responsible for organising the vote on the proposed plan.

All eligible (rateable value 10K and over) organisations within the BID pay an annual levy that equates to 1.25% of the property’s non-domestic rateable value.

Go Forth Stirling seeks to attract matched funding or contributions in kind to support individual projects and services.

The BID Business Plan is put to a democratic secret postal ballot of the eligible persons (property owners and or occupiers) and if the majority vote in favour, all eligible persons liable to pay the non-domestic rate are liable for the levy.

BIDs in Scotland are underpinned by:

  • The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006
  • The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (Business Improvement Districts Levy) Order 2007
  • The Business Improvement Districts (Scotland) Regulations 2007
  • The Business Improvement Districts (Ballot Arrangements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007
  • The Business Improvement Districts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 No 510
  • The Business Improvement Districts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 No 359

The legislation in relation to the development of a BID is very flexible and allows BIDs in a number of diverse ways to help bring about strong local partnerships and positive change contributing to sustainable economic growth.

Get involved. By being involved and working with others to help deliver change and improvement to your local area. A BID provides a structure and finance to be able to get things done which are going to benefit the businesses and their employees. The most progressive BIDs in Scotland have a committed Board of Directors working within a strong local partnership with their local authority and other bodies to deliver improvement, working together to find solutions, with each understanding the priorities and concerns of the other.

You can always email or contact us via Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Our phone office  & Whatsapp phone number is 07469781041. We are often out and about so, if you can, use Whatsapp or if we don't answer our landline, leave a voicemail with your phone number and we will get back to you.

Yes, you can take benefit from some of the BID projects and will, obviously, benefit from any marketing of Stirling City centre undertaken by Go Forth Stirling.

If your rateable value is below £10,000 or your business is outwith the BID zone, you can become a voluntary levy payer. You can find more information about the voluntary levy scheme under the get involved section of our website.

We pay Stirling Council to deal with our billing as our levy is linked to the rateable value and Stirling Council already has the required information and tools to make the billing process happen.

We are not Stirling Council's organisation and work to deliver services in addition to theirs.

You can find our accounts at Companies House.

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