Voting Starts in Dundee ‘BID’ Campaign

The time has come for almost 450 Dundee city centre businesses to kick-start a brighter future, as voting gets underway for a Business Improvement District (BID).

City centre businesses prepare to vote!  Courtesy of The Courier ©D C Thomson & Co Ltd

City centre businesses prepare to vote!
Courtesy of The Courier ©D C Thomson & Co Ltd

As of Tuesday 24 February 2015, businesses within the BID District can cast their vote for the independent initiative which, supported by levy payers within the city centre, will invest over £1.6M into enhancing the commercial heart of the city during the next five years. More than 50% of businesses will pay less than £1.50 per day commit to the fund.

Giving businesses a strong voice, Dundee BID will ensure that the centre fulfils its potential and importantly allows businesses to action change on their own terms.  Owners of businesses ranging from independent and national shops and restaurants to cafes and bars, as well as landlords of vacant properties, have until Tuesday 7 April 2015 to cast their vote.

At present, there are 182 BIDS throughout the UK, 28 of which are in Scotland, representing 16,500 businesses.  They have a 100% success rate at being voted into a second term and the total investment they are now making into our urban centres is over £34M.  With 30 BIDS currently in development, this week will also hear the results of three other Scottish BID ballots – Glasgow Byres Road, Dunblane and Stirling.

In Dundee, following a year-long in-depth consultation involving both businesses and customers, four objectives have been created – ‘Growth through marketing, events and promotion, ‘Managing the streets – improved safety and security’, ‘An enhanced trading environment and ‘Looking after business’.   Crucially, the BID will only spend money on services which are in addition to those provided by Dundee City Council, Police Scotland and other public sector bodies.

Jon Walton, Chairman, BID Steering Group said, “The investment in Dundee over the next five to ten years will  complete  an incredible transformation and we believe Dundee BID should take the lead in matching expectations and delivering a vibrant city centre for those who visit, live and work in our city.

“By supporting the BID, the business community will, for the first time, be investing in a pot of funds ring-fenced to be spent right here in Dundee city centre, for the benefit of business, which can be used to promote, steer and create positive change and therefore increase trade, ensuring that we remain not just a key regional  destination but a true world-class city.” 

For more information, please contact Neil Cooney, BID Consultant – telephone (01382) 434642, email or visit, where a copy of the Dundee BID Business plan is also available.



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