An opportunity has arisen to create an exciting new Business Improvement District (BID). A steering group made up of a number of businesses based in the Old Town is conducting consultations in the area to explore the level of interest in creating an Old Town BID. Such a BID would have the scale, reach and influence to help shape the policies and decisions which so impact on the economic performance of the area. It would have the funding and organisational support to initiate and deliver projects that would ensure that this unique place was sufficiently well marketed and maintained to compete with global visitor destinations into the 2020s. 


A consultation period lasting several months began in April. The Steering Group will lead the consultation and make sure that the Business Proposal which emerges truly reflects the priorities identified by you. Your views will be sought on what your issues, concerns and opportunities are. How important is safety and security, litter and street-cleaning, waste and re-cycling?  How important are activities and events, branding and raising awareness? How beneficial would representation, support and communication be? Would working with other businesses and enhancing the area’s reputation be an attractive opportunity?


You can contribute to discussion on where the boundary should be, how the levy is calculated and how it should be invested.



Have your say and take the survey - click here

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James McGregor - Old Town BID Consultation Chairman

Steering Group Members


James McGregor, The Royal McGregor

Vice Chairman

Andrew McCrae, Context Interiors


Fawns Reid, Fabhatrix

Lezley Marion Cameron, Councillor

Martin Clarke, Edinburgh Woolen Mill

Aga Firat, Cockburn Café

Jim Galloway, Economic Development

Rachel Gregson, Bruce Group Scotland

Fiona Rankin, Edinburgh World Heritage

Vivienne Robinson, Economic Development, CEC 

Project Manager

Jocelyne Fleming