I supported the Greater Grassmarket BID and it certainly increased positive awareness of the area. A new bigger stronger BID would make a difference to the Old Town's general appeal and benefit everyone.


Paul Green

Regional Manager of G1 Group -  Scotsman Hotel, Three Sisters, Grassmarket Hotel

Edinburgh’s Old Town encompasses heritage, leisure, retail and hospitality ventures which are unique and attract millions of visitors each year. I fully support proposals to establish a Business Improvement District centred around the Old Town, should local interest permit. It is so important that those attractions and businesses that operate in this UNESCO World Heritage site have a direct say in the improvements and services that are offered.


Ruth Davidson

Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh Central

After 20 years trading in the Old Town it is clear to me that, as the main beneficiaries, business led improvements for visitors, residents and employees are necessary. As visitor numbers to the area increase the council budget is unfortunately stagnating and they are unable to provide much more than basic services. I therefore believe a BID would provide the collective responsibility to continue to develop our beautiful area for everyone's benefit.


James McGregor
The Royal McGregor - Whisky Bar & Restaurant

As an independent retailer with two sites in the Old Town, one within the Greater Grassmarket BID and the other out with I have seen the positive difference that can be made when businesses work together to make things better.

I think a new larger scale, stronger BID could benefit hundreds of additional Old Town businesses by investing in projects and activities that they collectively identify as having the potential to improve our unique trading environment.  


Andrew McRae
Context Interiors


The Old Town area is one of the key areas for tourism activity in Edinburgh and includes traditional tourism businesses as well as support services such as food and drink outlets and retail. Coming together as a BID, the area would be able to speak with a coherent and strong voice and would be heard more clearly by other stakeholders in the city. Furthermore, The BID could have access to funding streams such as Visit Scotland’s Growth Fund, which assist with targeted marketing

Visit Scotland would be happy to engage with local businesses during the period of consultation and would continue to do so if the BID was indeed successful.


Manuela Calchini
Regional Partnerships Director - South of Scotland
Regional Director Edinburgh, The Lothians and Fife
Visit Scotland


As a business with premises in the Old Town and recognising its importance to the capital city of Scotland's visitor economy I would be supportive of a business improvement district to allow for further investment in the area which will help all the businesses to thrive in the long term and increase its attractiveness to both customers, residents and employees alike.

Robin Worsnop Chief Executive - Rabbie's
Chair - Mara Seaweed,  Chair - Edinburgh Tourism Action Group


Edinburgh World Heritage supports the idea of the Old Town BID as a way of improving the environment of the Old Town for residents and businesses alike. The BID will provide a clear set of priorities to focus activities and the attention of politicians, residents and businesses around, and will allow EWH to work in partnership with the BID to use its limited project funding more effectively.


Adam Wilkinson
Edinburgh World Heritage

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Marketing Edinburgh, as the official body which promotes Edinburgh to the world, would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with a BID to attract visitors to the Old Town. The Old Town and its architecture and history are among the top reasons why visitors come to the city and highlighting the unique aspects of Edinburgh's ancient streets  and distinct neighbourhoods could really boost the specialist independent businesses there.


John Donnelly
Director - Marketing Edinburgh