Overview

A Business Improvement District (BID) is an arrangement where businesses identify opportunities to the benefit of their own activities in their local area.

Overview

A Business Improvement District (BID) is an arrangement where businesses identify opportunities to the benefit of their own activities in their local area.

On 1st July 2008 Essential Edinburgh was formed following a positive Business Improvement District ballot result being recorded. Following a positive renewal ballot on 24th May 2018, the third term of the BID commenced on 1st July 2018 and will run until 30th June 2023.

Essential Edinburgh’s vision is:

To ensure that Edinburgh city centre excels as a place to work, a place to do business, a place to shop and a place to visit.

Essential Edinburgh’s objectives are to:

  • Maintain a determined focus on supporting city centre business to increase customer numbers and revenue
  • Ensure the delivery of world-class environmental services within the city centre
  • Proactively market Edinburgh city centre as a world-class business, retail and tourism destination
  • Facilitate collaborative and productive relationships between city centre businesses and the public sector