Renewal Ballot 2018

In April 2018 the renewal ballot will open and all eligible businesses will be asked to vote on the continuation to a third term for the BID.

Renewal Ballot 2018

Renewal process

Essential Edinburgh BID operates on a five year term, with a renewal ballot taking place in the final year of the term. Essential Edinburgh was formed following a positive initial ballot in May 2008, and continued into a second term in 2013 following a second successful ballot. In April 2018 voting will open for the third term of Essential Edinburgh with the result being published in May 2018.

The Draft Business Plan for the third BID term was formed from research and feedback provided by levy paying BID businesses. An official period of consultation on the draft plan began in May and concluded on 31st October 2017. During this time, we were able to develop an even better understanding of all our businesses needs and are now developing a Business Plan for the next five years that will help us to support your businesses and allow Edinburgh’s city centre to thrive.

We have set up a dedicated renewal ballot website for you to keep abreast of the renewal progress.

If you would like more information on what we can do for your business now and in our next term, then you can always contact a member of our team and we’ll be happy to come to you. We can also be reached by email at or call 0131 220 8580.

For full details about the renewal process, timeline, Draft Business Plan and FAQs please click here.