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Spotlight Promotional Opportunities with Edinburgh Gift Card - December 7, 2018

  FREE for BID members Essential Edinburg is working in partnership with Miconex to provide our BID members an exclusive …

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Essential Edinburgh To Run City Centre Treasure Hunt To Launch New Edinburgh Gift Card - December 5, 2018

It’s the season of giving, and so to celebrate the launch of the new Edinburgh Gift Card, Essential Edinburgh is …

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Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP and CCW Business Lawyers To Merge - November 5, 2018

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP (WJM) is further expanding in Scotland and consolidating and strengthening its East Coast practice by …

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The Great Time Game on Castle Street - October 11, 2018

The Great Time Game – a life-size, easy to play board game is ready to roll on Edinburgh’s Castle Street …

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The New Edinburgh City Centre Gift Card Has Launched - October 11, 2018

The new Edinburgh Gift Card has officially launched, exclusively to the Essential Edinburgh BID Area! What is it? The Edinburgh …

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September Issue of Essential Trends Now Availalbe - October 10, 2018

Essential Trends Issue 95

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Locals Encouraged To Find Their Sign Of A Great Time - October 9, 2018

In October 2018 we launched a new five-year marketing campaign, encouraging Edinburgh locals to re-discover all that is on offer …

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Silent Light headlines Edinburgh’s Christmas programme - October 3, 2018

  Following the great success of Street of Light in 2016 we are delighted to once again have worked very …

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Cyrenians launch five year partnership with Essential Edinburgh - August 27, 2018

Cyrenians has announced today a five-year partnership with Essential Edinburgh – Edinburgh’s central business improvement district. The homelessness prevention charity …

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Removal of elm tree from St Andrew Square Garden - July 11, 2018

  Essential Edinburgh has been advised by both Potter Tree Consultancy and the City of Edinburgh Council to remove an …

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George Street Summer Festival activity - July 11, 2018

Charlotte Square to Castle Street Road Closure On Saturday 28th July at midnight the Charlotte Square to Castle Street block of George …

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CEO Blog – Capital shopping is beating high street slump - July 5, 2018

The record-breaking ­support city centre ­businesses showed to their Business Improvement District last month was enormously gratifying to those of …

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Essential Edinburgh Supporting Cyrenians Campaign - June 29, 2018

To mark their 50th anniversary year, homelessness prevention charity Cyrenians are seeking £500,000 from businesses to support their work with …

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Major Edinburgh city centre marketing campaign to launch Autumn 2018 - June 6, 2018

£1m plan to draw in residents and locals now in development We today announced that our exciting, integrated £1m marketing …

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CEO Blog – You have again voted overwhelmingly to back your BID - June 6, 2018

You have again voted overwhelmingly to back your BID Thank you for once again voting Essential Edinburgh back in for …

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Record-Smashing Support For City Centre Business Improvement District - May 29, 2018

  An overwhelming majority of city centre businesses have voted to support the area’s successful Business Improvement District – with …

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CEO Blog – What does a Business Improvement District actually deliver? - May 18, 2018

What does a Business Improvement District actually deliver? Answering it is a bit like deciding on the length of a …

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Film Fest In The City – Three days of free outdoor screenings in St Andrew Square Garden - May 1, 2018

Film Fest in the City   Although the weather this year for Film Fest in the City 2018 didn’t reach …

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BID Scotland Award Essential Edinburgh Official Accreditation - April 19, 2018

Essential Edinburgh – the company which runs the city centre Business Improvement District – has received a timely thumbs-up for …

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The Essential Edinburgh renewal ballot is now open - April 12, 2018

The Essential Edinburgh renewal ballot is now open! Between 12th April and 24th May 2018 businesses in Edinburgh’s city centre …

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Drop in for a cuppa with our CEO - April 8, 2018

Join our CEO Roddy Smith at The East India Company on George Street on Thursday 12th April between 5pm and …

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Edinburgh’s Life & Style Weekend Returns to the Capital for 2018 - April 2, 2018

Edinburgh’s Life & Style Weekend Returns to the Capital for 2018   After a sell-out debut in 2017, Essential Edinburgh’s …

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Roddy Smith: These are exciting times for Edinburgh city centre - April 2, 2018

These are exciting times for Edinburgh, and in particular for our city centre. But as we look ahead in the …

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Zero Waste Scotland Workshop Invitation – Deposit Return Scheme - March 13, 2018

Zero Waste Scotland Workshop Invitation Deposit Return Scheme Where: Essential Edinburgh, 139 George Street, Edinburgh When: Thursday 22nd March, 10:30am   …

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Community Consultation Exhibition for the Proposed IMPACT Centre at St Andrew Square - March 7, 2018

Invitation from IMPACT Scotland: Second Community Consultation Exhibition for the Proposed IMPACT Centre, 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh Exhibition Venue:  …

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February Issue of Essential Trends Now available - February 28, 2018

Essential Trends Issue 88

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Captivating Lighting Experience Creating Zen Spaces Throughout the City Centre - February 23, 2018

Edinburgh is dazzling this February, with the launch of Edinburgh Lumen a stunning immersive visual and sound display to brighten …

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Bidding to be Best – How businesses improve the city centre experience - February 23, 2018

Bidding to be Best – How businesses improve the city centre experience By Essential Edinburgh CEO, Roddy Smith   Edinburgh’s …

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Red, Red Rose St – 25th to 27th January 2018 - January 19, 2018

RED, RED ROSE STREET RETURNS, BRINGING BURNS TO EDINBURGH THIS JANUARY Red, Red Rose Street, the festival of Burns’ music …

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Many hands make light work of enhancing the Capital for everyone - December 12, 2017

Many hands make light work of enhancing the Capital for everyone No less a leader than ­Winston Churchill said: “Christmas …

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Year in Review 2016 – 2017 - November 14, 2017

Take a look at the projects we’ve been working on in Edinburgh city centre during the penultimate year of our 2nd term, …

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Essential Edinburgh Win Place Marketing Award - November 1, 2017

We are delighted to have won the Place Marketing Award at the National BID Awards 2017 for our work with …

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Annual General Meeting 2017 - October 17, 2017

Essential Edinburgh Annual Review & Annual General Meeting 2016-2017 The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22 – 26 George Street Tuesday …

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Roddy Smith: There’s a lot going on behind the scenes to make Edinburgh festival city of the world - September 27, 2017

  The dust has now settled on another summer ­festival season, with this year being especially important as it was …

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Dedicated Partnership To Police City Centre - September 21, 2017

  An innovative new project will see businesses in Edinburgh city centre working closely with Police Scotland in a new …

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Festival activity on George Street for 70th anniversary summer - July 28, 2017

  This summer, for the 70th anniversary year of the Festivals, the City of Edinburgh Council and Essential Edinburgh will …

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Film Fest in the City was the perfect start for Edinburgh’s Summer Festivals - June 21, 2017

  The summer festivals are off to a flying start following the record-breaking weekend of free films in St Andrew …

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Feedback Sessions: Renewal Ballot 2018-2023 - June 15, 2017

  We have published our Draft Business Plan for our renewal ballot 2018-2023 and an official period of consultation has …

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Roddy Smith: Improving Edinburgh An Ongoing Business - June 1, 2017

  Over the past ten years, hundreds of businesses in Edinburgh city centre have been investing millions of pounds of …

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FilmFest In The City Programme Announced - May 4, 2017

16th – 18th June 2017 Back again by popular demand for the sixth year, Film Fest in the City is …

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Essential Edinburgh Launch New ‘Life & Style Edinburgh’ Event - April 27, 2017

  We are delighted to announce an exciting new ‘Life & Style Edinburgh’ event for the city this summer featuring …

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Getting the essentials right for a great capital city - April 12, 2017

  A year from today we will be seeking approval from Edinburgh city centre’s business community to deliver a range …

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Partnership working to reduce anti-social behaviour - April 7, 2017

An innovative partnership is tackling anti-social behaviour amongst young people in Edinburgh city centre – and the early signs are …

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Essential Edinburgh Wins Sustainability Development Award With Changeworks Recycling - March 1, 2017

  The success of Essential Edinburgh’s project with Social Enterprise, Changeworks Recycling was celebrated this week at the annual Business …

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Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows: Lighting Spectacle Coming to Edinburgh in February - February 3, 2017

This year is the 250th anniversary of the adoption of James Craig’s New Town plan, a pivotal event in the …

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Police Scotland’s #OpPenitant in Edinburgh City Centre - January 27, 2017

Another individual was arrested last night following targeted patrols and a related house was searched by community officers in the …

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Scottish Assesors Publish New Rateable Values for 2017 – Check Online - January 23, 2017

  The Scottish Assessors have now published the proposed revaluation of rateable value (RV) on their website www.saa.gov.uk. To check your …

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Red, Red Rose Street brings Burns to Edinburgh this January - January 13, 2017

RED, RED ROSE STREET BRINGS BURNS TO EDINBURGH THIS JANUARY Red, Red Rose Street, a new Edinburgh festival of Burns’ …

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It’s A Wrap For 2016 - December 22, 2016

A Message From Our CEO To Our Levy-Payers I am delighted that our city centre has been so vibrant this …

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Essential Edinburgh Christmas Opening Hours - December 22, 2016

The Essential Edinburgh office will be closed on the 26th December 2016 and 2nd January 2017. You can contact the …

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Essential Edinburgh supports city’s first-ever social channels launch in China - December 19, 2016

Essential Edinburgh supports city’s first-ever social channels launch in China Edinburgh’s record-breaking growth in Chinese visitors looks set to continue …

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Essential Edinburgh presented with national environmental award - December 16, 2016

  Essential Edinburgh Presented with National Environmental Award Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has accredited Essential Edinburgh with a Silver …

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The Capital’s city centre paved with golden advice - December 14, 2016

  Edinburgh’s festive go-ers are being urged to look down for some sage advice – in a bid to stamp …

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November Issue of Essential Trends Now Available - November 30, 2016

Read the latest edition of Essential Trends

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Enjoy Christmas on Rose Street - November 18, 2016

Enjoy Rose Street’s fun and festive holiday activity including quirky carol singing, an impressive Snowglobe and stilt walkers across the …

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Essential Edinburgh – Annual General Meeting 2016 - November 3, 2016

  Essential Edinburgh – Annual General Meeting 2016 Tuesday 15th November 2016, 8.30 am – The Royal Society Edinburgh You …

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Business Feedback Survey - October 21, 2016

For almost 10 years we have been successfully delivering your chosen projects and initiatives. In 2018 the voting process starts …

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£50m revamp planned for Princes Street BHS - July 21, 2016

The store in Princes Street is set to be transformed into two new shops, a hotel and a rooftop restaurant. …

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Parliament welcomes the Traditional Building Skills event in St Andrew Sq - June 8, 2016

A  motion submitted today in parliament by MSP Gordon MacDonald welcomed the recent traditional building skills event in St Andrews …

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Edinburgh 20mph Speed Limits – first signs and lines going down - June 6, 2016

Edinburgh 20mph Speed Limits – first signs and lines going down Edinburgh is the first city in Scotland implementing a …

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St Andrew Square Food Trader Application Forms 2016 - April 8, 2016

Please find below a message and documents from Salt ‘n‘ Sauce Promotions Ltd regarding applications for stalls at The Stand …

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Information Update on Edinburgh St James Development - April 1, 2016

Download the Paving The Way PDF for a quick reference guide to the essential, phased works being undertaken to transform the heart …

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THIS IS EDINBURGH CAMPAIGN HAILED £50M SUCCESS - February 5, 2016

This is Edinburgh campaign smashes targets & reignites pride of local residents Marketing Edinburgh, Essential Edinburgh and the City of …

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Major art installation comes to St Andrew Sq - January 21, 2016

Stick-figures to set St Andrew Square alight An invasion of stop-motion stick-figures will create a spectacle of light when a …

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The Rose Street Project - November 24, 2015

ROSE STREET TO CELEBRATE CREATIVE CHRISTMAS One of Edinburgh’s shopping gems is to present a creative Christmas this year – …

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August Essential Trends; Issue 59 now available - September 1, 2015

Essential Trends Issue 59 now available

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Essential Trends Issue 58 now available - August 12, 2015

Essential Trends, Issue 58 now available

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Police Scotland – Edinburgh Festivals Newsletter Week 1 - July 29, 2015

Edinburgh Division, Police Scotland have created a weekly newsletter, originally created to support the Government’s CONTEST strategy but now includes other elements that …

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Farm to Fork – celebrating 15 years of Edinburgh Farmers’ Market - June 25, 2015

Farm to Fork on Tuesday 23rd June in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh kicked off the 15th anniversary celebrations of Edinburgh …

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Essential Trends, Issue 56 now available - June 2, 2015

Essential Trends, Issue 56 now available

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Visit Scotland & Edinburgh Farmers’ Market - June 2, 2015

Visit Scotland’s latest advert takes in the beautiful Edinburgh Farmers’ Market. Click on the link below to see the full …

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Partnership is Central to city’s Progress - April 7, 2015

Ford’s perfect blueprint for any organisation that wants to get people working together suits us just fine, writes Roddy Smith …

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Edinburgh Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy - March 18, 2015

Richard Worrall a Chartered Physiotherapist has located Edinburgh Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy at Edinburgh Dental Specialists on Rose Street. He …

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Edinburgh Fashion Week - March 5, 2015

Edinburgh becomes the catwalk capital from 7th-15th March 2015 when it celebrates the city’s unique style and diverse shopping experience. …

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St James Centre in Edinburgh: Images of new hotel released - March 4, 2015

Images of how the new hotel at the St James development in Edinburgh will look have been released showing it …

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Essential Trends Issue 53 Now available - March 3, 2015

Essential Trends 53-low res

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Zero Waste Scotland - February 19, 2015

The 5p single-use carrier bag charge was introduced in October last year as part of the Scottish Government’s ongoing drive …

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Essential Updates January Newsletter Now Available - January 29, 2015

Click on image or Essential Updates Newsletter to read the full Issue

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Please bear with us while we reinstate the Garden following the Christmas activities - January 21, 2015

All events in St Andrew Square Garden that affect the grass or plants are required, as part of their terms, …

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New Trade Waste rules to be introduced - January 7, 2015

What you need to know Changes Approved The Trade Waste Report recommendations were all approved at the council Committee meeting on 28th …

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Celebrating 100th anniversary of the First World War through art - July 29, 2014

Miniature war sculpture set to make a big impact in Edinburgh To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First World …

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St Andrew Square Coffee Pavilion comment - June 25, 2014

Andy Neal, Chief Executive of Essential Edinburgh said: “We have been placed in a position where, regrettably, we have had …

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St Andrew Square Update - June 25, 2014

To ensure there can be no confusion regarding the future operators of the coffee pavilion, a temporary operator will be …

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Essential Trends Issue 40 now available - February 1, 2014

BID Market Intelligence

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