Business Improvement Districts

Business Improvement Districts (BID) are created where local businesses see the opportunity to invest collectively to help make local improvements which will benefit the local community.

They are developed, managed and paid for by the business sector by means of a compulsory BID levy which the businesses within the proposed BID area must vote in favour of before the BID can be established. 

Each business liable to contribute to the BID will be able to vote on whether or not the BID goes ahead.

The BID ballot process

This is a confidential postal ballot commissioned by the Ballot Holder.  The BID ballot procedure is conducted in accordance with the Buisness Improvement (Scotland) Regulations 2007. 

For the BID to be successful, there must be a minimum of 25 per cent turnout by the number of businesses and by combined rateable value. Of those that vote, over 50 per cent by number and 50 per cent by combined rateable value must vote in favour of the BID.


Proposed renewal of the Tourism Business Improvement District for Visit Inverness Loch Ness

A ballot is to be held on the proposal to renew the Visit Inverness Loch Ness Tourism Business Improvement District (BID) for a further 5 year period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2024.

The ballot will again be conducted entirely by post on behalf of the Ballot Holder, Donna Manson, who is The Highland Council’s Chief Executive, by the Independent Scrutineer, Electoral Reform Services (ERS) of 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW.

The notice of election will be published here on Thursday, 10 January 2019.

Ballot papers will be sent no later than Thursday 24 January 2019 to those eligible to vote, for return to ERS by no later than 5pm on Thursday 7 March 2019 (the “day of the ballot”). 

The count will take place on Friday 8 March 2019 and the result will be announced at 2.30pm that day.

The BID arrangements and proposals will be described in detail in the BID Business Plan, which will be issued to those eligible to receive a ballot paper, and copies area also available on request from Graeme Ambrose, Chief Executive Officer, Visit Inverness Loch Ness Ltd, c/o Forestry Commission, Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness, IV2 7NL; Email graeme@visitiln.com or tel 01463 219219.

Further information on Visit Inverness Loch Ness Tourism BID can be obtained from their web-site www.visitinvernesslochness.com/

Proposed Business Improvement District for Nairn 

A ballot was held on the proposal to introduce a Business Improvement District (BID) for Nairn.

The ballot was conducted entirely by post on behalf of the Ballot Holder, Steve Barron, who is The Highland Council’s Chief Executive, by the Independent Scrutineer, Electoral Reform Services (ERS) of 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW.  Ballot papers were sent to all eligible voters in the Nairn BID area.

The result of the ballot is as follows

Further information on the BID proposals and plans can be obtained from Liam Christie by email liam@nairnconnects.com or telephone 07521 904 436.


Proposed renewal of the Business Improvement District for Inverness

A ballot was held on the proposal to renew the Business Improvement District (BID) for the Inverness City Centre for a further 5 year period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2023.

The ballot was conducted entirely by post on behalf of the Ballot Holder, Steve Barron, who is The Highland Council’s Chief Executive, by the Independent Scrutineer, Electoral Reform Services (ERS) of 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW.

Ballot papers were sent to all eligible owners and tenants for all the properties they own or lease in the BID area. The result of the ballot is as follows

Declaration of result 

Further information on the BID proposals and plans can be obtained from Inverness BID Ltd, 17 Queensgate, Inverness, IV1 1DF; Email bidmanager@inverness.uk.com or tel 01463 714 550.

Previous ballot results

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