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Business Improvement Districts

Information on our Clarkston, Giffnock and Barrhead Business Improvement Districts (BID).

Clarkston BID

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I Love Clarkston became Scotland's tenth business improvement district (BID) in 2010 when it was launched with a program of positive marketing, events and business support to increase the perception of the town and the number of people visiting, shopping and working in the local area, funded by over 130 local businesses from the Clarkston Toll roundabout to the top of Clarkston and around Sheddens.

In 2015, after the initial 5-year term, I Love Clarkston returned a successful ballot for a second term, with a streamlined business plan focussing again on increasing footfall and business support.

I Love Clarkston host many annual events including a very popular Christmas Lights Switch On, a Food & Drink festival and Easter Egg Hunt among others and will work closely with East Renfrewshire Council on the regeneration of the town in 2017 and beyond.

For more information on I Love Clarkston, please visit or email

Giffnock BID

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Giffnock has become Scotland's 20th BID following a successful ballot. Businesses have given their staunch backing to plans to support Giffnock by delivering a 'Yes' vote for Scotland's latest Business Improvement District (BID). The BID will raise some £60,000 in the first year and over £200,000 over five years towards projects aimed at enhancing the business area. There are 64 businesses in the Giffnock BID area.

The Giffnock BID business plan was developed in consultation with businesses and shoppers and as a result of this BID projects will include the creation of new annual events to bring shoppers to the area, a new website and social media presence, a marketing campaign to promote the area, improved signage and participation in a review of parking. New 'mall signs' will be installed and a new retail forum will be created to allow issues and opportunities to be discussed between the businesses.

Giffnock BID has its own website:

Barrhead BID

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In September 2016, 149 local businesses located in the Centre of Barrhead voted in majority of 'all about Barrhead' becoming Scotland's newest business improvement district (BID). Backed with a business plan of public realm improvements, events, marketing and business support, the BID seeks to ensure Barrhead continues its growth and thriving community spirit.

With plans for two large community events every year, including a Christmas Lights & Fireworks spectacular, all about Barrhead will certainly bring colour back into the town.

For more information on all about Barrhead, visit their website at or email

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