While Brighton is the happiest place in the UK, Edinburgh is the happiest place in Scotland*. Both cities have a great deal in common from their Festivals and Universities to their young vibrant population and as from May this year they both have Business Improvement Districts or BIDs.
Businesses in Edinburgh have just returned a positive ballot, with 58% of people voting saying Yes to a BID. The total rateable value of those voting in favour was 63% giving an indication that the vote was influenced by larger businesses. The total number of businesses voting was 44%.
The Essential Edinburgh BID aims to improve the environment in which they operate, make the city centre even safer, improve the marketing and increase the attraction of the area and lobby to improve access in and around the BID area. It will also encourage businesses to work in partnership to help boost business growth.
This is the fifth successful BID to go through in Scotland. It is one of a pilot of six. The four that have been successful already are: Bathgate, Inverness, Clackmannanshire and Falkirk and the one still outstanding, with a ballot scheduled for later this year is Glasgow.
*According to a new survey Brighton and Edinburgh are the happiest places to live in the UK.
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