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Business Improvement District: St Andrews

St Andrews is a former Royal Burgh on the east coast of Fife in Scotland. The medieval town, which attracts a wide range of UK and international visitors, has a rich history and an amazingly diverse range of local businesses. The town is home to the University of St Andrews, the third oldest university in the English speaking world and the oldest in Scotland. Acknowledged worldwide as the ‘home of golf’, St Andrews hosts the famous Royal and Ancient Golf Club, which was founded in 1754. A major reorganisation in 2004 saw the Club devolve responsibility for some major functions to a newly-formed group of companies known as the R&A.

A new Board – the first to serve the newly formed St Andrews Business Improvement District (BID) – was elected at an open evening at the Old Course Hotel on the 26th of November 2015.

Businesses based in St Andrews who will be contributing as levy payers to the BID voted in the 10 board members in an election overseen by representatives of Fife Council and independently chaired by Ross Martin, CEO of the Scottish Council for Development & Industry.

Ken Dalton, Chair of the St Andrews BID Steering Group (the group that oversaw the BID’s development and ballot victory) gave a vote of thanks at the meeting to his fellow Steering Group colleagues, all the nominees and the businesses who engaged in the voting process, as well as the election’s chair, Ross Martin. Ken also gave a special thank you to the efforts of Viv Collie, the BID’s part time Co-ordinator.

The 10 St Andrews BID board members elected on the 26th of November are:

  • Lindsey Adam, Bonkers Original Gifts
  • Lisa Cameron, Old Tom Morris Store
  • Lisa Cathro, Zest (St Andrews) Ltd
  • Richard East, Ryman Stationery
  • Louise A Fraser, Fraser Gallery St Andrews
  • Pat Jones, Hamilton Grand
  • Alistair Lang, Thorntons Law LLP
  • Archie McDiarmid, Luvians Bottleshop
  • David Scott, Hams Hame Bar & Grill
  • Ben Stuart, University of St Andrews

They have been joined by Councillor Brian Thomson and Councillor Dorothea Morrison from Fife Council.

The new BID St Andrews Board took over from the previous BID Steering Group, following a series of handover meetings in December 2015, and officially started operating from January 4th 2016.

Alistair Lang, newly elected chair of the BID St Andrews Board, said: “We will be working with partners and stakeholders to deliver the first 12 months of the BID’s five year business plan – a variety of programmes voted for by businesses in St Andrews. They cover accessibility, environmental projects, an events’ calendar, waste management and various business support initiatives.  We can’t wait to start.”

Please visit StAndrews4You, a BID St Andrews demonstration project!

Please look at our Business Plan!


Why are you backing the BID?

"I am backing the BID because the town needs a unified voice that will speak and act on behalf of the business community. In the past year, we have seen the seeds sown for what is possible. Great initiatives sparked and delivered by entrepreneurial people. The BID will only foster and further that success."

Debbie MacCallum, Lodge SC St Andrews

Latest News

BID to tidy town with new ‘St Andrews Green Squad’

21st Jul, 2016

BID St Andrews is launching a new ‘Clean and Green’ initiative for levy-payers and the town: ‘The St Andrews Green Squad’.

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The project, partly funded by a grant won by BID St Andrews, will employ a supervisor to train and lead a small team of volunteers, including youngsters seeking employability skills, to deliver a range of agreed environmental projects within the BID area.


BID St Andrews commissions University gull survey to find facts

21st Jun, 2016

“Everyone has a gull story to tell,” says Professor Will Cresswell of St Andrews University.

But the problem is how individuals see St Andrews’ issues with the gull population isn’t an objective basis from which to decide how to deal with the problems they create – like droppings, opened litter sacks, aggressive behaviour by parent birds and stealing food from alfresco café tables.

Annual St Andrews Photography Festival to celebrate old and new

09th Jun, 2016

While St Andrews is world-renowned as the home of golf, few know the role the town has played nationally and internationally in the introduction of photography.St-Andrews-Photography-Festival-logo_Web

BID St Andrews is working with the University of St Andrews and local businesses to launch an annual photography festival in August which will celebrate the role and importance of St Andrews in the world of photography and engage with those who live, work in and visit the town.

Why are you backing the BID?

"The University is intertwined with the town, with its residents, visitors and every business, we’ve grown up with it over six centuries. Our students and staff are customers. Business owners, managers and staff are the friends or family of our own colleagues. In order to make the very most of these intricate interdependencies, we need to work together, day by day. The BID is different from any other initiative because for the first time it gives our local businesses the power to lead the promotion, development and shape of St Andrews in the future. That’s why we’re backing it."

Niall Scott and Andy Goor, The University of St Andrews

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