National BID Awards

This years awards has now closed for entries.

BIDs are invited to tell us about one of their place marketing or place management projects. 

The winners will be presented at the National BIDs Conference on the 8th November 2018.

Winner of place marketing award
Essential Edinburgh

The Street of Light was a breath-taking event, lighting up Edinburgh last Christmas. With an architectural installation of over 60,000 lights, it spanned the most westerly block of George Street. When visitors entered the stunningly lit canopy they watched the lights synchronise to music created by local choirs and musicians from across Edinburgh. Street of Light was a collaborative project with Edinburgh’s Christmas organisers Underbelly. Essential Edinburgh ensured that this spectacular light-show was brought into the BID area through investment with Underbelly and negotiation with the City of Edinburgh Council and surrounding businesses.

Winner of place management award
Aberdeen Inspired

A UK exclusive, Nuart Aberdeen was a transformational festival which took place in Aberdeen in April 2017.

Working in partnership with the renowned Nuart Festival in Stavanger, Aberdeen Inspired invited 11 internationally celebrated street artists to transform Aberdeen walls into magnificent works of art. Aberdeen Inspired built strong, multi-sector partnerships with the city council as well as multiple local businesses for in-kind or discounted goods and services such as accommodation, catering, paint, access equipment and venue space for events. Local academic and arts institutions were consulted throughout the process and the project saw significant local engagement with many resident artists and people through a volunteer programme.

Who will be the winner in 2018?
Enter your award now

Download the 2018 application form here

The Street of Light was a breath-taking event, lighting up Edinburgh last Christmas. With an architectural installation of over 60,000 lights, it spanned the most westerly block of George Street. When visitors entered the stunningly lit canopy they watched the lights synchronise to music created by local choirs and musicians from across Edinburgh. Street of Light was a collaborative project with Edinburgh’s Christmas organisers Underbelly. Essential Edinburgh ensured that this spectacular light-show was brought into the BID area through investment with Underbelly and negotiation with the City of Edinburgh Council and surrounding businesses.

A UK exclusive, Nuart Aberdeen was a transformational festival which took place in Aberdeen in April 2017.

Working in partnership with the renowned Nuart Festival in Stavanger, Aberdeen Inspired invited 11 internationally celebrated street artists to transform Aberdeen walls into magnificent works of art. Aberdeen Inspired built strong, multi-sector partnerships with the city council as well as multiple local businesses for in-kind or discounted goods and services such as accommodation, catering, paint, access equipment and venue space for events. Local academic and arts institutions were consulted throughout the process and the project saw significant local engagement with many resident artists and people through a volunteer programme.

Download the 2018 application form here