Scotland’s Towns Conference 2016.

9th November 2016, 9am – 5pm. Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy.

Great challenges remain for Scotland’s diverse towns. The emerging national context of economic uncertainty underlines the need for towns to utilise partnerships and innovation to continue to build on progress made in recent times. Delivering inclusive growth that can generate positive social outcomes is now a first-order question on national and global policy agendas. Scotland’s towns and their communities can harness this agenda to ensure that all can benefit from broader, wider local strategies. This includes exploring opportunities offered by new developments in the digital, creative, housing and planning spheres. The conference will feature key speakers and a programme of workshops. Join leading practitioners, policy-makers, and other key stakeholders to discuss how our towns can flourish through local strategies with partnership and innovation at their core.

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West Lothian College launches county-wide consultation

West Lothian College LogoWest Lothian College has launched a West Lothian-wide consultation on its vision, aims, values, outcomes and targets. The college is encouraging businesses, employers, partner organisations, individuals, groups, students and its own staff to take part. More information and the survey is available on the College’s website.

SHOP LOCAL This Festive Period:

Bathgate town centre stores and businesses are gearing up to participate in a nationwide shop local campaign. Small Business Saturday (SBS) takes place this year on Saturday 3rd December, with local shoppers urged to show their support for small and local independent businesses, such as those that can be found in Bathgate town centre.

With a unique selection of retailers and services that can’t be found anywhere else, Bathgate town centre offers an alternative and more personal shopping and leisure experience than larger shopping destinations. Shopping purchases made locally support your town and help to keep the ‘High Street’ vibrant and attractive. Shopping local also means that more of your money stays here in Bathgate and West Lothian, in turn helping to protect employment in our community. Independent and small traders offer unique gifts and products, to help you in your choice for that special festive present. Local butchers, bakers and delicatessen provide local, good quality produce to cater for all tastes and help you create great tasting, traditional festive meals.

The nationwide event scheduled on the first Saturday in December will also coincide with local businesses in Bathgate, through Enterprising Bathgate, producing a special festive and winter related voucher booklet to encourage more people to shop locally here in Bathgate. Residents should look out for the promotional and discount vouchers coming through their door in November, with a range of exciting offers for their local town centre shops and services in the build-up to Christmas and into the New Year.

Local small businesses in Bathgate are also being encouraged to register their business online through the SBS website ( ): it’s free of charge and will help promote your business.

If you have any questions on SBS then feel free to contact in first instance: Nairn Pearson, BID & Town Centre Manager, WLC.

Quick links

Business Plan

business-plan-linkClick on the link to view the Enterprising Bathgate Business Plan 2013-2018

Premises Improvement Scheme

Enterprising Bathgate has already awarded more than 500 grants totalling in excess of £300,000 under this scheme. To find out more about eligibility, scope and level of grants available

Introducing Enterprising Bathgate : Scotland’s first Business Improvement District

In March 2008 Enterprising Bathgate became Scotland’s first Business Improvement District (BID).

Over the past decade, the popularity of BIDs in the UK has grown at a phenomenal rate, with over 135 established BIDs in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There are currently 36 operational BIDs in Scotland, with more current development BIDs in the pipeline. This proves that BIDs really can and do work (particularly through a recession and challenging conditions) as a tool for providing the trading environment, which businesses want for themselves, their staff, customers and clients.

We have a number of video presentations which give an excellent overview of the stages of development of Enterprising Bathgate and BIDs in general.  VIEW VIDEOS

Child Healthy Lifestyle Programme

A collaborative project between Enterprising Bathgate, Xcite Leisure and St Marys and Balbardie primary schools.

St Mary's Bathgate Enterprising Bathgate/ Xcite Bathgate initiative to get school kids more active. Kids from Balbardie and St Mary’s Primary Schools get extra gym time with Xcite instructors Theresa Penrice and Robyn Hewat.

Initially aimed at primary 3 and 4 pupils in each of

schools during, the coaches from Xcite deliver a fun approach to a healthy lifestyle, which is hoped will encourage the pupils to take into later life : another good example of local businesses engaging with the local community with the support of Enterprising Bathgate.

Enterprising Bathgate already engages with the local community through our sponsorship of annual events such as Newlands Day and the Bathgate Music Festival in September, together with financial support for our local radio station, Regal Radio and Bathgate Thistle Community Football Club.

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Town Centre Business Guide

Your direct route to some of the best products and services in the Bathgate BID area.
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Bathgate In Bloom

11 years old this year, Bathgate In Bloom continues to provide Bathgate Town Centre with colourful displays of hanging baskets and flower beds.

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Free WiFi @ Bathgate Partnership Centre

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Bathgate Partnership Centre, along with nine other key buildings at the heart of our communities across West Lothian (including Boghall Community Wing) now have free WiFi. West Lothian Council has worked in partnership with community centre management committees to provide free WiFi for local residents in council-owned locations such as partnership centres, community centres and libraries.

To sign in, local residents must first set-up a secure personal log-in using a new scheme called myaccount, which creates a single account which can be used to access a range of Scottish public services online. West Lothian is the first to pilot myaccount this way, working jointly with the Improvement Service. It’s easy to join myaccount and your log-in can then be used at any of the ten locations in West Lothian and across Scotland in the future.

To register for myaccount, please visit mygovscot login and follow the instructions to register. You will then be emailed with your sign-in details, and can log-in using the username and password provided at any of the locations above. You will be directed to the mygovscot website when you access the public WiFi at any of these designated centres for the first time.

Our partners

Enterprising Bathgate works in Partnership with West Lothian Council and Business Gateway.

West Lothian Council
BIDs Scotland
Business Gateway