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
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
Child Healthy Lifestyle Programme
A collaborative project between Enterprising Bathgate, Xcite Leisure and St Marys and Balbardie primary schools.
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.
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.
Free WiFi @ Bathgate Partnership Centre
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.