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Welcome from the chair

WELCOME to Byres Road and the Lanes!

My wife and I first came to Byres Road to sign the lease and pick up the keys for our rental house when we moved to Glasgow in 2008. We fell in love with it then and visited many times over the years, before opening our own business here in 2013.

Byres Road and the adjoining Lanes contain a vibrant mix of independent shops, eateries, takeaways and cafes, health and beauty and fitness premises, as well as supermarkets, banks and professional services. Many of the businesses are unique to the area and you won’t find their like anywhere else.

On our doorstep you will find the Botanic Gardens, Kelvingrove Park and Museum, and our skyline is dominated by the spire of the University of Glasgow, whose students add a veritable cosmopolitan flavour to the area.

The Visit West End gift card can be used at many businesses in the area and makes the perfect gift for friends and family. You can find further information in the Gift Card section of the website.

So have a browse through our website and plan yourself a great day here in Glasgow’s West End.

Visit West End is the brand name of the Byres Road & Lanes Business Improvement District (BID) which is run by and on behalf of the local businesses to put on events, and to market and promote the area and its businesses.

Thank you for coming and please haste ye back!

John Turner

Chair, Byres Road & Lanes BID

Co-owner, Janet & John Scottish Arts & Crafts, De Courcy’s Arcade, Cresswell Lane.

What is a BID?

A Business Improvement District or BID is formed by businesses in a designated geographical area – in our case the length of Byres Road from Great Western Road to Dumbarton Road, the adjoining streets and the four nearby lanes – Dowanside and Ruthven Lanes on the West and Cresswell and Ashton Lanes on the East.


The primary purpose of the BID is to promote the area through events, marketing and social media, to increase footfall and sales, and to help businesses in lowering their costs.


Additionally the BID provides advice, assistance and training for business members, and other help and support to them where necessary. We liaise with Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland and other organisations on their behalf.

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The BID is funded by a Levy paid by each individual business. The amount of the Levy paid by each business is calculated in reference to the rateable value of their business premises. In addition the BID also looks for grant funding for other projects and improvements to the area from Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government and elsewhere.

A BID is elected by its members for a five year term. The Byres Road & Lanes BID was first elected into office in May 2015, and re-elected for a second term in 2020. Our next ballot is scheduled to take place at the end of March 2025.

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