Essential Privilege Card



The Essential Privilege Card application is a smart phone app currently available for both Android and iPhone users.

The app has two levels:

LEVEL1: This area contains information about Edinburgh City Centre businesses and offers that are available to the general public.

LEVEL 2: The second tier of the app and website are for the exclusive use of employees from businesses that pay the Essential Edinburgh Business Improvement District (BID) Levy. Once registered, BID business employees have exclusive access to fantastic offers, deals and events from other BID businesses. To redeem these offers (which can be done multiple times until expiry, unless stated otherwise) simply touch “collect” once you are logged in and show your Essential Privilege Card screen.


On 1st July 2008 Essential Edinburgh was formed following a positive Business Improvement District ballot result being recorded on 27th May 2008.

A Business Improvement District (BID) is an arrangement where businesses identify opportunities to the benefit of their own activities in their local area.

Essential Edinburgh’s vision is:
To ensure that Edinburgh city centre excels as a place to work, a place to do business, a place to shop and a place to visit.

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