SSDA Membership Form

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If you are a charitable trust you will receive a 50% discount on your membership - please ensure you select the tickbox on sign-up.

Membership Commitment

In 2020 any business can join SSDA for Free to receive immediate benefits, but more importantly, across the long term with sustainable and substantial benefits. Our minimal monthly subscriptions and the joining fee of £30.00 joining will not start until June 2021. In light of the unprecedented circumstances our industry faces and with SSDA having secured substantial funding we are here to support businesses as best we can by launching our new direct membership scheme now.

• You require to complete this form and commit to gain any of the benefits including being listed on Scotland Starts Here
• We will contact you in May 2021 with details on how to make your monthly membership subscription

Keeping in touch

We would highly encourage you opt in to our newsletter. It is a crucial membership benefit which will ensure you are kept up to date with all information and opportunities.

Please note that this will be the main method of communication along with our SSDA social media channels.

The specific benefits for businesses opting to join SSDA directly are:


  • Business listing on ‘Scotland Starts Here’ App & Website – Visible go-to platform for the South with a marketing budget of £500,000 per year over the next 5 years.
  • A dedicated Local SSDA Development Agent for accessible on the ground support and engagement.
  • Be listed in our supplier directory launched in 2021, will help strengthen the local supply chain – Grow collaborative partnerships through relevant exposure of your business offering.
  • Receive updates on Covid-19 recovery planning, guidance, and opportunities to engage in training, networking, marketing, and product development – To help boost your resilience and support the achievement of your goals.
  • Reach audiences outside the scope of your regular marketing activity – Gaining wider exposure of your social enterprise through SSDA’s greater resource.
  • Access to specific data, trends, and insights – Allowing you to make more informed business decisions.
  • Use of SSH Logo with brand guidelines – Enhancing your profile through the SSDA affiliation.

Business & Product Development

  • Exclusive access to product development/FAM trips and networking events (non-members pay), interactive speed networking with other tourism businesses in the destination to enhance local product knowledge – Which will encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more money across the business network in your area and help spread awareness of your work / goals.
  • Access to 1-2-1 product development advice and opportunity to engage in design-led product development workshops for your sector – To optimise the potential of your business through innovation and to soundboard ideas.
  • Access to discounts from industry service providers – More resource to spend where you want to.
  • Access to free/discounted business support and training with 1-2-1 advice – Supporting you to make more informed business decisions.
  • Networking with other tourism businesses and suppliers – Access to mutually beneficial collaborative opportunities.

Discounted Paid For Opportunities will include  i.e.:

(You will be notified by email as and when these opportunities become available)

  • Be involved in regional PR, press trips and editorial referrals, media and travel trade FAM trips and bloggers.
  • Be featured in consumer and trade itineraries.
  • Feature in Scotland Starts Here landing pages, blogs, social media, and campaigns.
  • To feature in Scotland Starts Here curated content marketing and social media activity.
  • To attend travel Trade workshops, trade education, trade sales and 1:1 surgeries with our travel trade specialist.
  • To have visibility at regional and national trade events such as VS EXPO.
  • To utilise partner consumer databases (subject to GDPR).
  • To take part / be get digital improvement and assessments for your business.
  • To get discounted accredited online destination and customer service training for your staff.
  • Attend training / workshops / events – for example: business engagement education on ‘being online bookable’, digital training, product development and innovation workshops (1-2-1 / group sessions) etc
  • Get discounted tickets for conferences.
  • Digital Improvement and assessments.