Photo: Winchester BID.

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are business-led partnerships that agree by ballot to pay an extra levy on their business rates based on their rateable value to fund activities, services and improvements that will benefit the businesses and the place in which they operate. The agreement is for a maximum period of five years.

The ballot needs to see a majority of businesses in the area supporting the BID, the exact requirements are laid down by law and vary depending on the country. Providing the necessary majorities are obtained, then all businesses in the area who were eligible to vote, have to pay the levy for the period the BID is in existence.

BIDs operate in a defined geographical area. This can vary from just a few streets, through the bulk of a town or city centre, to a wider area where businesses of a particular type agree to pay the extra levy. The majority of BIDs are in town and city centres but others can be found in commercial areas, industrial estates, business parks, and some BIDs focused on tourism cover a much wider area.

BIDs are not restricted in the services they provide, as long as these are agreed to by businesses, though local authorities do have the right to veto proposals. Most BIDs are established as not-for-profit companies and have a Board of Directors comprising businesses in the area who are levy payers together often with representatives of the local authority. Such BIDs employ staff or appoint consultants to implement the business plan as agreed at the ballot and to deliver the activities and services.

 

 Where do you find BIDs? 

There are now over 300 BIDs established and operating across the British Isles and they are growing at a rate of over 25 a year. The Institute of Place Management, at the request of The BID Foundation, has undertaken research over several months to produce a list of active BIDs or BIDs that have passed their initial ballot and will soon be operational.

Click on an individual icon on the map to find details of that BID or select the icon next to the title to find a list of BIDs and a list of The BID Foundation members (shown in dark red). You can expand the map to full screen by clicking on the top right.

We will be updating the map on a regular basis. If you know of a BID that is missing, please let us know by email.

 

 

The list we have compiled is based on the following sources:

Representing BIDs final report and supporting background information and details of over 100 BIDs from Rocket Science

www.bidintel.co.uk (no longer available) and https://twitter.com/bid_intel?lang=en. Both these information sources were from Sven Latham but are no longer maintained, though they were extremely useful at the time.

The BID ballot registration lists by quarter and year from 2012-2017 published by DCLG/MHCLG

Mayor of London map of Business Improvement Districts and email exchange https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/business-and-economy/supporting-business/map-londons-business-improvement-districts-bids

Birmingham City Council list of BIDs https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/download/144/business_improvement_districts_bids

BID Scotland website and email exchange https://www.bids-scotland.com/

Welsh Government BID list and email exchange http://gov.wales/topics/housing-and-regeneration/grants-and-funding/business-improvement-districts/?lang=en

Northern Ireland BIDs website and email exchange http://nibids.org/about/

Groundwork BIDs website  https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/clm/pages/business-improvement-districts-clm

Partnerships for Better Business website and conversations with Ian Ferguson FIPM https://www.pfbbuk.co.uk/

Heartflood website and conversations with Chris Gregory MIPM https://heartflood.co.uk/

Mosaic website and conversations with Mo Aswat FIPM http://themosaicpartnership.co.uk/

Regen Management website http://www.regenmanagement.co.uk/

British BIDs website http://britishbids.info/

Kolek Consulting website http://www.kolekconsulting.co.uk/

Revive & Thrive website and conversations with Mark Barnes http://reviveandthrive.co.uk/

Central Management Solutions website http://www.centralmanagementsolutions.co.uk/

Our content was extended and improved by our participation in a number of events in which BIDs, local authorities and others from BID industry also participated. Notably:

  • Southern BIDs meeting, Winchester
  • London Industrial BIDs Group, London
  • Mayor of London’s London BIDs Summit, City Hall
  • Wales BIDs group, Newtown
  • Northern Ireland BIDs, Belfast
  • ATCM Midlands meeting, Hinckley
  • ATCM Brexit Conference, Birmingham
  • A Future for Ireland’s Towns, Sligo (hosted by Ireland’s BIDs)
  • Revive & Thrive Conferences, Northwich and Chester
  • Policy Exchange High Streets Conference, London
  • Inside Government High Streets Conference, London
  • Consultee on Arts Council BIDs Improving Places report

As the Institute, we already had members from BIDs as well as the wider industry, and many of them have shared information. We also had extensive access to BIDs via social media. The Institute has some 3000 followers on twitter, many of whom are BIDs or local authorities with BIDs. We have BID followers on LinkedIn. We searched #BIDs on a regular basis.

We undertook extensive internet searches to find contact details and check the results of BID ballots, using local authority sites, local newspapers, social media, consultant and BID websites where they exist.