Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)

A business improvement district (BID) is a scheme to support a commercial area such as a town centre or industrial estate by introducing new services or initiatives.

BID schemes are led and funded by local businesses.

Business rate payers in a BID are charged extra tax, in addition to their business rates bill.

This money is used to develop projects that benefit all businesses in the area.

A BID can only be formed following a:

  • consultation
  • ballot in which business rate payers vote on a business plan that sets out how the BID will be managed and operated

Our local business improvement districts

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