About Manchester City Centre BID

Manchester City Centre Business Improvement District

A Business Improvement District is a specific geographical area where businesses agree to invest in extra services and initiatives that support and enhance city centre vibrancy, and economic success.

Funding is brought together from a levy, based on commercial business rates. Activities are agreed in a set Business Plan, which is then voted-on in a legal ballot.

The BID model is operating in most towns and cities across the UK, Europe, USA and beyond.

Ten Years of Delivery

Manchester launched its first Business Improvement District in 2013. Ten years later, Manchester City Centre BID began a new term in April 2023.

The Manchester City Centre BID is managed by CityCo, The City Centre Management Company.

CityCo is the city centre’s leading cross-sector membership organisation.

Through various networks, we bring together over 1500 companies. We work across every sector and represent the needs of businesses with partners such as Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Police, Marketing Manchester, and many others.

We offer advice and help in planning new projects, link members, and ensure the city’s public agencies are aware of what the private sector needs to thrive.

The Manchester City Centre ‘BID district’ spans Market Street, New Cathedral Street, Manchester Arndale, Exchange Square, St Ann’s Square, King Street and Deansgate.

BID Company Governance


The BID Annual General Meeting takes place in Q1, inviting levy payers to meet, hear about plans and feedback.


The BID Board is made-up of sector representatives from levy-paying businesses.

Jane Sharrocks, General Manager, Selfridges

Deputy Chair:
Roger Khoryati, Franchisee, McDonald’s

David Allinson, Centre Director, Manchester Arndale
Andrew Cooke, Operations Director, Bruntwood
Terry Crawford, General Manager, Urban Playground
Richard Forster, Senior Manager, Lloyds
Alex Killeen, Brand Manager, Kuoni
Claire Ryan, General Manager, Primark

Additional Directors currently under appointment.


The BID Council brings together c.40 levy-payers across business sectors, with city stakeholders.

Attendees include leading retail, leisure and hospitality businesses, landlords and managing agents, cultural and entertainment venues and public sector representatives from Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police and Transport for Greater Manchester.

The next meeting is 14th September 2023.


The BID Finance Committee is a smaller representative group from levy-paying businesses. The committee reports into, and make makes recommendations to the main Board.

For any questions about Company Governance, please email phil.schulze@cityco.com

Business Support Services

The aim is to help businesses operate effectively in the city centre, enhance operations, and attract additional custom.

On behalf of the Manchester City Centre BID community, the CityCo team delivers:

2023-28 Business Plan

The third Manchester City Centre BID term is supporting businesses around 4 key themes:

  1. ATTRACTING VISITORS: Attracting shoppers, visitors, tourists, and workers into the city centre, whilst enhancing the city’s reputation as a thriving destination
  2. ENVIRONMENT: Improving the city centre as a welcoming, clean, attractive, resilient, and safe place
  3. COMMUNITY: Maintaining a tight-knit relationship between levy payers and keeping businesses in the loop with city authorities
  4. ESG: Supporting businesses to meet Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) commitments

2023-28 Business Plan (PDF)

Manchester Accommodation BID

The City Centre BID is now joined by the city’s first ABID.

CityCo is one of the delivery partners of the ABID, working on Operational, BCRP and Public Events strands.

Learn more at manchesterabid.com

CityCo Partnerships

CityCo’s extensive networks and experience of how to operate in Manchester city centre is key to our success. Businesses benefit from connections and initiatives across all of our major networks:

Manchester BID is also a member of:

For any enquiries about Manchester City Centre, email info@manchesterbid.com