About Manchester BID

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. If successful, BIDs run for a period of five years per ‘term’.

The BID model is operating in most towns and cities across the UK, Europe, USA and beyond – and Manchester launched its first BID in 2013.

Ten years later, Manchester BID is entering its third term in April 2023, managed by CityCo, The City Centre Management Company.

The aim is to bring brands together with each other, and Manchester’s public agencies, to enhance operations and help attract additional custom year-round. The team delivers operational and security support, city intel and introductions, City Hosts, tourism marketing campaigns, PR and footfall-driving public events.

Manchester BID is governed by a Board, and spans Market Street, New Cathedral Street, Manchester Arndale, Exchange Square, St Ann’s Square, King Street and  Deansgate.

Partnerships are key to success. And alongside many city associations including with Manchester City Council, Marketing Manchester, Greater Manchester Police and Transport for Greater Manchester, our BID is a member of The BID Foundation, Northern BIDs Group, British BIDs and the Association of Town Centre Management.