Supporting Manchester’s Retail & Hospitality Brands

Manchester BID is the city’s retail Business Improvement District. It is a consortium of 400+ leading retail and hospitality brands – its levy payers.

The BID aims to support city centre vibrancy and economic success by bringing businesses together with each other, and Manchester’s public agencies.

We work in daily liaison with Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Police, Marketing Manchester, Manchester’s homelessness charity networks, and other statutory bodies.

The aim of the BID is to enhance operations, and help to attract additional custom via a range of activities, events and services.

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

CityCo is an independent membership company and is the place where the private and public sectors meet. Our extensive cross-sector network allows for the sharing of city plans, discussion, and action-planning around developments, business challenges and opportunities.

As an independent, not-for-profit, organisation, we are committed to representing the interests of BID levy payers.

We help organisations to operate effectively, and with resilience, in our growing and changing city.

Who We Are

Manchester BID is governed by a Board of Directors, led by Jane Sharrocks, General Managers of Selfridges Exchange Square.

Board Directors

David Allinson
Centre Director, Manchester Arndale

Richard Forster
Senior Bank Manager, Manchester Flagship Lloyds Bank

Roger Khoryati
Franchisee, McDonald’s

Margaret Neville
General Manager, Boots

Claire Ryan
General Manager Primark

Associate Directors

Sheona Southern
Managing Director, Marketing Manchester

Neighbourhood Services Directorate, Manchester City Council

The CityCo team delivers the annual BID Business Plan.

Manchester BID Levy Payers

Manchester BID levy payers are in good company.

Business members include 400+ leading retail and restaurants brands including:

All Bar One, All Saints, Ann Summers, Apple, Aldi, Argos, Barclays, Barburrito, Belstaff, Betfred, Boodles, Boots, Bravissimo, Castle Fine Art, COS, Costa Coffee, Diesel, Dr Martens, EE, El Gato Negro, Ernest Jones, FatFace, Five Guys, Footasylum, Flight Club, Framed Opticians, Franco Manca, Fred Perry, French Connection, GAP, Grand Pacific, Greggs, Hancocks, Habas, Harvey Nichols, HMV, H&M, Hobbs, Holland & Barrett, House of Fraser, HSBC, Hugo Boss, KALA, Kuoni, Lego, Lush, Lloyds, Levi’s, McDonalds, Mappin & Webb, Metro Bank, Miller & Carter, Molton Brown, Monki, Morphe, Nationwide, NEXT, New Look, Office, Patagonia, Primark, Pizza Express, Pot Kettle Black, Poundland, Pret, Primark, Pure Gym, River Island, Rosso, Sainbury’s, Sandinista, Santander, Schuh, Scribbler, Selfridges, Size?, Slaters, Starbucks, SuperDry, Tast, Ted Baker, Tesco, TGI Friday, The Entertainer, The Whisky Shop, The White Company, Trailfinders, TSB, Trevor Sorbie, Vidal Sassoon, Vision Express, Uniqlo, Waterstones, Watches of Switzerland, Whittard, White Stuff, Wilko – and more.

How it Works

Like all BIDs, The Heart of Manchester BID Company was set-up following a successful legal ballot, in a specified geographical area.

It was inaugurated in 2013 and so is in the final year of its second term. The BID will go ballot for a third term in December 2022.

The BID is financed by a % levy per property, made on the basis of rateable value.

The BID operates across the central retail areas of Market Street, New Cathedral Street, Manchester Arndale, Exchange Square, Barton Arcade, Royal Exchange Arcade, St Ann’s Square, King Street and Deansgate.

Partnerships are key to Manchester BID’s success. Alongside our many city associations, the BID is a founding member of the national and regional BID Foundation and Northern BIDs Group.

Manchester BID is also a member of British BIDs and works with the Association of Town Centre Management.

Read more on Governance

Business Support

Manchester BID offers levy payers a range of Business Support services.

We help businesses to operate effectively, and with resilience, in our growing and changing city.

To ask about any Manchester services and how we can help your business, do contact the team:

Manchester BID Manager
phil.schulze@cityco.com

Manchester BID Projects
andy.mcdermott@cityco.com

0161 838 3259