About Manchester BID

Manchester BID is the city’s retail Business Improvement District. The BID is managed by The City Centre Management Company, CityCo.

The BID is a consortium of 400 leading retail and restaurant brands spanning Market Street, New Cathedral Street, Manchester Arndale, Exchange Square, Barton Arcade, St Ann’s Square, King Street and Deansgate. View BID area map.

Business Improvement District Focus

The aim of the Manchester BID is to support city centre vibrancy and economic success by bringing businesses together with Manchester’s public agencies, to enhance operations and attract additional custom.

The BID team works in partnership with Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Police, Marketing Manchester, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Manchester’s homelessness charity network Street Support and other statutory bodies.

As a membership organisation, the team represents BID business interests and ensures members are part of the evolving story of the city as a place to invest, work, visit and live.

Business Services

The BID helps retailers to have their opinion heard, expand activities and connect with the right people, via a range of Business Services:

Legal Ballot

Like all BIDs, the Mancheste BID Company was set-up following a successful legal ballot of businesses in the specified geographical area. The BID is financed by a levy per property, made on the basis of rateable value.

Following inauguration in 2013, in December 2017, the BID was renewed for a second 5 year term. 2017 Ballot results:

77% in favour, by votes cast
75% in favour, by rateable value
43% turnout, from 401 eligible voters


CityCo’s Chief Exec and team are responsible to a Board of retail leaders and associate directors for the delivery of the Business Plan.

The BID Board is made up of representatives from levy-paying businesses, alongside non-exec directors from stakeholders.

The current Board has representatives from businesses within and outside the city’s major shopping centre Manchester Arndale, alongside large retailers, the F&B sector, Manchester City Council and Marketing Manchester. Read more about the governance.

Through CityCo, the influential network includes not only retailers, but also company head offices, property firms, culture and leisure venues, professional services, hotels, education and transport organisations.

Business Plan

The BID provides added-value for retailers and restaurants around key themes.

  1. Attracting footfall in ‘dip’ periods through a programme of public festivals and events
  2. Increasing environmental standards through operational and security services
  3. Increasing the profile of the city through tourism partnerships, stakeholder partnerships and positive PR
  4. Increasing communication and co-working across the retail community
  5. Providing a lobbying voice with public authorities including Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Police.

City Partnerships

Partnerships are key to the success of Manchester BID.

The BID is a founding member of the The BID Foundation and Northern BIDs Group. We are also a member of British BIDs and work with the Association of Town Centre Management.

Contact the BID

If you are Manchester BID levy payer and you have any feedback about the governance, workings or projects of the BID, please contact Phil Schulze.

Manchester BID Manager
07764 977556