About Manchester BID

Manchester’s Retail Business Improvement District.

Manchester BID aims to support city centre vibrancy and economic success by bringing retailers together with Manchester’s public agencies, to enhance operations and attract additional custom.

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

We work in partnership and daily liaison with Manchester City CouncilTransport for Greater ManchesterGreater Manchester PoliceMarketing ManchesterGreater Manchester Combined Authority, Manchester’s homelessness charity network Street Support, and other statutory bodies.

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

We help businesses to have their opinion heard, expand activities and connect with the right people at the right time.

Our networks allow for the sharing of city plans, discussion and action-planning around developments, business challenges and opportunities.

Whether via sharing information, street or security assistance, events or promotions, we are here to help the city work for you.

We do this by offering a range of Business Services:

Business Services

Operational Support

Help with environmental issues, street cleaning, litter, anti-social behaviour, protests, road closures, rough-sleeping challenges, urban resilience.

Business Crime Reduction Partnership

Access to business intelligence, day/night radio systems linked to city centre CCTV and security training.

City Forums and Lobbying

Bringing businesses together to problem-solve and representing corporate interests with public authorities.

Zoom Business Briefings

Keeping retail levy payers in-the-loop with city status, strategy and future planning.

City Intelligence

Access to Daily/Weekly/Monthly City Centre Footfall Trends, Event Calendars and Property Developments Map.

City Hosts

Tourist information officers and the eyes and ears of the BID around the Manchester retail district.

Manchester BID Public Events

Promotional opportunities via our large-scale events including Chinese New Year and Halloween celebrations.

Tourism Marketing (VisitManchester.com)

Promotional opportunities via city centre destination marketing campaigns, in partnership with the tourist board Marketing Manchester.

BID Network

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

Members include Apple, Aldi, Barclays, Boots, COS, EE, El Gato Negro, GAP, Harvey Nichols, H&M, House of Fraser, Kala, Lloyds, Levis, Monki, Nationwide, NEXT, Primark, River Island, Selfridges, TopShop, Virgin Money, Uniqlo, Watches of Switzerland and Wilko.

Legal Ballot

Like all BIDs, the Manchester 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 voter status


CityCo’s Chief Exec and team are responsible to a BID Board of retail leaders and associate directors for the delivery of the 2018-23 Business Plan.

The 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 is providing added-value for retailers and restaurants around key themes:

  1. Attracting footfall in ‘dip’ periods through public festivals and events
  2. Increasing environmental standards via operational and security services
  3. Increasing the profile of the city through tourism 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.


Partnerships are key to our success. The BID is a founding member of the The BID Foundation and Northern BIDs Group.

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

Get in Touch

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

Manchester BID Manager
07764 977556