About Manchester Business Improvement District

Who we are

The Manchester BID is a working consortium of 400 retail and food/drink operators in Manchester’s central shopping district spanning Market Street, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Square, St Ann’s Square, King Street and Deansgate (see BID area map).

How it works

The BID Company was set-up in 2013 following a successful legal ballot, and is managed by CityCo. The CityCo Chief Exec and team are responsible to a BID Board of retail leaders for the delivery of the business plan.

The BID is financed by a levy made on the basis of rateable value.

In December 2017 the Manchester BID was renewed for a 2nd term following a 77% vote in favour of continuing until at least 2023.

What we do

We work to deliver and provide added-value for BID members around 4 key themes:

  • Helping to attract footfall in ‘dip’ retail periods through a programme of public events
  • Increasing standards through operational and security support to assist businesses and enhance the trading environment
  • Increasing the profile of the city through promotional partnerships, campaigns and positive PR
  • Increasing communication and co-working across the retail community
  • Acting as lobbying voice for retail with city authorities and stakeholders including the council, police and transport.

Since its launch, Manchester BID has delivered a range of business services, developed major city projects, built effective partnerships and encouraged more and more participation from retailers to maximize value.

As Manchester grows with its expanding transport infrastructure, new property, public realm and cultural developments, the BID is harnessing the city’s positivity and looking to the future.

Working in partnership

We are a founding member of the Northern BIDs Group and the The BID Foundation, coordinated by the Institute of Place Management.

Get in Touch

For more information about the Manchester BID please email BID Manager Phil.