About Manchester Business Improvement District

Manchester Today

  • Second most visited city in England by domestic visitors
  • Third most visited UK destination by international visitors, an increase of 30% between 2006 and 2016
  • 40 million visitors to Manchester’s retail district every year, spending over £900 million
  • 40% of direct tourism revenue in Manchester is generated through shopping
  • 100,000 strong student population, the UK’s largest
  • 50,000 city centre residential population, a rise of 20,000 over the last decade, with more than 10,000 new apartments in development
  • £3 billion worth of major property developments in the pipeline, including at St John’s, Old Granada Studios, Mayfield, NOMA and Kampus
  • £1.5 billion tram line expansion, with more than £1.85 billlion allocated to transport improvements over the next five years, including the transformation of Manchester Airport.
  • 2,300 new hotel rooms across Manchester city centre coming on board, increasing supply by 25%
  • £11 million worth of development underway at Manchester Arndale, the UK’s busiest inner-city shopping centre

Every success has a story to tell and Manchester’s Business Improvement District (BID) is part of the picture.

Since 2013, 400 retail businesses have been working together, through CityCo, to support the city’s growth and our city centre offer.

The Manchester BID

Our Business Improvement District is a working consortium of 400 city centre businesses in the retail district, spanning Market Street, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Square, St Ann’s Square, King Street and Deansgate (see area map).

The Manchester BID is focused on success at all times, and there are four central themes to our work. These remain at our heart. The BID is:

  • Increasing footfall in ‘dip’ periods through a programme of public events in the heart of Manchester
  • Increasing standards through operational and security support to assist businesses and enhance the city centre trading environment
  • Increasing the profile of the city through promotional partnerships, marketing campaigns and ongoing positive PR
  • Increasing communication between the retail community, and acting as lobbying voice for retail with city authorities and stakeholders (including the council, policing and transport)

The BID is financed by a levy made on the basis of rateable value, and was set up following a successful legal ballot. The company is managed by CityCo and the Chief Exec and staff are responsible to the BID board for the delivery of the Business Plan.

The initiatives delivered are decided by a Board of retailers and city stakeholders, who meet quarterly. There is also an operating Finance Board and Events & Marketing Group.

In December 2017 we will be asking BID partners to re-endorse our plans for a hugely successful heart of Manchester. Businesses will vote again to renew the Manchester BID.

Since launch, the BID has developed major 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, we are harnessing city’s positivity and looking to the future.

To learn more about the work of the Manchester BID, please email Phil Schulze.