About Manchester BID

Manchester is second most visited city in England, attracting 40 million customers to the retail district every year. We have a 100,000 strong student population. £3 billion worth of major new property sites are under construction and £300 million worth of cultural projects are in process. £1.85 billlion is allocated to transport improvements over the next five years, including the transformation of Manchester Airport.

Every success has a story to tell: Manchester BID and its management organisation CityCo are part of the picture.

We are the city’s first Business Improvement District: 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.

We work to make the centre of Manchester a better place to do business for our levy payers. The BID community includes the city’s largest stores, luxury and independent brands including:

& Other Stories, Adidas, Aldi, All Saints, Apple, Argos, Barbour, Barclays, Belstaff, Boodles, Boots, Burberry, Cath Kidston, Clarks Shoes, Clas Ohlson, Cos, Debenhams, Diesel, Disney Store, DKNY, Dorothy Perkins, Fat Face, French Connection, GAP, H&M, Harvey Nichols, Hobbs, Hollister, Hay Travel, House of Fraser, Hugo Boss, El Gato Negro, Jack Wills, Jigsaw, Jones Bootmakers, Kurt Geiger, Lego, Levi’s, Lunya, Lloyds Bank, McDonald’s, Marks & Spencer, Miss Selfridge, Molton Brown, Monki, New Look, Next, Nationwide, Oasis, O2, Paperchase, Paul Smith, Patisserie Valerie, Pizza Hut, Pret a Manger, Pretty Green, Primark, Ralph Lauren, Reiss, River Island, Rosso, Russel & Bromley, Ryman, Selfridges, Space NK, Specsavers, STA Travel, Starbucks, Superdrug, Superdry, Swarovski, Swatch, TAST, Ted Baker, The Body Shop, The Carphone Warehouse, Victorian Chop House Company, The White Company, Thorntons, TK Maxx TM Lewin, Topman, Topshop, Trevor Sorbie, Ugg, Urban Outfitters, Vidal Sassoon, Virgin Money, Vision Express, Waterstones, WHSmith, Whittards, Yo Sushi, Zara.

Manchester BID’s remit is to provide added-value for retailers and restaurants around key themes, all agreed by businesses.

  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

Since launch, the BID has delivered operational and security services, developed major projects, seen hundreds of thousands attend public events, attracted millions of pounds-worth of PR and built effective city partnerships.

We offer a range of Business Services: The School of CityCo, Operational Support, City Forums and Lobbying, Business Crime Reduction, Briefings and Training, City Intelligence, Corporate Events, Business Promotion and Public Events. And our new venture – a central Manchester event venue. We are offering room hire in our heritage building Lloyds House.

The company was set-up in 2013 following a successful legal ballot of businesses in the specified geographical area above. The BID organisation is managed by CityCo, the city centre management company. The CityCo Chief Exec and team are responsible to a Board of retail leaders and associate directors for the delivery of the BID Business Plan.

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

In December 2017 the Manchester BID was renewed for a second five-year term, following a 77% vote in favour of continuing the project until at least 2023.

Read about the Manchester BID governance structure.

Partnerships are key to the success of Manchester BID. Alongside our Manchester networks and work with Manchester City Council, Marketing Manchester, Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Police, we are a founding member of the Northern BIDs Group and the The BID Foundation, coordinated by the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University.