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
  • 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 Circle Square, 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: CityCo and it’s sister company Manchester BID are part of the picture.

Our focus is to support the city’s growth by bringing together our members and public-sector partners to make the city centre the most vibrant, interesting and attractive place it can be.

The Manchester BID

Manchester’s Business Improvement District (BID) is a working consortium of more than 400 central retailers and restaurants. Businesses are working together to enhance the shopping district and support the city’s success.

The BID area spans Market Street, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Square, St Ann’s Square, King Street and Deansgate (see map).

How it works

The Manchester BID Company was set-up in 2013 following a successful legal ballot of all businesses in the specified geographical area. The BID is managed by CityCo, the city centre management company for Manchester and Salford. The CityCo Chief Exec and team are responsible to a Board of retail leaders and associate directors 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 second five-year term, following a 77% vote in favour of continuing the project until at least 2023.

What we do

The Manchester BID remit is to provide added-value for levy payers around key themes, agreed through extensive consultation with city centre businesses.

  1. Help to attract footfall in ‘dip’ retail periods through a programme of public festivals and events
  2. Increase environment and trading standards through operational and security support
  3. Increase the profile of the city through promotional partnerships, campaigns and positive PR
  4. Increase communication and co-working across the retail and restaurant community
  5. Act as lobbying voice for levy payers with city authorities including Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Police.

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

We have also encouraged more and more participation from levy payers to ensure businesses are making the most of the range of BID events and services.

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

Partnerships are key to the success of the BID. Alongside our Manchester networks, we are a founding member of the Northern BIDs Group and the The BID Foundation, coordinated by the Institute of Place Management.

More information

To discuss the work of Manchester’s Business Improvement District in more detail, please email Manchester BID Manager Phil Schulze.