City Forums and Lobbying CityCo and Manchester BID represent our business networks at a range of city meetings and forums. As constant corporate champions, we have an influential role in lobbying local authorities authorities, transport organisations and...
As a Manchester BID levy payer we offer a range of Business Services. We are here to help our networks do better business in Manchester city centre.
Manchester BID brings the right people together to help businesses find solutions to day-to-day and longer-term urban challenges. We help with operational challenges and ensure organisations can maximise the many opportunities of working in the city centre.
Areas we regularly assist with include environmental issues around premises or business locations; street cleansing including jet washing, bins and commercial waste; litter and graffiti removal; street bollards; anti-social behaviour and begging; rough-sleeping; parking; the impact of major events and development works; street protests and road closures.
Business Crime Reduction Partnership
Manchester BID retailers can access CityCo’s BCRP to report and tackle business-related crime. We support Greater Manchester Police, City Council Licensing and Anti-Social Behaviour teams. The partnership manages a city-wide ‘Civil Exclusion Scheme’ to record incidents and identify criminal persons. BCRP members have access to StoreNet/NiteNet radios connected to Manchester city centre CCTV and are provided real-time, secure offender intelligence online.
The BCRP also delivers security training on Crime Prevention, Conflict Avoidance, Fraud Prevention, Counterfeit Currency and Making Statements. The team has achieved annual ‘Accreditation with Distinction’ by the National Association of Business Crime Partnerships and received a Divisional Commanders Award from Greater Manchester Police.
The BID’s team of tourist information and city welcome guides. The ambassadors are out and about, giving help to visitors and acting as a liaison point between the BID team and retailers. The hosts work seven days a week, 363 days a year and are based around the main shopping streets.
City Forums and Lobbying
Manchester BID supports the vibrancy and resilience of our city centre by bringing businesses together with each other, and public agencies. Via management company CityCo, we work in partnership with Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Police, Marketing Manchester, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Manchester’s homelessness networks and other statutory bodies.
As constant corporate champions we have an influential role in lobbying local authorities, and represent our business networks at a whole range of city meetings and forums:
Groups led and managed by the CityCo/BID team:
- BCRP City Centre Intelligence Briefings
- CityCo Board
- Greengate Business Action Group
- Manchester BID Board
- Manchester BID Finance Board
- Manchester Food and Beverage Network
- Manchester Arndale Tenants Security Meeting
- Manchester BID Sector Groups (Events, Operations, Large Stores, F&B, Jewellery, Financial Services)
- Oxford Road Security & Environmental Action Group
- Piccadilly Basin Business Action Group
- Piccadilly Hoteliers Group (Online)
- Piccadilly Security Group
- Petersfield Operations Group (including Peter Street Subgroup)
- The PA Network
City Committees attended by CityCo/BID
Groups led by external parties that CityCo/BID attends to represent our members:
- Manchester City Council Integrated Neighbourhood Management Committee
- Manchester City Council Ward Co-ordination Committee
- Manchester City Council Our Manchester Strategic Forum
- Manchester City Council Medieval Quarter Group
- Manchester Homeless Partnership including homelessness charity Big Change MCR
- Manchester Hoteliers Association
- Manchester Pub and Club Network
- Manchester Safety Advisory Committee
- Manchester Food Board
- Manchester Water Safety Partnership
- Northern Quarter Action Group
- TfGM Event Planning Group
- Village Action Group
Business Briefings and Training
We run a whole range of business briefings, networking sessions and workshops that aim to keep colleagues in the loop, and trained, with strategic and tactical city guidance and future planning.
Our popular CityConversations corporate events are also a chance to hear from senior city colleagues on the trends, strategies and developments shaping our city centre.
The PA Network
The PA Network: Sponsored by You Are Home, is free to join for all city centre PAs, Exec Assistants and Office Managers. Networking events allow CityCo’s hotel and leisure members the chance to showcase their fantastic venues and services to a 600-strong group of influential corporate hospitality bookers.
In return, PAs enjoys fun evenings and lunches, new places to experience and book for meetings, conferences and events – and valuable connections.
Manchester BID Public Events
Manchester stages the best events and CityCo and Manchester BIDistrict are part of the picture. We support the city’s civic and public events including Manchester Day, Manchester Jazz Festival, Manchester Pride, Manchester International Festival and the Christmas Markets.
We also run our own events to help attract custom into the heart of the city centre and our retailers and restaurants. We are proud to have brought some of the most innovative and PR-grabbing installations to town. Take a look at our Manchester Flower Show, Roof-Top Halloween Monsters, Haunted Maze, Chinese New Year ‘Piglet’, Golden Dragon and Warriors.
Consumer promotional opportunities are presented to BID members via the marketing and PR for the BID’s large-scale public events: The Manchester Flower Show, MCR Student Socials (shopping nights in partnership with Manchester Arndale), Manchester Pride, Halloween in the City and Chinese New Year celebrations.
Manchester city centre and BID levy payers are represented in Marketing Manchester’s local, regional and national promotional campaigns that bring more tourists to Manchester. We work on behalf of businesses in partnership with the tourist board on an annual marketing plan.