Manchester BID: The Story so Far

In 2016, The Lonely Planet rated Manchester as one of the top ten places to visit in the world. The Manchester BID has played its part in transforming our reputation.


  • A record 26 million passengers at Manchester Airport in 2016
  • £1 billion investment planned for Manchester Airport
  • The second most visited city in England by domestic visitors
  • The third most visited UK destination by international visitors
  • Each year 40 million people visit the heart of Manchester shopping district, spending more than £900 million
  • Rated the UK’s top shopping economy outside London by Colliers International

Every success has a story to tell

There are almost 400 members of Manchester’s Business Improvement District and since 2013, through CityCo, they have been working together to transform our city centre offer. Together, members contribute £1 million each year.

The first four years in numbers

We’re focused on success at all times and have four themes at our heart

  • Footfall
  • Standards
  • Promotion
  • Communication

As one of England’s leading Business Improvement Districts, we’ve worked hard to measure our performance and success.

Flick through our Story so Far brochure to read about what we promised to deliver and our success since:

And see our public events on film:

After four years of hard work, in December 2017 we’ll ask our members to re-endorse our plan for a prosperous, safe and hugely successful heart of Manchester. It would lead to:

  • Greater footfall
  • A stronger voice for retailers
  • Successful promotions
  • Greater standards and security

What happens next?

The current Manchester BID comes to an end in March 2018. Following a member survey in autumn 2016 and a Shadow Board process we are consulting on whether the BID should be extended for another five years. Monthly meetings are determining the remit of the next Business Plan and will debate how future projects could benefit the retail community.

There will be full vote on a new Business Plan from November 2017 with result in December.

For more information and to share your priorities for the next BID please contact Phil Schulze.