About Manchester BID

Manchester BID is the city’s retail Business Improvement District. The BID is managed by The City Centre Management Company, CityCo.

Our focus is to support Manchester growth by bringing businesses from all sectors together with public agencies: to support the vibrancy and resilience of our city. We work in partnership with Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Police, Marketing Manchester, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Manchester’s homelessness charity network Street Support and other statutory bodies.

As a membership organisation, we represent business interests and ensure members are part of the evolving story of Manchester as a place to invest, work, visit and live. Every success has a story to tell: and we are part of the picture.

The BID is 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.

The team helps businesses to have their opinion heard, expand activities and connect with the right people. We do this by offering a range of Business Services.

How the BID Works

Like all BIDs, the company was set-up following a successful legal ballot of businesses in the specified geographical area. The BID is financed by a levy per property, made on the basis of rateable value.

Manchester BID was inaugurated in 2013. In December 2017 the BID was renewed for a second five-year term following a 77% vote in favour of continuing until at least 2023.

CityCo’s Chief Exec and team are responsible to a BID Board of retail leaders and associate directors for the delivery of the Business Plan.

Through CityCo, our influential network includes not only retailers, but also head offices, SMEs, property firms, culture and leisure venues, professional services, hotels, education and transport organisations.

BID Business Plan

We provide added-value for retailers and restaurants around key themes.

  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

BID Partnerships

Partnerships are key to the success of Manchester BID. The BID is a founding member of the The BID Foundation and Northern BIDs Group. We are also a member of British BIDs and work with the Association of Town Centre Management.