About Manchester BID

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 in central Manchester inc. Circle Square, St John’s Neighbourhood, Mayfield, NOMA and Kampus
  • £300 million worth of cultural development projects in the pipeline inc. Factory, Halle St Peters, Band on the Wall, RHS Bridgewater, Science & Industry Museum, Manchester Museum,
  • £1.5 billion tram line expansion continuing 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 recent development Manchester Arndale, the UK’s busiest inner-city shopping centre.

Every success has a story to tell: Manchester’s Business Improvement District (Manchester BID) and management company CityCo, are part of the picture.

Our focus is to support city 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.

Manchester BID Community

The Business Improvement District is a consortium of more than 400 leading retail and restaurant brands. Businesses are investing together to enhance Manchester’s central shopping area.

The BID district spans Manchester’s retail and leisure district, taking in Market Street, New Cathedral Street, Manchester Arndale, Exchange Square, Barton Arcade, St Ann’s Square, King Street and Deansgate.

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, Colette, Debenhams, Diesel, Disney Store, DKNY, Dorothy Perkins, Fat Face, French Connection, GAP, H&M, Harvey Nichols, Hobbs, Hollister, House of Fraser, Hugo Boss, El Gato Negro, Jack Wills, Jamie’s Italian,  Jigsaw, Jones Bootmakers, Karen Millen, Kurt Geiger, Lego, Levi’s, Lunya, L’Occitane, Lloyds, 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, Thomas Cook, Thorntons, TK Maxx TM Lewin, Topman, Topshop, Trevor Sorbie, Ugg, Urban Outfitters, Vidal Sassoon, Virgin Money, Vision Express, Waterstones, WHSmith, Whittards, Yo Sushi, Zara.

BID Company

The BID Company was set-up in 2013 following a successful legal ballot of all businesses in the specified geographical area.

The organisation 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 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 more here.

What Manchester BID does

The BID’s remit is to provide added-value for levy payers around key themes, all agreed by businesses during consultation periods.

  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 city public authorities inc. 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 our public events, attracted millions of pounds-worth of PR and built and maintained effective city partnerships.

As Manchester grows with its expanding transport infrastructure, new property and cultural developments, the BID is harnessing the city’s positive outlook and looking to the future.

Working in partnership

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.

More Information

To discuss the work of Manchester’s Business Improvement District, please email Phil Schulze.