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 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: Manchester’s Business Improvement District (Manchester BID) is 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.

Manchester BID Community

Manchester BID is a working consortium of 400+ leading retailers and restaurants. Businesses are investing together to enhance Manchester’s shopping district.

The BID district spans Manchester’s’ central retail and leisure district, taking in Market Street, New Cathedral Street, Manchester Arndale, Exchange Square, 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, Agent Provocateur, Aldi, All Saints, American Apparel, Apple, Argos, Barbour, Belstaff, Boodles, Boots, Burberry, Camper, Cath Kidston, Clarks Shoes, Clas Ohlson, Debenhams, Diesel, Disney Store, DKNY, Dorothy Perkins, Fat Face, Gap, H&M, Harvey Nichols, Henri Lloyd, Hobbs, Hollister, House of Fraser, Hugo Boss, Jack Wills, Jaeger, Jones Bootmakers, Karen Millen, Knickerbox, Kurt Geiger, Lego, Levis, LK Bennett, L’Occitane, McDonalds, Mango, Marks and Spencer, Miss Selfridge, Molton Brown, Monsoon, New Look, Next, Nike, Oasis, Paperchase, Patisserie Valerie, Pizza Hut, Pret a Manger, Pretty Green, Primark, Reiss, River Island, Russel & Bromley, Ryman, Selfridges, Space NK, Specsavers, STA Travel, Superdrug, Superdry, Swarovski, Swatch, Ted Baker, The Body Shop, The Carphone Warehouse, The Pen Shop, The White Company, Thomas Cook, Thomas Pink, Thorntons, TK Maxx, TM Lewin, Tommy Hilfiger, Topman, Topshop, Trevor Sorbie, Ugg, Urban Outfitters, Vidal Sassoon, Virgin Money, Vision Express, Warehouse, Waterstones, WH Smith, Whittards, Yo Sushi, Zara.

The BID Company

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 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.

What the BID does

The Manchester BID’s remit is to provide added-value for levy payers around key themes, all agreed by the business community during consultation periods:

  1. Attracting footfall in ‘dip’ retail periods through a programme of public festivals and events
  2. Increasing environmental standards through operational and security support
  3. Increasing the profile of the city through promotional partnerships, campaigns and positive PR
  4. Increasing communication and co-working across the retail and restaurant community
  5. Providing a lobbying voice with city authorities including Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Police.

Since launch, the 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 city partnerships.

We have also encouraged more and more participation from levy payers to ensure retailers are making the most of the range of Business Services.

As Manchester grows with its expanding transport infrastructure, new property 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 and work with public authorities, 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 our BID Manager Phil Schulze.