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.

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 at 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 forthcoming at Manchester Arndale, the UK’s largest inner city shopping centre

Every success has a story to tell and Manchester’s Business Improvement District is part of the picture.

Since 2013, 400 retail businesses have been working together, through CityCo, to support the city’s growth and our city centre offer.

The first BID term in numbers

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

  • Increasing footfall
  • Increasing standards
  • Increasing promotion
  • Increasing communication

As one of the UK’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 five 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 have published a Draft Business Plan for a new five year term.

For more information and to share your priorities for Manchester’s next BID, please talk to BID Manager Phil Schulze.