Manchester BID Third Term (2023-28): Help to Shape the next Business Plan

29th Apr 2022

Over the last ten years, Manchester BID has worked closely with its levy payers to deliver events, promote the city centre and make Manchester one of the most vibrant, attractive and resilient city centres in the country.

Now, we’re looking ahead to the next five years. This December, the BID will go to a legal ballot for the third term to continue its vital work.

We have been talking to our retail and hospitality networks over the past year about what you want to see in the next era of the BID.

And we want to continue the conversation.

We have identified a number of pillars of work for the new business plan – some carrying on from work we’ve been doing, some completely new. And we want to talk through these with you and get your ideas.

The BID is Your company: CityCo is engaged to deliver the business plan You help to shape.

So please do get involved and be part of the discussion.

Join Us to Share Your Views

We invite levy payers to a series of ‘Shadow Board’ meetings in May to discuss future plans with BID Manager Phil Schulze and Chief Exec Vaughan Allen.


Thursday 19th May
2-3pm, on Zoom

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Thursday 26th May
10-11am, Manchester BID/CityCo Office
Lloyds House

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Please choose 1 session to attend and register accordingly.

We look forward to meeting with you.

The meetings will present the proposed focuses of the next business plan.

Manchester BID will continue to:

  • Support with the ongoing recovery of Manchester city centre post-pandemic; attracting workers, visitors and tourists and continuing to improve the perception of the city centre
  • Bring people together to stand for business interests and continually improve the city centre
  • Enhance the reputation of the city centre on a national and global scale through events, activities and positive PR
  • Support the Environmental, Social and Governance ambitions of levy payers in supporting staff, dealing with the climate emergency and making the city centre viable for all.

Proposed 2023-28 Business Plan areas of work:

  • Improving the environmental and trading conditions in the city centre
  • Tackling crime and the fear of crime
  • Delivering public events and street activity
  • Delivering positive PR and promotional campaigns
  • Working on initiatives that support levy payers ESG targets
  • Ensuring a consistent ‘Virtual Table’ to represent levy payer interests across the city.

This is Your BID. Have Your Say.


What is a BID?

A Business Improvement District is a specific geographical area where businesses agree to invest in extra services and initiatives that support and enhance the trading environment.

Funding is brought together from a levy, based on commercial business rates.

Activities are agreed in a set Business Plan, which is then voted-on in a legal ballot. If successful, BIDs run for a period of five-years per ‘term’.

The BID model is operating in most towns and cities across the UK, Europe, USA and beyond. Most UK city centres have BIDs including Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff – as well as many in London.

Manchester first launched its BID in 2013, and therefore has had a Business Improvement District in place for almost 10 years. The BID currently runs across Market Street, King Street, Deansgate, St Ann’s Square, New Cathedral Street and Exchange Square

How is it governed?

Manchester Business Improvement District is an independent, not-for-profit, limited-by-guarantee company, governed by a board of directors.

Manchester BID is managed by CityCo, The City Centre Management Company. CityCo’s Chief Exec and staff are responsible to a BID board for the delivery of the
business plan.

The board is made up of representatives from levy-paying businesses who sit alongside non-exec directors from city stakeholders. The group meets quarterly, and a finance committee, bi-monthly.

The current Chair is Jane Sharrocks, General Manager of Selfridges Exchange Square.

What is the 2022 ballot schedule?

The second Manchester BID term ends in April 2023. To decide whether the BID continues for a third term, a ballot of eligible hereditaments (rateable commercial units) will take place this December. If successful, a new term will start in April 2023.

Electoral Reform Services will conduct a postal ballot that meets this timetable:

• Sunday 24th October: Official note of ballot sent to businesses
• Monday 7th November: Ballot papers dispatched
• Monday 5th December: Final ballot date
• Tuesday 6th December: Ballot count and result announced by 5pm
• April 2023: Manchester’s third BID term starts