What other BIDs have done

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are fast becoming the best and most sustainable form of town centre management, and with close to 200 established BIDs across the UK most towns and cities have a BID or are looking at developing one.

Nearby BID towns include Shrewsbury, Solihull, Derby Cathedral Quarter, Stratford Upon Avon, Worcester, Leamington Spa and Sutton Coldfield.

There are 13 BIDs in Birmingham alone, including a BID in the business district of Colmore Row and a newly established BID in the Jewellery Quarter.

Here’s a quick overview of what other BIDs have achieved across the country:

Stratford Upon Avon BID  www.stratforward.co.uk

  • Created and maintained five websites for Stratford
  • Carried out regional and national leafleting campaign
  • 40,000 visited the River Festival
  • 40,000 visitors for Festival of Motoring
  • 42% increase in footfall for 10 day Arts Festival
  • Large outdoor screen installed to stream the Olympics
  • Team of Town Hosts supporting the night time economy
  • All businesses received significant discounting parking for staff
  • Spends £90,000 per year on PR and marketing for Stratford
  • Spends £100,000 per year on events, festivals and street entertainment

Bath BID  www.bathbid.co.uk

  • Organised and funded the Christmas lights switch on with comedian John Bishop and BBC The One Show
  • Employ teams of BID Marshalls and BID Night Rangers keeping Bath safe
  • Developed and launched the official Bath App – downloaded 21,000 times in 12 months
  • Spends £300,000 per year on promotion and events
  • Derby Cathedral Quarter BID
  • All BID employees park for £1.70 per day
  • Annual Food and Drinks Awards for businesses
  • Cathedral Quarter Rangers
  • £480,000 spent on improving the Cathedral Quarter Experience – clean / safe / PR / marketing / events

Broad Street Birmingham BID www.broadstreetbirmingham.com/broad-street-business-improvement-district/

  • Recorded crime down 50.7%
  • Recorded crime on licenced premise down 50.2%
  • 87% of visitors thought that Broad Street was safe / safer than before the BID
  • 385 hanging baskets within the BID area every year
  • Generated £2.1 million of positive media coverage in a 12 month period
  • Created the high profile ‘Walk of Stars’ on Broad Street
  • Installed 37,000 LED tree lights
  • BID branded taxi wardens
  • BID branded door supervisors
  • BID radio link
  • Regularly deep clean footpaths
  • New set of BID branded litter bins

Retail Birmingham BID  www.retailbirmingham.co.uk

  • Developed the nationally recognised ‘Style Birmingham’ brand and marketing / events programme
  • BID branded street wardens
  • Produced and distributed 250,000 shopping guides and maps region-wide
  • Reduced bagged waste on streets by 91.3%
  • Maintained footfall well above the national average (+4.1% compared to +1.1% nationally)
  • Reduced business crime by 31%

Lincoln BID  www.lincolnbig.co.uk

  • Organised over 160 days of events including continental markets, craft fairs, car rallies, jazz week
  • Camden BID
  • Funded an additional 28 uniformed Police Officers (6,880 additional hours of policing in Camden)
  • Reduced crime by 30%
  • All streets cleaned at least once per day – in addition to Council
  • Introduced London’s first 24 hour Pop-Up space
  • Removed 4000 items of graffiti

Wincester BID www.winchesterbid.co.uk

  • 25% increase of daily tours of the city (90% up on pre-BID figures)
  • £48,000 Christmas campaign

Plymouth BID  www.waterfrontbid.co.uk

  • Daytime crime reduced by 23%
  • 300,000 additional daytime visitors to the city centre since the start of the BID
  • Plymouth BID manages the Council car parking service


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