WHAT IS A BID?
A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led and business-funded not-for-profit organisation formed to deliver improvements through additional services to a defined commercial area.
The first BID commenced in January 2005. Now there are over 300 across the UK. BIDs operate for a maximum of five years within the legislative framework. If they wish to continue they must go through a renewal ballot process to secure another BID term of up to five years.
The Stoke-on-Trent City Centre BID represents 436 businesses and organisations in an area spanning 75 streets. The businesses pay an annual levy to create a combined pot of funding, ring-fenced for use in the BID area, to guarantee core service delivery and deliver an ambitious business plan to transform Stoke-On-Trent City Centre – improving experiences, standards and adding value for investors, visitors, workers and residents alike.
BUSINESSES IN STOKE-ON-TRENT CITY CENTRE VOTE 'YES' TO BID
83% IN FAVOUR BY NUMBER
79% IN FAVOUR BY RV
Read our latest BID Newsletter here
Download our Business Plan here
Click here for the list of streets in the BID area
Download our Contribution Notice here
Our Operating Agreement can be found here
A BID PROMISE
Over 79% of those surveyed said they wanted a BID in this city to:
“Promote and support a safe, welcoming and engaging city centre destination”
Emerging priorities came under three main categories:
Safe & Sound -
Projects to transform the environment and streetscene to create a great setting for all
An attractive trading environment
Anti-social behaviour ‘hot spot’ zero tolerance
Supporting diverted giving activities
Positive and Promoted - Place Marketing
Projects to change perceptions, engage visitors and encourage exploration of the city. Work with partners to reach primary and secondary catchments.
Seasons in the City events and marketing campaigns
City centre loyalty
Inward investment strategy with local authority
Independent business campaign
Connecting day and night time economies
Collaboration with Visit Stoke and Visit Staffordshire
Connecting and Connected -
Business Community Support
Projects to create a strong collaborative network of businesses, enabling fast and relevant communication and knowledge sharing when needed
Anti-social behaviour data sharing
Independent business mentoring
BID business networking programme
BID business directory
BID info service