Bristol City Centre BID

Taking care of business

“A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led partnership that works co-operatively to identify, and fund, through a levy, initiatives, projects and events that are beneficial for the business environment within a defined area.”


In June 2017 Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) will begin a ballot of businesses to approve a BID. This follows a 2 year period of development and consultation.The initiatives and projects of improvements were suggested by, and shaped through, an extensive consultation exercises that invited comments and engagement from all businesses and organisations.

The proposed BID area is shown on the map on the City Centre BID page of this website.


The BID prospectus will be available on this website from 13th April. It is currently being sent to all representatives of, and voters for, businesses by post and by e-mail.

Some key points of this BID are:

  • Businesses from all sectors that operate in the city centre will benefit from, and are included in, the BID proposal.
  • The aim is for Bristol city centre to be increasingly known for its safe, attractive and welcoming ‘look and feel’ by all those who come to work, study, visit and spend time.
  • The BID will invest £6m to support this substantial improvement over its 5 year initial term .
  • The BID services and projects MUST be in addition to what Bristol City Council already provides - a BID cannot provide what the Council must already provide.


A successful City Centre BID is critical to help keep Bristol at the forefront of UK cities – there are already BIDs of similar scope and size driving the ambitions of other core UK cities. Examples include Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds , Nottingham and Cardiff.



What is a BID

A Business Improvement District (BID) is an area where businesses have the opportunity to join together to fund additional projects for their mutual benefit.

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City Centre BID

The Bristol City Centre BID will develop and deliver additional services to create an environment where businesses can thrive.

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Get involved

The BID is developed by the city centre businesses, for the city centre businesses – so, please, as local businesses, get involved and get your ideas heard.

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