Bristol City Centre BID

Taking care of business

Bristol’s City Centre Business Improvement District (BID).......exists solely to introduce significant improvements for the benefit of its levy payers.

Our partnership approach will develop a strong and successful environment enabling all organisations within the BID area to thrive. 



The majority of votes cast were in favour of the BID proposal. 72.6% of the votes cast were in favour - the full official result is available in Downloads.

The BID will commence on 1st November 2017, in the meantime we are planning and preparing for a great start in November/ December 2017.

Thank you to all those who voted.


Bills for the BID levy will be sent to levy payers* on 9th October 2017. The BID levy is 1.5% of the Rateable Value of the property. 

*the criteria for levy payers is laid out in the Prospectus below (or the Business Plan in Downloads).


If you have any questions please contact Keith Rundle on 0117 946 2215


This BID will focus on:

Improving Safety

Improving the Welcome

Improving the 'Look and Feel'

Promoting our Success

Acting in your Best Interest 

Strong governance and the many years of experience that Destination Bristol has managing and delivering BIDs means we will deliver quality services through the BID alongside offering great value for money for you all.



This ballot follows a 2 year period of development and consultation.The initiatives and projects of improvements were suggested by, and shaped through, an extensive consultation exercise 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 is available as a reading version below. Hard copies were sent to all representatives of, and voters for, businesses by post and by e-mail.


The Business Plan is available for download.


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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Latest News

Bristol Half Marathon Road Closure Information

Please see below from Tom Westman: Please find below the citywide letter wich went out on 30th August to advise of road closures. Businesses and certain areas of the course where access is more difficult have also been written to separately. 

BID Governance - Management Board

It is time to build the BID Management Board. This Board will meet on (at least) a quarterly basis. Representation of this Board will oversee the strategic direction and financial management of the BID. Where decisions are required voting rights are only held by levy payer representatives.