A Business Improvement District (BID) is a defined geographical area which the local businesses have voted to invest in collectively to improve its environment. A BID organisation is then established to administer and achieve this which answers to a Board of local business people. BIDs provide additional or improved services as identified and requested by local businesses which is funded by a levy on local businesses. Services are specific to the needs of the area and range from public realm improvements, member benefits, extra safety, cleaning or environmental measures.
There are over 210 BIDs nationwide, including eight in the City of Westminster: our neighbours are the New West End Company (NWEC), Heart of London Business Alliance, Marble Arch BID, Paddington BID, The Fitzrovia Partnership and Victoria BID.
Our first ballot
For a BID ballot to be successful, it must be won on two counts:
1 / A straight majority of the number of those voting
2 / By a majority in the rateable value of those voting
We received an overwhelming majority on both counts in our ballot in 2013 where over 80% of businesses voting, voted to form a BID.
BID term & renewal
Every five years each Business Improvement District in the UK is legally required to ask its members to vote again so that its services and projects can continue and further projects can be created. For us, that vote will take place in 2017, as our members initially voted yes in 2013. Our renewal ballot will take place in November 2017 and the process centres on a formal postal ballot conducted by Westminster Council. One person has the vote for each business. We will be looking to continue our successful services and projects to date and from now until our renewal date we will be asking your views on these and exciting new projects you would like us to develop from 2018. The 2016 Annual Survey will be your first opportunity to feed into our renewal plans.
Full BID levy rules
The formation of a BID is enabled by Government legislation and regulation. You can view a full version of our BID levy rules here as required by statute. If you have any questions please do get in touch. You can view all of our organisational documents including our annual reports, initial BID proposal and annual invoice leaflets here.