A number of local business leaders have formed the Bradford BID Development Group, to investigate the possible creation of a Business Improvement District (BID) in Bradford.

    A BID is a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area. Most are governed by a board made up of businesses who represent the BID area. This means that businesses would have a genuine voice and would decide and direct what they want for the city.

    BIDs are considered to be the leading model of management & development of town & city centres, with almost 300 currently operating across the United Kingdom and it is anticipated that over £500,000 per year could be raised in Bradford to promote & add to the vitality of the city, thus increasing footfall and vibrancy across the entire city centre area.

    Possible projects

    The possible BID projects will emerge from the views of city centre businesses, which is why it is so important for you to complete the survey, although many suggestions have already been proposed, such as:

    • The BID plan is to ensure that the City Centre is an attractive and welcoming place for those who live, work and visit. Importantly, we want to present the best possible appearance to potential investors. The Bradford BID therefore pledges to carry out activities that are completely above and beyond those already being provided by existing organisations.
    • The BID plan is to ensure that the City Centre feels a safe place to visit at any time, day or night. We will do more to improve safety standards and will also communicate the message that actual levels of crime are very low, reducing the unfounded perception that the City Centre is unsafe.
    • The BID plan is to ensure that the City Centre is a vibrant area and a place people can enjoy all year round. We intend to help build on the success of existing events and to introduce a programme of additional activities to further energise Bradford and to draw many more people to visit from the local area and even further afield.
    • The BID plan is to invest in much more promotion and marketing of the City Centre and to ensure that this is targeted at key catchments. We also propose to work with others to ensure that we jointly and consistently promote Bradford much more effectively to a local, regional and national audience.

    Any other ideas are being encouraged as part of the extensive ongoing consultation with businesses and a wide range of views will be taken forwards to create a proposed Business Plan for Bradford.

    We also urge any business to contact us at any stage of this BID process to register your views, ask any questions or request a business visit.