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Business Improvement Districts

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are an American idea that has been imported into the UK with one or two modifications.

The basic idea is that businesses can decide on a package of measures they think their area needs and then vote on whether they want to pay for them or not. If the majority vote yes (and they represent over half of the rateable value of the businesses that vote) in a formal referendum, the money is collected as an extra levy on their Uniform Business Rates (UBR) and it is ring-fenced and cannot be used for anything else.

The actual area is determined by the enthusiasm of businesses to support a BID and the Business Forum is surveying businesses and holding focus groups to find out which areas are potential Business Improvement Districts.

For a video of BID projects click here

This page will keep interested parties updated as we gather more information and BIDs start to take shape.

Business Improvement Districts

  • Brighton and Hove
    Brighton BID Winter/Spring 2014 Newsletter 3 February 2014
    Brighton BID Autumn/Winter Newsletter now out 4 October 2013
    A day in the life of the Business Improvement District [BID] Ambassadors 26 September 2013
    Let Business Improvement Districts [BIDs] run the high streets 13 September 2013

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    17 April 2014
    Unemployment falls below Bank of England threshold for interest rate review
    14 April 2014
    Could this be the month when people get richer [finally] 14 April 2014
    Brighton sees second highest increase in disposable income 11 April 2014
    Brighton University relaunches ProfitNet 11 April 2014
    Top five stories in March 2014 10 April 2014
    Job opportunity 9 April 2014
    Into Work 7 April 2014
    LEP seeks £559 million for growth and infrastructure plan 7 April 2014
    Ex-Brighton Director appointed next door. 4 April 2014
    Gatwick runway options consultation 4 April 2014
    Self employment option for JSA claimants 4 April 2014
    Brighton and Hove's connected future 2 April 2014
    Calling all social enterprises that need funding 1 April 2014
    National Park boundary error could deliver 2,000 new homes 27 March 2014
    Further consultation on office to residential change of use 27 March 2014
    Consumers return to splurge 27 March 2014
    Latest Economic Development Bulletin 25 March 2014
    Declining petrol prices push inflation to four year low 25 March 2014
    UKTI Export Week at The Amex 25 March 2014
    Sign of the times [to come]. 21 March 2014
    Right Match' apprenticeship event creates new pledges from employers 21 March 2014
    Flexible Working rights delayed 19 March 2014
    Budget 2014 14 March 2014
    Greater Brighton City Deal signed 14 March 2014
    £20m power station; work set to start 10 March 2014
    Brighton's independent retailers losing business by ignoring digital opportunities 9 March 2014
    £36m i360 loan approved 8 March 2014
    University's £1bn contribution to local economy 8 March 2014
    London Road takes another step in the right direction 7 March 2014
    Ecommerce sellers predict business growth for 2014. 7 March 2014
    Employers invited to attend 'Right Match Apprenticeship Event' 7 March 2014
    Newhaven is one of 50 Coastal Communities Fund winners 4 March 2014
    £400,000 of programmes to boost businesses 1 March 2014
    i360: Grab this opportunity with both hands 28 February 2014
    Over half of city's restaurants have 5 star rating but . . . 28 February 2014
    Top 5 stories in February 2014 27 February 2014
    Business investment show signs of cementing the recovery? 27 February 2014
    Grants available for high speed internet installation 26 February 2014
    Minimum wage recommendations 26 February 2014
    South East Dance funding success