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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
    Retail vacancy rates looking healthy 27 May 2014
    Brighton’s Schools decorate the city centre for summer 25 April 2014
    Brighton BID Winter/Spring 2014 Newsletter 3 February 2014

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    20 September 2014
    Planning committee almost unanimous in Circus Street approval
    19 September 2014
    Free signposting service for business support 18 September 2014
    HMRC's [time-limited] gesture of kindness to small businesses 18 September 2014
    Gatwick expansion 16 September 2014
    Growing environmental industries 15 September 2014
    Clubbers leave their cash at home 15 September 2014
    Greater Brighton Economic Board job vacancy 14 September 2014
    Major Projects Update 14 September 2014
    Circus Street goes to planning on Wednesday. Will the committee bottle it? 12 September 2014
    Minimum wage increases in a couple of weeks 12 September 2014
    Family Investments to merge with Engage Mutual 8 September 2014
    Brighton & Hove Social Enterprise Network celebrates the UK's first Social Saturday 6 September 2014
    Economic Partnership supports City Plan's urban fringe housing proposals 4 September 2014
    Another Growth Grant Clinic on offer 4 September 2014
    Free digital masterclass with Google 4 September 2014
    Brighton bus company's parent sees record profits 1 September 2014
    Brighton comes 5th in High Growth Index 30 August 2014
    Local TV station kicks off 29 August 2014
    Forty new Garden Cities needed 29 August 2014
    British Chambers of Commerce upgrades UK economic growth forecast 28 August 2014
    Top 5 stories in August 2014 27 August 2014
    Dispelling Mental Health Myths in the Workplace. 20 August 2014
    New funding for Brighton & Hove Food Partnership 20 August 2014
    Is obesity about to become an official disability in the workplace? 20 August 2014
    Brighton House Price Update Q2 2014 18 August 2014
    Entries rolling in for 26th Sussex Business Awards 14 August 2014
    Business Growth Grants on offer 13 August 2014
    UK Youth unemployment problem may be more intractable than thought but Brighton excels 12 August 2014
    How dense is too dense when it comes to housing? 8 August 2014
    New office block and homes proposed in Davigdor Road 7 August 2014
    HMRC debt recovery plans under fire 4 August 2014
    Brighton student cost of living survey 31 July 2014
    Amount of office space declines as new change of use rules take effect 31 July 2014
    Why the time to recruit is now 31 July 2014
    Graham Cox selected as Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for 2015 30 July 2014
    New Vice Chair for Coast to Capital LEP 30 July 2014
    Brighton i360 work starts 28 July 2014
    New flexible start-up workspace 28 July 2014
    Amex supports Brighton Digital Festival 25 July 2014
    Majority of Sussex businesses plan to expand workforce in next 12 months