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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
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    29 October 2014
    Free training for local businesses.
    27 October 2014
    Free training for staff in licensed premises 23 October 2014
    Are you a Living Wage employer? 22 October 2014
    2014 sees a dramatic fall in the number of shops on the High Street 22 October 2014
    Top spot for investment 17 October 2014
    City Plan passes the first hurdle 15 October 2014
    Unemployment down again 15 October 2014
    Conference to help Brighton businesses get 'fit for the future' 10 October 2014
    Could Rother give some cheer to Brighton? 10 October 2014
    King Alfred finally goes to market 9 October 2014
    Food and happiness 6 October 2014
    Brighton job growth success 5 October 2014
    Support the City Plan 1 October 2014
    LEP seeks new Board member 29 September 2014
    Stamp'n WIN when you shop in Hove or Portslade this Christmas 29 September 2014
    Leadership course with an African twist 26 September 2014
    UK cuts to last five more years 25 September 2014
    First loan from new Coast to Capital fund goes to a Brighton company 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.