Businesses vote YES to extend Chester BID for a Third Term

Businesses vote YES to extend Chester BID for a Third Term

Following a decade of achievements, a record number of businesses have voted in favour of extending Chester BID, the Business Improvement District for Chester city centre, for a further 5 years. Over 57% of eligible businesses took part with a record 96% voting in favour (98% by rateable value) – a 12% increase on the 2019 ballot.

Established in 2014 Chester BID is a not-for-profit, democratically elected body that represents over 430 city centre businesses, ranging from beloved independents to renowned national brands. As well as helping to look after the city centre, the BID delivers a variety of impactful projects aimed at driving footfall, increasing dwell time and encouraging consumer spend.

Under its three core themes: Enhancing, Supporting, and Promoting, the BID’s influence can be seen through initiatives including a daily cleaning and maintenance service, the planting of thousands of summer flowers and the installation of life-saving defibrillators. The BID’s promotional campaigns help raise Chester’s profile amongst consumers and investors, whilst the Chester Gift Card helps lock funds into the high street.

Carl Critchlow, CEO of Chester BID, said: “Work carried out by Chester BID directly supports businesses and provides broader benefits for visitors, tourists, and everyone who comes to Chester. I am incredibly proud of what Chester BID has achieved over the last ten years and such a positive result gives us a strong mandate for the future. Thank you to all our businesses for their continued support.”

2024 also marks the 20th anniversary of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in England. Since their introduction in 2004, there are now over 320 BIDs operating across the country, enhancing towns, cities, and destinations.

For more information on Chester BID’s priorities for the next five years, please visit their 2024-2029 business plan at Chester BID Business Plan.