About Chester BID

Welcome to Chester BID

The Business Improvement District for Chester.

Chester BID covers a defined area of the city centre representing over 430 businesses to create an enticing overall visitor experience and ensure continued investment in the city centre.

Our aim is to make Chester a retail, business and leisure destination of choice where people are proud to live, work and visit.

Chester BID Remit city Centre Map

Chester BID is a business-led initiative.

Each term of the BID runs for five years and means that over each term approximately £2.5m will be generated and reinvested back into the city centre, focusing on events, business savings, marketing, The Chester Welcome and working together as one city with one voice.

There are currently over 430 businesses, with a rateable value of more than £18,000, situated within the BID designated city area.

Each of these BID members businesses contribute a levy equal to 1.5% of their premises rateable value every year to fund a wide range of improvements identified by the businesses themselves and set out in the Chester BID business plan.

Every item of expenditure has contributed towards achieving our goals of promoting of the city, creating a warm city welcome and ultimately working together to make things happen.


Meet your BID Team

Chester BID Team 2024
Carl Critchlow Chester BID

Carl Critchlow

Chief Executive
Luka Morrell Chester BID

Luka Morrell

Business Engagement Manager


Monica Roman Chester BID

Monica Roman

Ian Macdonald Chester BID

Ian Macdonald

Digital Channel Manager


Tom & Lloyd

BID Maintenance Operatives


Chester BID maintenance Operatives Tom and Lloyd

What We Do

Mission Statement: We make things happen. Through a programme of business-focused initiatives, we promote, support and represent our members, working to enhance the Chester experience for both businesses and consumers.

Vision Statement: Our vision is to drive Chester forward and create a city centre fit for the future.

Chester BID Board: March 2023 saw a new Chair for Chester BID, Neil Hardy. Neil says  “I fell in love with Chester as soon as I visited all those years ago, it’s history and buildings are just breathtaking. But having lived and worked here for the best part of my life, and becoming an adopted cestrian, I know it’s so much more than that”. Read his full press release here.

Meet the BID Board

Carl Critchlow Chester BID

Carl Critchlow

Chester BID

Neil Hardy Chester BID

Neil Hardy


Ian Gordon

Ian Gordon

IKO Hospitality (Liquor & Co, The Cabinet Club and Craft & Co)

John Welsh Chester BID

John Welsh

Hickory’s / Barlounge

Paul Wildes

Paul Wildes

The Wildes Group

Nigel Driver

Nigel Driver

Grosvenor Estate

Gemma Davies Chester BID

Gemma Davies

Cheshire West & Chester Council

Kate Mcevoy Chester BID

Kate Mcevoy


Rebecca Bradbury

Rebecca Bradbury 

will powell

Will Powell

Powells Jewellers

Emma McGlinchey

Emma McGlinchey

Co. Secretary / Aaron & Partners

John Farrell

John Farrell

Ellis & Co

Steph Peters pastry pedaleur

Stephanie Peters

Pastry Pédaleur

Andy Farrall

Andy Farrall

Andy Farrall limited

Tim Stratford

Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford

Chester Cathedral

Helen OSullivan

Helen O’Sullivan

University of Chester