Vote Yes for Retail BID’s third term 19th September 2016

The Retail BID, the Business Improvement District for Birmingham city centre’s retail area since 2007, are now asking its members to ‘Vote Yes’ from September 19th until 27th October 2016 to renew the company’s mandate to support the city centre from 2017 to 2022.

In 2015, visitor numbers to Birmingham grew at a faster rate than any other UK regional city and demand for new office space and development of hotels rooms is at a thirteen year high. New Street Station continues to see investment, while the opening of John Lewis and Grand Central and the relaunch of the Mailbox is reshaping perceptions of the city.
The Midland Metro is now up and running, bringing with it more customers to the retail area and with the development of HS2 now on the horizon, the city streets are seeing a resurgence in new and expanded retailers, bars, restaurants and hotels.

Retail BID will not replace council services – we firmly believe that Business Improvement Districts offer additional support and services. However the need for the Retail BID to be a strong voice to protect and influence the management of the city centre retail area is as clearer than ever.

It remains vitally important for businesses to ‘Vote Yes’ for a third term to ensure Retail BID can continue to support Members and develop our world class City Centre experience for businesses and visitors.
"As a new retailer into the city we have found the Retail BID extremely helpful in establishing ourselves within Birmingham and helping us to connect with other businesses. The Retail BID team has been an invaluable resource in answering questions and finding the right contacts. They will help influence issues that affect retailers and have been a great way of pulling the retail offer for Birmingham together."
Lisa Williams
John Lewis Birmingham, Head of Branch

Our Business Plan…In Brief

£2.6m total income|1% BID levy|2017 - 2022

Birmingham is well known as the UK capital of BIDs, and Retail BID will be the first in the City to enter a third term if the Ballot is successful. It is vital that we continue to work together with stakeholders and other BIDs to create a stronger city centre experience.

Our Business Plan for a Third Term reflects Retail BID’s belief that, together, Birmingham City Centre can be greater than the sum of its parts. To achieve this, our Business Plan for the next five years follows three themes.

The first focuses on The Birmingham Welcome, helping to ensure that the City Centre is an attractive, safe and well-managed place for businesses and visitors.
The second builds on The Birmingham Experience, taking in projects such as reimagining New Street as a place to enjoy and trade, creating a Digital City Centre that engages with visitors and customers online, in print and on street, and continuing our promotional and event work.
The final theme is Business Support and Growth, and expands on our work to enhance businesses in the BID area, our work representing, engaging and networking our Members for their benefit, and supporting the 24,000 jobs sustained within the BID area.

We are working on our full Business Plan now, and this will be sent to all BID Members and voters in the summer. We will be contacting national voters in due course, and in the meantime if you would like more information, please get in touch.

Retail BID 2nd Term so far



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additional income


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Shopping Maps distributed


m2 cleaned


pieces of chewing gum removed


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Celebration of Independents Guides distributed

Your ‘Yes’ vote in 2012 made all of these successes possible. Retail BID would like you to ‘Vote Yes’ in September 2016 to ensure we can build upon this work and do more for Birmingham City Centre.

The Renewal Ballot

In September this year, the BID will ask its members to ‘Vote Yes’ to renew the company’s mandate to support City Centre businesses 2017 – 2022. Consultation has taken place with local Members on the content our business plan for the next term and this will be launched in the Summer.

The secret ballot will be managed by Independent Scrutineer Electoral Reform Services on behalf of Birmingham City Council and if successful, the BID will continue until 2022. BID’s operate within the legislative framework provided by Local Government Act 2003 and Business Improvement District (England) Regulations 2004.

The timeline towards Retail BID’s renewal ballot is as follows:

Launch of BID3 Business Plan: Summer 2016

Notification of Ballot posted to all eligible voters: 5th September 2016

Ballot papers posted to all eligible voters: 19th September 2016

Close of ballot: 27th October 2016, 1700

Declaration of result: 28th October 2016

"Without the Retail BID, we wouldn’t be here. Retail BID’s support during a turbulent five years has been really important. Finally, Corporation Street is returning to what it once was – a high-profile Birmingham shopping street - people walking down Corporation Street and across to Grand Central are proper shoppers. The BID team are always there for me to address local issues, and finding almost £1,000,000 in financial support for small businesses during the building works was incredible."
David Johnson
Rex Johnson & Sons, Owner

Operating Agreement

Between the Retail BID and Birmingham City Council which governs how the BID levy monies are collected and administered and handed over to the BID.

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Baseline Agreements

As partners in the BID, Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police will enter into baseline/service level agreements to benchmark and monitor the delivery of relevant existing services upon BID renewal.

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The Bid Area

  • Bennetts Hill
  • Brunel Street
  • Bull Street
  • Burlington Arcade
  • Cannon Street
  • Carrs Lane
  • Cherry Street
  • City Arcade
  • Colmore Row
  • Corporation Street
  • Edgbaston Street
  • Ethel Street
  • Fore Street
  • Great Western Arcade
  • High Street
  • Hill Street
  • John Bright Street
  • Lower Severn Street
  • Lower Temple Street
  • Martineau Place
  • Navigation Street
  • Needless Alley
  • New Street
  • North Western Arcade
  • Paradise Street
  • Piccadilly Arcade
  • Pinfold Street
  • St Philips Place
  • Station Street
  • Stephenson Place
  • Stephenson Street
  • Suffolk Street Queensway
  • Temple Row
  • Temple Street
  • Union Passage
  • Union Street
  • Victoria Square
  • Waterloo Street