Canterbury Bid

Board nomination and selection

At the beginning of every BID term, we invite any levy-paying business or organisation in the BID area to nominate themselves to serve on the Board until the end of each BID term. 


Any representative of a levy paying business or organisation that has paid its levy in full and agrees to represent the BID in a positive manner is eligible to be a Director and serve on the Board. They must continue to pay in full within three months of each annual bill.

Voluntary Members who are not designated Members are not eligible to serve as Directors but can serve as non-voting Observers.


Places on the Canterbury BID Board are as follows:

Designated: Places which are representatives from the following organisations do not require to be nominated: Canterbury City Council, Kent County Council, Canterbury Cathedral, Whitefriars Shopping Centre, the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, each with one designated representative subject to paying the BID levy, voluntary or otherwise.

Observers: Non-voting Observer places are allocated at the discretion of the Board in order to gain valuable input from our local community. Current Observers include the Canterbury Society, the Alliance of Canterbury Residents’ Associations (ACRA) to represent the residents’ views at Board meetings, and Kent Police to provide input on safety and security.

Elected: There are further fifteen places as Directors for levy payers to nominate themselves, six of which are explicitly for certain sectors and so can only be filled by a levy payer from those sectors; and a further nine places are open to any levy payer, irrespective of sector, size or location. You can nominate yourself to more than one category, for example hospitality and/or general.

No. PlacesSector
1National retail
1Independent retail
1Night time economy: e.g. pub, club, bar
1Hospitality: e.g. theatre, cinema, events & festivals, pub, restaurant, hotel, B&B
2Business / professional services: e.g. property, finance, accountancy, law, marketing, dentistry
9General: any levy paying business / organisation

Board Chair: The BID Board Chair must be a Board Director and must be elected from among the Board and represent a levy paying business.