Canterbury Bid


The BID provides free business support and will ensure that you have access to the information you need to help with day-to-day and longer-term challenges and opportunities.

Business Insights – Your BID provides regular city performance reports with essential information about your trading environment: vacancy rates, footfall, sales performance, transport and tourism.

Representing your voice – We represent you and lobby for your priorities at committees and working groups, ensuring the voice of business is heard covering topics such as transport and access, cleaning and graffiti, connectivity, public realm improvements, marketing and events, the night time economy, heritage and anti-social behaviour.

The BID is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Town Centres which has led to lobbying for Diverted Giving and calling for a review of Business Rates in favour of High Street businesses, and the BID’s Chief Executive is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Association of Town and City Management

Free networking and training – The BID provides free training and workshops on topics relevant to you such as digital marketing, business rates grants, sustainability and for ENTE businesses free Zero Tolerance training. We provide free monthly networking which see 50+ business members attending each month. The networking sessions are hosted in different venues and times vary to ensure as many people are able to attend as possible.

Canterbury’s Quarters – The BID supports the city’s quarters (The King’s Mile, Cathedral Quarter, Castle Quarter, Whitefriars and the newly developed West End) with an annual financial contribution along with year-round marketing support. The quarters help promote to visitors the city’s rich mixture of diverse and unique businesses.

Support Directory – We have printed and circulated directories to each business, providing the latest information on who to contact for all business needs.

Ambassadors – The BID Ambassadors work closely with the Council’s enforcement team, Whitefriars security and the Police, in addition to being on the District Watch radios, which means there is a joined up communication channel between those people who are in the city centre observing and reporting. They are members of the Rough Sleper Forum, Litter Round Table and Safety Tasking Group and provide invaluable knowledge to all that attend. They are also on call to report litter, graffiti and to bring out the BID’s cleaning machine for spot cleans.