Canterbury Bid


Supporting the development and growth of Canterbury’s businesses.

There are around 650 businesses in the BID area. These businesses want to see a return on investment in the BID and want to ensure that this approach is targeted at efforts that help them survive and thrive, employ more people and invest in the city.

The BID:

  • Business support – Support and promote independent businesses by building on the business start-up programme StartmyBiz, help develop a new programme called GrowmyBiz to provide guidance and advice on growing your business, and join the national Independent Retail campaign.
  • Business to Business events – Monthly BID networking sessions are provided free of charge to Levy payers. Each month showcases a different local business and provide a platform to develop commercial opportunities for levy payers locally. The BID has a policy of local purchasing where possible.
  • Cost reduction initiatives – Provides a free service to help reduce utility costs for relevant BID levy payers.
  • Training – The BID offers on-going training and support, free to levy payers, on a range of topics.
  • Landlord forum – Engages with landlords to discuss relevant issues, in particular, how the city can further develop and support the independent retail offer and release fallow space for new uses.
  • Project funding – Make funds available to respond to new opportunities that may arise e.g. developing local business associations to create a healthy and vibrant business community.
  • Supports Traders Associations – provides financial support to existing traders associations and for the development of new ones.