Canterbury Bid


Support & represent

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

Representing your voice – We will 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

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 Sleeper Forum, Litter Round Table and Safety Tasking Group and provide invaluable knowledge to all that attend.

Free networking and training – The BID will provide free training and workshops on topics relevant to you such as business rates, marketing, window displays and business grants. We will provide free networking – a great opportunity to showcase your business – and we will introduce new networking events to help share ideas and best practice. Going forward, networking will be spread over different days and times to enable a variety of businesses to attend.

Traders’ Association support – The BID will support the development of traders’ associations such as The King’s Mile and the Cathedral Quarter in order to ensure that visitors to the city are aware of the rich mixture of diverse and unique businesses situated in the city.

Support Directory – we will endeavour to provide you with the latest information on who to contact for all your business needs.