Business Improvement District (BID)

The London Borough of Bromley is investigating the potential for a Business Improvement District (BID) for Beckenham.

Extensive research has been undertaken over the past 12 months, receiving a response rate of 50% from business rate payers, split between the full range of business sectors present in Beckenham. As a result of this research, the Beckenham steering group is pleased to present its business plan to you. Please scroll down to find this.

There will be a 28-day postal ballot period which will commence on 2nd February 2018 and close at 5pm on 1st March 2018.

What is a BID?

A BID is a business led and business funded organisation. With over 260 BIDs across the UK, they are an effective method of delivering town and city centre management in your location.

How do I find out more?

To find out more about the proposed plans for the Beckenham BID, please click on the links below for additional information.

Click here to download the business plan
Click here for the list of streets
Click here for the draft operating agreement

What have other BIDs delivered around the UK?


Talgarth Road Green Corridor project – Hammersmith BID

The Talgarth Road Green Corridor has transformed a neglected, run-down area of Hammersmith into a flourishing green corridor. Situated next to the Hammersmith Flyover, the project involved creating a new cycle lane and installing new planting, trees and a gully system to help attenuate rain water, reduce carbon and attract new wildlife. Air quality monitoring stations have also been installed.

The BID developed the idea after it carried out a green survey of the Hammersmith area and highlighted this route as a key area for improvement.

Improving air quality has become an important issue for local businesses with the BID committing to implementing projects and initiatives, such as the Green Corridor, in its third-term business plan.

Under the BID’s influence, the Green Corridor became a multi-partnership project with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority all working together and investing into this pilot project, which now can be replicated elsewhere across the capital. The BID invested £15,000 which leveraged a further £175,000 from the other parties involved.

Nottingham BID

Independents Campaign – Nottingham BID

Nottingham BID has developed a ‘Nottingham Independents’ brand and identity to highlight the variety and quality of the city’s independent businesses. This brand forms part of an annual campaign, which generates additional PR coverage and awareness of independents, and includes a competition to find Nottingham’s Top Independent, a series of prize giveaways on social media called the ‘10am Treats’ and a festival day with entertainment on stages in the key independent areas of the city, supported by business offers and activities. Last year’s Independents campaign saw over 1,000 votes cast in the competition and the dedicated social media campaign generated over 2.1 million social media impressions.


Birkenhead Summer Festival – Birkenhead First BID

Be in Birkenhead Summer Festival was an inaugural community festival organised by Birkenhead First in the towns historic, Grade 1 listed Hamilton Square. The event aimed to animate an underused area of the town, increase foot flow to the town and encourage the local community to take pride in their local area.

The event attracted more than 6,500 visitors, both from the local area, also from across Liverpool City region and also from as far away as Rotherham and Chesterfield. Mersey rail reported more than 160 bookings of their free rail tickets (approx. 800 passengers). Local businesses in the town centres retail district - half a mile away - also reported an increase in footfall. The local branch of Marks & Spencer reported a 10% increase in sales on the day and a 5% increase for the rest of the week.

Street Rangers

Street Rangers

Ipswich Central provide a team of Police Accredited Street Rangers, who work with the businesses, police and partner agencies to tackle low level crime within the town centre. The Street Rangers are often the first response for issues within the town centre. The rangers also help to administer a town centre wide banning order scheme, which prohibits persistent offenders from entering town centre businesses.



The Orpington 1st BID was established in 2013 and was the first BID established in the London Borough of Bromley.
Last year Orpington 1st generated £132,775 of extra income on top of their levy to invest directly into the trading environment for their businesses Orpington town centre. They also successfully negotiated with the London Borough of Bromley council to secure free parking in loading bays after 6;30pm.

One of the many services designed to improve the trading environment for businesses in their area that Orpington 1st provide is a joint procurement service that cuts costs for local businesses.

The BID teamed up with procurement specialists to secure the best prices for businesses, finding the most appropriate service, managing all the contracts when they are up for renewal and switching businesses to the right deal.

The Orpington 1st joint procurement service is free to all BID levy payers and is already making substantial savings for businesses in the scheme. No commission is earned on the service; all financial savings are passed on to the businesses.

Businesses within the Orpington 1st BID can get savings through the service on utilities like electricity, water, telecoms and waste removal, as well as on business essentials like stationery, IT support, card payment services and even pest control and maintenance contracts.


For more examples of successful BID projects and initiatives, click here

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