Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) is a not-for-profit organisation led by the businesses of Winchester. The BID delivers a range of projects and services to ensure that the city remains well promoted, safe and secure, aesthetically pleasing and a thriving location in which to do business, for customers, clients, shoppers, staff, visitors and residents.
BIDs have now been operating in the UK for over a decade and there are more than 300 established across the country. BIDs are also a global phenomenon and can be found in countries such as the USA, Canada, Germany, the Nordics, Singapore and many more.
Winchester BID has been in operation since 1 April 2008 and operates within a defined geographical are. Over the last decade, the BID has raised around £500,000 per year through the collection of an annual levy, paid by 711 businesses falling within the boundaries of the BID area. Additional funding of around 15% has also been generated each year through sponsorship and project generated income.
In November 2017, businesses in the BID area (BID members) voted in favour of Winchester BID continuing its service for a third term of five years. The third term commenced on 1 April 2018 and will continue until 31 March 2023.
You can read about the first year of the third term in the Winchester BID Annual Review 2018-19