Salisbury Business Improvement District

About the BID

What is a BID?

A BID (Business Improvement District) is a business-led, not-for-profit organisation formed to improve a defined commercial area. Funded by businesses, for the benefit of those businesses, a BID enables a coordinated investment into the area and delivers projects and services which are in addition to those already provided by the Council.

A BID is a not-for-profit company, which can only be formed following consultation and a ballot in which businesses vote on a BID proposal. Following a successful ballot, a BID is created for a maximum 5-year term and operates within a legislative framework. During the term, all businesses defined within the business plan will be required to pay the mandatory BID levy, irrespective of whether they cast a vote in the ballot.

BIDs were first established in Canada and the US, and now exist across the world. There are over 320 BIDs in the UK, including Winchester, Southampton, Bath and Bournemouth.

About Salisbury BID

Following an extensive consultation in 2014, businesses in Salisbury city centre voted to become a Business Improvement District (BID). Salisbury BID encompasses and is funded by over 500 levy-paying businesses within the ring road of the city.

Business premises with a rateable value of £10,000 or above pay 1.5% of their rateable value into Salisbury BID through an annual levy, with funds amounting to £350,000 per year. These funds are allocated to projects and services which support the business environment.

The BID is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, all of whom are levy-payers from different sectors in the city. Salisbury BID successfully renewed for a second term in 2019, following a record-breaking ballot result. This successful ballot gave Salisbury BID the mandate to continue working in the city for another 5 years. 66.08% of eligible businesses voted in the BID’s renewal ballot, with 90.56% voting in favour to keep the BID.

Salisbury BID Area

Business premises with a rateable value of £10,000 or above and who are located on the streets listed below are included in the BID and therefore are required to pay the BID levy. The BID levy is charged at 1.5% of rateable value of each hereditament. Businesses with a rateable value below the £10,000 threshold are exempt from paying the BID levy, but can voluntarily pay into the BID. The map shows Salisbury BID’s boundary.

List of Streets

  • Avon Approach
  • Bedwin Street
  • Blue Boar Row
  • Bourne Hill
  • Bridge Street
  • Brown Street
  • Butcher Row
  • Castle Street
  • Catherine Street
  • Chipper Lane
  • Crane Street
  • Cranebridge Road
  • Culver Street
  • Endless Street
  • Fish Row
  • Fisherton Street
  • High Street
  • Malthouse Lane
  • Market Place
  • Market Walk
  • Milford Street
  • Mill Road
  • Mill Stream Approach
  • Minster Street
  • New Canal
  • New Street
  • North Walk
  • Oatmeal Row
  • Old George Mall
  • Ox Row
  • Priory Square
  • Queen Street
  • Rollestone Street
  • Salt Lane
  • Scots Lane
  • Silver Street
  • South Western Road
  • St Ann Street
  • St Johns Street
  • St Thomas’s Square
  • Summerlock Approach
  • The Close
  • The Maltings
  • Water Lane
  • West Walk
  • Winchester Street

Our Priorities

Welcoming & Enhancing

The visitor experience is an increasingly important element to the success of city centres. Salisbury BID works with partners to enhance the overall appearance of the city, whilst developing the crime prevention and safety initiatives to ensure Salisbury remains a safe and welcoming place.

Promoting & Supporting

Salisbury has so much to offer, and we are working to maximise its potential. Through seasonal experiences, promotional activities and marketing campaigns, the BID works to promote businesses and the city to visitors and residents to increase footfall and spend in the city.

Representing & Influencing

Cities operate more efficiently when businesses and local authorities work together, and the BID will continue to encourage stronger partnership working. As an established partner representing businesses in the city, the BID is a strong voice to champion business needs.

To find out more, download Salisbury BID’s Business Plan (2019 – 2024)

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