About Us2019-06-13T12:43:03+01:00

Liverpool BID Company is a private, not-for-profit organisation, working on behalf of our 1,500 BID levy payers in Liverpool across two BIDs (Business Improvement Districts): Retail & Leisure BID and Commercial District BID.

We provide added value around 4 key areas of work:

Improving the environment and safety

Managed District

Animating and promoting the BID areas

Promoted District

Improving opportunities for connectivity

Connected District

A few examples of what we do:

Area and sector forums
– Travel works updates
– Networking events

Providing business support to BID levy payers

Working District

A few examples of what we do:

Mystery Shop
Footfall and Sales figures
Employees Benefits
– A voice championing your needs and priorities.

Key facts and FAQs about the Liverpool BID Company

Levy Payer Businesses
Million Annual Budget

Our levy payer businesses are…

Professional Services 40%
Leisure 30%
Retail 30%

Here are some frequently asked questions that may help you with any queries you have about the BID and the BID Levy.

You will also be able to find out more information about what the BID does by clicking the ‘What We Do’ tab above or by contacting a member of the team here.

What is a BID?2018-10-17T16:17:05+01:00

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a designated zone in which businesses benefit from a wide range of additional services over and above those funded through the standard commercial rates and council services.

Constituted by UK law in 2004, a BID is a powerful, independent voice representing the interests of a varied community of organisations, committed to working together to ensure that the area continues to progress whilst providing the best possible trading and working environment for its occupiers.

How is a BID funded and who pays the BID levy?2018-10-17T16:21:58+01:00

All businesses within the BID area will pay a set levy. This money will then be regenerated to provide additionality that will benefit businesses within the area.

These extra benefits are aimed at vastly improving the quality of the area for the businesses, visitors and employees within it as well as improving attractiveness to new investors. This can include physical projects such as better lighting and street cleaning as well as the creation of green spaces, crime reduction programmes, events, transport and accessibility improvements, in addition to marketing, networking and inward investment initiatives. (You can view more here).

How much is my BID Levy?2018-10-17T16:15:31+01:00

Every occupier within a designated BID area, with a rateable value (RV) of £10,000 or above will pay a levy amounting to 1.2% of their total RV.

This system is designed to be the fairest and most affordable way to ensure that the interests of both small and large businesses are represented. On average, each organisation will pay around £600 per year. For most organisations this represents a cost of just a few pence each day per employee, or as little as £11 per week.

The levy is a legal requirement just like Business Rates and is treated as a statutory debt. The legislation which relates to the BID levy is The Business Improvement Districts (England) Regulations 2004 and the Non Domestic Rating (Collection and Enforcement) (Local Lists) Regulations 1989. You can view this legislation here.

When should my BID Levy be paid?2019-01-10T15:56:36+01:00

The BID levy is charged annually for a term starting on the 1st of June (Commercial District BID) and 1st November (Retail & Leisure BID). BID Levy Bills are issued automatically before this date and collected on our behalf by Liverpool City Council.

The levy is calculated based on the rateable value of the building on the start date of each BID year (above) and is payable by the occupier on that date regardless of the time they have been/intend to be located there. If there is no active lease on the unit the bill will fall to the landlord/possessor of the premises.

There are currently no discounts or relief for charities or charitable organisations.

If you cannot afford to pay your levy: You must contact the Non Domestic rates team on 0151 225 3812 during the following times: Monday to Thursday 8.30 to 4.30 to discuss an arrangement to pay. It is important you do not ignore the notices you have been sent as you may incur further costs.

For questions relating to your levy please contact the Non-Domestic Rates team (Liverpool City Council) on 0151 233 4233.

Who is in charge of the BID?2018-10-17T15:59:26+01:00

In Liverpool, it’s nice and simple. There are two BIDs, Retail & Leisure BID and Commercial District BID, both managed by us, the Liverpool BID Company. As long as your property’s rateable value is £10,000 or above and you are within the pre-set BID boundary you are a BID Levy Payer. The levy is set at a percentage of your rateable value and is collected based on a set date each year.

Can I promote or hold an event in Liverpool City Centre?2018-10-17T15:56:41+01:00

The Liverpool BID Company manages promotional and event sites across the whole City Centre which are available for hire. For more information visit https://www.liverpoolbidcompany.com/free-promotional-sites-in-liverpool-city-centre/

The BID company also holds its own seasonal events throughout the districts which may present opportunities for business, to be kept informed about these opportunities please sign up to our newsletter.

We have problems outside our business, who do I contact?2018-11-14T11:50:59+01:00

For safety and environment issues in the BID areas we recommend the useful contacts included in the link below.

Download our key contacts leaflet

Liverpool BID Areas

If your business is located within the BID areas and has a rateable value (RV) of £10,000 or above, you are a BID Levy Payer.

Find out more about our two BID areas.

Retail & Leisure BID
Commercial District BID

Liverpool BID Company Executive Board

Tony Wilson – Keoghs, Chair

Paul Cherpeau – Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Cllr. Gary Millar – Liverpool City Council

Cllr. Liz Parsons – Liverpool City Council

Sarah Green – Liverpool ONE

Jennina O’Neil – Metquarter

Julie Johnson – Morecrofts

John Hall – Professional Liverpool

Carl Wood – Reach

Ian Silverberg – Silverberg Opticians

Sean Keyes – Sutcliffe

Have a look at the two BID Operating Boards:

Retail & Leisure BID Operating Board
Commercial District BID Operating Board

The BID Team

Contact us for anything regarding BID projects, campaigns or queries about the BID (Business Improvement District). Have a look at the current projects and campaigns. Make the most of your BID levy!

Contact us→ 0151 703 2399 or info@liverpoolbidcompany.com

Management Team

Bill Addy
Bill AddyChief Executive
Michelle Bacon
Michelle BaconFinance and Admin Manager
Amaya Carney-Smith
Amaya Carney-SmithMarketing and Communications Officer
Álvaro Costela Sánchez
Álvaro Costela SánchezHead of Marketing
Jacob Cover
Jacob CoverBID Team Assistant
Andi Herring
Andi HerringHead of Business Insight
Shaun Holland
Shaun HollandHead of Operations
Roxanne Vella
Roxanne VellaAdmin Officer
Sophie Ward
Sophie WardExperiential Sales Manager
Mark Williams
Mark WilliamsMembership Executive

Operational Team

BID Police Team

Dave Crawford & Carol Pereira
Dave Crawford & Carol PereiraBID Police Officers

Your BID levy funds two BID Police Officers, who provide BID members a direct response to enquiries about safety, anti-social behaviour and security issues. As part of the BID Safety Partnership, we also operate:

  • Radio Link network with over 130 active businesses to provide reassurance and intelligence sharing.
  • The digital platform for intelligence sharing DISC.
  • The BID levy funded officer at the Council’s City Watch (CCTV system) during evenings Thursday to Saturday.

BID Street Rangers

Iain Duckers, Kevin Higgs, Stephen Heenan, Simon Knott, Mark Morgans & Stephen Phillips
Iain Duckers, Kevin Higgs, Stephen Heenan, Simon Knott, Mark Morgans & Stephen PhillipsBID Street Rangers

Your BID levy funds the BID Street Rangers, who provide additional cleansing and maintenance programme across the BID areas – in addition to the Liverpool City Council provision.

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