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About Us

About Us2020-06-22T10:19:51+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.

A BID (Business Improvement District) is a designated zone (BID Area) in which businesses (BID Levy Payers) 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.

→ 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

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Our levy payer businesses are…

Professional Services 40%
Hospitality & 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?2019-07-12T12:30:16+01:00

A BID (Business Improvement District) is a designated zone (BID Area) in which businesses (BID Levy Payers) 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.

Am I a Liverpool BID Levy Payer?2019-07-22T13:36:34+01:00

If your business’ Rateable Value (RV) is £10,000 or more and is within the BID boundaries (see map below) you are BID Levy Payer.

How is a BID funded and who pays the BID Levy?2019-07-12T12:32:21+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?2020-06-12T16:36:26+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 in Commercial District BID and 1.59% of their total RV in Retail & Leisure BID.

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 1989You can view these pieces of legislation here.

When should my BID Levy be paid?2020-06-12T16:31:46+01:00

The BID levy is charged annually for a term starting on 1st of June for both Retail & Leisure BID and Commercial District BID. BID Levy Bills are issued and collected on our behalf by Liverpool City Council’s Non-Domestic Rates Team.

The levy is calculated based on the rateable value of the premises on 1st June 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.

It is important you do not ignore the notices received by Liverpool City Council’s Non-Domestic Rates Team you receive as you may incur further costs.

BID legislation is clear that billing must continue as normal even during the Coronavirus crisis, however the BID understands the difficulties some businesses face at this time. If you would like to discuss payment please get in touch via info@liverpoolbidcompany.com

Who is in charge of the BID?2020-06-12T16:32:49+01:00

Liverpool’s two BIDs are overseen by two operating boards, one for Retail & Leisure BID, one for Commercial District BID, who ensure that what’s delivered is in line with the business plan, they approve their BID budget and the main projects delivered by the BID Team

Both operating boards include members representing the sectors and areas present within each BID.

There is also an Executive BID Board that oversees, strategy for the organisation , finances, company structure and major long term decisions.

BID executive board members include the chair and deputy chairs of each BID and a representation of the leadership and main stakeholders in Liverpool city centre.

Board members support the BID on a voluntary unpaid basis.

All boards meet quarterly and copies of board minutes are available by contacting info@liverpoolbidcompany.com

Can I promote or hold an event in Liverpool City Centre?2020-06-12T16:34:35+01:00

Liverpool BID Company manages promotional and event sites across the BID Area in Liverpool city centre via Promote in Liverpool which are available for hire. 

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?2020-06-12T16:35:15+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 the two BID Areas.

Retail & Leisure BID
Commercial District BID

Find out more about the BID.

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→ Governance – Liverpool BID Company Executive Board

Liverpool’s two BIDs are overseen by two operating boards, one for Retail & Leisure BID, one for Commercial District BID, who ensure that what’s delivered is in line with the business plan, they approve their BID budget and the main projects delivered by the BID Team. Both operating boards include members representing the sectors and areas present within each BID.

There is also an Executive BID Board that oversees, strategy for the organisation , finances, company structure and major long term decisions. BID executive board members include the chair and deputy chairs of each BID and a representation of the leadership and main stakeholders in Liverpool city centre.

Board members support the BID on a voluntary unpaid basis.

All boards meet quarterly and copies of board minutes are available by contacting info@liverpoolbidcompany.com

Liverpool Executive BID Board

Complete Mediation

Tony Wilson – Complete Mediation, Chair

BDO LLP

Nigel Britton – BDO LLP

Liverpool Chamber

Paul Cherpeau – Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Liverpool City Council

Cllr. Gary Millar – Liverpool City Council

Liverpool City Council

Cllr. Liz Parsons – Liverpool City Council

Iain Finlayson – Liverpool ONE

Liverpool BID Company

Carl Wood – Media Expert

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Jennina O’Neill – Metquarter

Julie Johnson – Morecrofts

Andrew Ruffler – Professional Liverpool

Ian Silverberg – Silverberg Opticians

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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
Becky Barrett
Becky BarrettAdministration Officer
Amaya Carney-Smith
Amaya Carney-SmithMarketing and Communications Officer
Álvaro Costela Sánchez
Álvaro Costela SánchezHead of Marketing
Patrick Hoare
Patrick HoareInformation and Database Officer
Shaun Holland
Shaun HollandHead of Operations
Anthony Osborne
Anthony OsborneOffice Clerk
Sophie Ward
Sophie WardExperiential Sales Manager

Operational Team

BID Police Team

BID Police Officers

Your BID levy funds our BID Police Team, currently PC Dave Crawford, 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

BID 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.

Our current BID Street Rangers are: Stephen Heenan, Simon Knott and Mark Morgans.

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