About Us 2018-09-06T14:58:51+00:00

Liverpool BID Company is an independent, non-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

Million Annual Budget

Our members 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? 2018-01-30T11:38:06+00:00

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.

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).

Every five years businesses in the designated area vote for the continuation of the BID and if they vote yes, any occupiers within the BID become members for the duration of the next 5 year term. Members within the area pay a levy based on a small percentage of their rates to contribute towards these benefits and improvements.

Who is in charge of the BID? 2018-01-30T11:38:06+00:00

The Liverpool BID Company is the independent company responsible for managing both Business Improvement Districts in Liverpool, City Central BID and Commercial District BID. Each BID has its own operational board made up of key stakeholders in the area which is then answerable to the Executive Board of the company.

How much is my BID Levy? 2017-08-29T16:22:55+00:00

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 requirementjust 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? 2018-01-30T11:38:06+00:00

The BID levy is charged annually for a term starting on the 1st of June (Commercial District BID) and 1st November (City Central 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.

How many businesses does the BID cover? 2017-08-29T16:53:30+00:00

Both Liverpool BIDs cover approximately 1,500 businesses across every sector whom employ over 70,000 employees and are in immediate proximity to 40,000 residents.

Can I promote or hold an event in Liverpool City Centre? 2017-08-29T16:56:26+00:00

The Liverpool BID Company manages promotional and event sites across the whole City Centre which are available for hire. For more information visit www.promoteinliverpool.com

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? 2018-01-30T11:38:06+00:00

For safety and environment issues in the BID areas we recommend the following contacts, you can download the flowchart here.

Liverpool BID Company - Useful Contacts


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.

Liverpool BID Company Executive Board

Tony Wilson – Keoghs, Chair

Ian Strettle – Clayton Square

Paul Cherpeau – Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Cllr. Gary Millar – Liverpool City Council

Cllr. Liz Parsons – Liverpool City Council

Sarah Green – Liverpool ONE

Max Steinberg – Liverpool Vision

Jennina O’Neil – Metquarter

Julie Johnson – Morecrofts

John Hall – Professional Liverpool

Carl Wood – Reach

Ian Silverberg – Silverberg Opticians

Sean Keyes – Sutcliffe

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
Shaun Holland
Shaun HollandHead of Operations
Michelle Bacon
Michelle BaconFinance and Admin Manager
Álvaro Costela Sánchez
Álvaro Costela SánchezMarketing Manager
Andi Herring
Andi HerringMembership Development Manager
Roxanne Vella
Roxanne VellaAdmin Officer
Sophie Greatbanks
Sophie GreatbanksEvents and Marketing Officer

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

BID Street Rangers – Cleansing Team

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 BID members additional cleansing across the BID areas.

BID Ambassadors

Mark Williams
Mark WilliamsBID Ambassador
Barbara Fox
Barbara FoxBID Ambassador
Erica Mathers
Erica MathersBID Ambassador
Pina Sassano
Pina SassanoBID Ambassador

Your BID levy funds the BID Ambassadors that work in the BID areas across the city centre. They act as a friendly face to sign-post visitors and provide a direct link between them, the Liverpool BID Company and city centre partners.

Using a bespoke digital reporting app, the ambassadors can directly report issues that may be affecting businesses in the area. This includes anti-social behaviour, cleansing and environmental issues.