Since the legislation was introduced in the UK in 2004, more than 300 Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have been developed in towns, cities and business parks across the UK with a total investment exceeding £100m annually. Their mission is to introduce new initiatives in the area to boost footfall, spend, dwell time and attract inward investment.

Ultimately, the aim is to maximise a destination and empower local businesses to tackle local issues. Money is raised locally, invested locally, and managed locally. It is a powerful voice for local business to shape our town.

Harrogate has fantastic assets, but is not immune to the general challenges High Streets across the UK face. The work of the BID aims to support, safeguard and improve Harrogate for residents and visitors alike, to make the town the best it can be.

Who are we?

BID Harrogate was formed in 2019 after a positive Business Improvement District (BID) ballot result was recorded.

BID Harrogate’s central objectives are:

  • Maintaining and developing a diverse and interesting offer whilst providing a quality environment, where people can access the town centre easily and efficiently.
  • Increasing footfall, spend and dwell time in the town centre by enhancing Harrogate’s profile as a destination both for people to use and others to visit as well as businesses to work and invest in.
  • Embracing its invaluable heritage and position, and combining it with technological innovations to remain ahead of competition in user choice, experience and offer.