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. We hope you enjoy reading our Bid Annual Review to see the progress we have made in 2019.