BID FAQs

The Burnley town centre Business Improvement District (BID) is a defined geographical area in Burnley town centre. Within this area, businesses will have the opportunity to vote to collectively invest in, and enhance Burnley town centre as a trading environment.

The Burnley town centre BID will fund and deliver added value services within the town. The BID will not, and cannot be used to fund services that the council or other public bodies have a statutory duty to provide. 
The added value projects and services that the BID will enable, will be managed and controlled by the businesses who will be the principle funders of the BID. The entire project will be business led, with the BID’s funds coming from an additional, mandatory levy on all eligible businesses, with a rateable value greater than £12,000 following a successful ballot. 
Many towns across the UK including Blackburn, Preston and Manchester have seen transformational improvements from BIDs, delivering significant benefits for the businesses that fund and manage the projects. Benefits seen from BIDs include:
  • Increased footfall
  • Increased spend
  • Reduced costs
  • Improved safety
  • Improved cleanliness

What is the BID for?

The Burnley town centre BID will not replace the statutory activities or services carried out by Burnley Council, Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Police or other public agencies. It is an arrangement under which the Burnley BID team will commission and deliver added value projects and services that enhance Burnley town centre.

Who decides that a BID is required?

Businesses and organisations in the Burnley town centre BID area who have a rateable value over £12,000.

The proposal for a BID in Burnley town centre has been  developed by the Burnley BID team, a private sector led group of business including representation from key sectors.

BIDs are governed by formal legislation (BID Regulations (England) 2004). This process involves the creation of a formal business proposal upon which every business ratepayer can vote. Click here to download a copy of the BID Proposal

How much will I pay?

The levy for the proposed Burnley BID is equivalent to 1.5% of rateable value. For the average business this cost will be just £1.93/day, less than a cup of coffee. This combined investment will deliver a £1million investment for the town centre between 2020 and 2025.

What do I pay my business rates for?

Business Rates are a statutory local tax levied to fund expenditure by local and national government. Businesses have no direct control over how these funds are spent, and there is no direct linkage between the businesses rates your company pays and quality or quantity of the services Burnley council provides to local residents and business communities. 

The BID levy that will be collected is separate your business rates, and will only be invested in additional specific projects and services to improve Burnley Town centre. These additional services will be governed and directed by the private sector led Burnley BID Team, in consultation with all businesses in the BID area.

Why will Burnley Council be collecting the BID levy?

BID Legislation provides for local authorities to be the billing authority for managing the collection of BID levies.

What happens to the BID levy when it is collected by the Council?

Funds collected by the Council will be paid directly to the BID. These funds are then invested in projects and services as decided by the business of Burnley town centre, in line with the BID proposal document.

Can I pay by instalments?

Yes

Why is the levy not collected with rates?

Business Rates and the BID levy are different revenue streams. The Council must collect business rates in line with statutory provisions which are different from the legal provisions surrounding a BID levy.

Who should I contact if I want to discuss the BID in more detail?

The Burnley BID Team are working with Groundwork, one of the UKs leading BID development organisations. Groundwork have been involved in BIDs across the Northwest since 2005 and are your first point of contact with any questions.

Contact details:
Greville Kelly (Director) or Jane Hough (BID Programmes Manager)

Email: burnleybid@groundwork.org.uk

How long does the BID last?

The Burnley town centre BID will operate for five years, commencing 1 st April 2020 and ending in March 2025. Following the five-year period, businesses may choose to develop a successor BID in Burnley town centre.