Be a Part of the Blackburn BID

As a Blackburn BID levy payer there are lots of ways you can take part in helping the town centre revive and thrive.

Executive Board Members

Each year the Executive Board approves a 12 month business plan based on the annual objectives set out by the five year plan in the original BID prospectus voted for by levy payers in 2013.

The Executive Board meets for approximately 2 hours on a bi-monthly basis to discuss town centre issues and the delivery of the business plan.  The BID Manager reports in to this meeting where the members receive reports and proposals from the steering groups and progress updates and priority issues for lobbying.

Board Members may be asked to represent the BID at wider town centre meetings and events and be asked to make statements on behalf of the BID.

You can see the Executive Board Members for 2016 here

Steering Group Members

There are three main Steering Groups, made up of BID levy payers and representatives of town centre organisations.

These meet for approximately 1 hour every 4 weeks to discuss issues relating to each of the four main working themes:

Marketing & Events:

Heritage Festival FootfallThese meetings are led by the BID Manager, Harriet Roberts and includes representation from Blackburn Market, The Mall and Blackburn with Darwen Council regeneration and culture departments as well as levy payers. The group works in partnership to deliver a programme of town centre events and marketing ideas to increase footfall.


These meetings are led by the BID Manager, Harriet Roberts and includes representation from regeneration, cleansing and highways departments in Blackburn with Darwen Council and Capita. The group meets with the BID Manger discussing how we make the town centre greener and cleaner & how we attract new businesses and support existing traders.

Crime & Anti-Social Behaviour:

SaferThese meetings are in partnership with the BBAC (Blackburn Business against Crime) with Blackburn town centre Police, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Traders. These meetings discuss the delivery of the business plan and strategies for making the town centre safer and more secure by reducing crime & anti-social behaviour.

Levy payers are actively welcomed and invited to take part and have their say in any of the groups above.  For details contact Mark Stevenson

Levy Payers

Levy Payers are businesses within the designated BID area with a rateable value of £10,000 and above.  Levy invoices are issued in January each year with a copy of the previous year’s annual report and details of the AGM.


  • Entitled to be nominated for the Executive BID Board
  • Listing on the BID directory and free advertising
  • Free advice and access to the dedicated BID town centre reporter who will write good news copy and take photographs for the BID Website, to promote via social media and to send to news outlets.
  • Membership of the BBAC (Blackburn Business against Crime) & opportunity to obtain radio with link to town centre security and police.
  • Opportunities for free training courses
  • Invitation to town centre discussions, meetings and promotional events and previews
  • Reduced advertising rates and vouchers printed in BID marketing materials, shopping and events guides
  • Shopping District meetings to discuss localised issues and promotional opportunities
  • BBAC training, updates and anti-social behaviour forums

Be Part of It!

Are you a town centre trader within the BID area but not currently large enough to pay a levy?

To receive all the benefits above, why not become a Voluntary Levy Payer by making a minimum annual fee of £50 plus VAT?  To apply please email or download the application form here