Blackburn Business Improvement District

What is the Blackburn BID?

A Blackburn Business Improvement District was identified by the Blackburn Town Centre Partnership as an ideal mechanism to develop a dynamic business environment in Blackburn town centre.

The area was defined in 2013 and represents the town as it was then, the boundary of the map remains the same for the full term of the BID.

In 2013 Blackburn Town Centre businesses formally voted in favour of a proposal to establish a Business Improvement District. This provided the mechanism for £1.5m investment in the town centre over the five-year term, addressing issues important to local businesses.

The BID includes around 350 traders, commercial organisations and charities in the town centre.

In November 2018, The BID celebrated a “YES” vote from town centre businesses for five more years of investment. A massive 86% were in favour of continuing the work of the BID.

The “YES” vote means the work and investment can continue and develop until at least the end of 2023.


Work Streams 2019 – 2023

Consultations with businesses in 2018 identified three themes which would be addressed by a Blackburn Town Centre BID:

  • Marketing and promoting Blackburn as a vibrant town centre
  • Creating a safer, more secure Blackburn town centre
  • Creating a sustainable, cleaner and more attractive environment

The Blackburn Town Centre BID has the potential to raise £1.5 million over five years to invest in local projects and services under these themes. Click on the link to download a copy of our 2019 – 2023 Business Plan.

This will be in addition to, and complementary to, the services already delivered by the local authority and other agencies, and planned strategic investments in the area such as the Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Project and the new town centre cinema.

Blackburn BID has been behind many of the major events and initiatives in Blackburn over the last five years and were instrumental in being awarded the overall winner of Great British High Street of the Year in 2016.

The Vote

The Blackburn Business Improvement District for Blackburn was initially approved on 11th November 2013. A majority of the Business ratepayers in the proposed BID area who voted, voted in favour of the proposal, both by aggregate rateable value and numbers voting.

The BID was first elected on 1st January 2014 and ran for 5 years, before it was re-elected, in November 2018, for another five year term starting 1st January 2019.


Download a copy of the Blackburn BID Constitution

Who is a BID member?

All businesses and organisations within the defined area of the BID with a rateable value of £10,000 or more are required to pay the BID levy each year based on occupancy & the rateable value on the 1st January each year. The BID levy in Blackburn is currently 1.25% (second term) of rateable value and is payable in January each year. The BID levy is not prorated for part calendar years of occupation.

Voluntary BID members

Businesses that are too small to pay the BID levy can opt to join the BID and become members on a voluntary basis. The annual charge for each calendar year is £50 plus VAT. The voluntary contribution always expires on the 31st December each year.

“Working together the the BID adds tremendous value to the town, helping to make it the vibrant place that it is today.”

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