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The York BID


Fashion City York Six Days of Style is here!

For six days, York’s shops and businesses will host pop-up showcases, talks, book-signings and fashion shows putting local fashion, beauty and lifestyle retailers and their work in the spotlight. Over seventy businesses are participating, making this a fantastic opportunity to extend offers and market products. Designer Paul Costelloe and blogger Caroline Jones are top-billed headliners and The Grand, The Principal, Browns and Betty’s are just a handful of confirmed red-carpet venues.
There will also be a Fashion City marquee 'Fashion Village' on Parliament Street, April 7-8, where retailers will exhibit and sell their merchandise.   

For more information about Fashion City York or if you are interested in participating in future events, check out



The York BID winter lights to return for 2017-18

York’s sparkling city wall bars at Micklegate, Monkbar, Walmgate and Bootham will dress down on the 28th of February when their winter lights are removed and packed away until the next winter season. Since December, the city’s historic ‘gateways’ have displayed an unprecedented shimmering cascade that has brightened the evening atmosphere for residents, businesses and visitors.  The York Business Improvement District (BID), sponsor of the winter lights, is planning to expand the current display for 2017-18 and make the winter lights a recurring seasonal feature in the city centre.
Andrew Lowson, York BID Executive Director says, ‘The response to this year’s display gave us an indication of the significant impact the attraction had on the city during the winter season. Through feedback from businesses, comments from the public and an overwhelming reaction to images of the lights on social media clocking more than 14,000 interactions, it’s obvious the winter lights will have a second act. We are currently looking to dress the city wall bars again plus add a few more features that will be just as exciting and stunning as this past season’s spectacle.’
For three months the lights have been illuminating the city centre’s medieval wall entrances during the cold, dark season. But with springtime well on its way, York’s businesses, its residents and visitors can now enjoy increased daylight hours and lighter evenings.
Zoe Plummer, owner of Ambiente Tapas on Goodramgate and Fossgate says, ‘The winter lights created a real wow factor, praised by residents and visitors. As a city-centre business owner, it was great to see the BID’s work positively highlight York’s welcoming atmosphere, particularly beyond the holiday season. It’s initiatives like this that create extra interest in our city and keep people returning year after year.’



York BID appoints local business owner and Director of the York Food and Drink Festival to serve as Chairman


The York Business Improvement District (BID) has appointed Michael Hjort to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors. York native Hjort owns Walmgate Ale House and has been actively involved with many city-wide projects including the long-running York Food and Drink Festival. He also contributed to the efforts behind the BID’s successful 2015 campaign.

 Michael Hjort says, ‘As a city-centre business owner, I am aware of the opportunities and challenges York’s businesses face and will work with the BID to help address these current concerns as well as future aspirations. The BID’s work has delivered notable results less than a year into its term. Moving forward, the BID will build upon its existing programmes and develop new programmes that lend to the upkeep and growth of York’s businesses and thriving economy.’  

'Six Days of Style':  Fashion City York



Six Days of Style will run from Tuesday 4 April to Sunday 9 April, with events popping up in shops and venues throughout York, including Browns, Fenwick, Betty’s and The Grand. Established names and hot new talent will mix and match to create a unique line up - and look out for plenty of special offers for fashionistas with an eye for a bargain.

The event was created to showcase the wealth of fashion talent and shopping available in a city more often associated with heritage. It is being staged by Fashion City York (FCY), a network of retailers, professionals and city champions keen to raise the profile of the national and independent names that make up York’s unique fashion offering.  Are you a York BID businesses interested in getting involved?  Contact

York BID businesses are ready for Residents Weekend 2017!

28-29 January

Celebrating its 22nd year, over ninety attractions, eateries and retailers will be on offer for York residents to help cheer up the January blues this month.  York residents will once again have the chance to explore what’s on their doorstep free of charge, when the York Residents’ Festival, sponsored by First York and the York BID, takes place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January.  During the festival the city’s visitor attractions open up their doors free of charge so residents can turn tourist for the weekend.  Since its inception twenty two years ago over 300,000 free visits have been taken up by York residents. 


Organised by Make It York, the event is set to offer free entry to a host of York’s most celebrated attractions, one-off behind-the-scenes access to some of the city’s hidden gems, special events and some fantastic restaurant and retail deals. 


The historic city wall bars sparkle and shine this winter season

Photo by Rob Molloy

Photo by Rob Molloy

Four of York’s historic city wall bars will take on a new look this winter season. Beginning this Thursday (1 Dec) at dusk, a cascade of shimmering lights will drape Micklegate Bar, Walmgate Bar, Monk Bar and Bootham Bar. The city or ‘bar’ walls of York are the most complete examples of medieval city walls still standing in England today.
The unprecedented display will showcase York’s renowned structures as ‘shining gateways’ that lead to the historic attractions and businesses in and around the city walls. The addition of the winter lights is sponsored by the York Business Improvement District (BID) and is part of the BID’s overall commitment to enhancing the city’s inviting atmosphere for all who live, visit, study and work in York. The light installation will run from December until February.

The York Independent Business Association is putting Indie York on the map; new pilot aims to boost York’s independent retailers and shops




York’s independent businesses are putting themselves on the map - the ‘Indie York’ map.  A pilot project, which includes development of a new Indie York website ( and a bespoke-designed Indie York map, will deliver a directory and navigational tool to help customers and visitors locate the city's independent shops. The project currently includes 30 independent businesses and will eventually feature over 100 of York’s independent businesses.  The pilot project has received funding by the York Business Improvement District (BID) and is part of the Indie York initiative which focuses on promoting York’s diverse range of independent and specialist businesses located in and around the City Centre.

York BID launches enhanced street and pavement cleansing

Starting this week, the York Business Improvement District (BID) will launch enhanced street and pavement cleansing services to York City Centre.  The services build on the ongoing baseline cleansing efforts provided by the local authority and include routine deep cleaning such as heavy-duty pavement jet wash, gum, flyposting and graffiti removal and rapid response clean-up.  The programme will cover streets included within the entire BID area, which are mainly located within and along the city walls.  The additional street cleansing services support the BID’s goal of improving the appearance and environment in York City Centre and is part of its commitment to enhancing the city’s inviting atmosphere for all who visit, work, study and live in York.  

The York BID has teamed with Future Cleaning Services of York, who will provide trained staff to fill the operative roles.  The services will run seven days a week and use two York BID-branded caddy vans equipped with enhanced power-washing functions.    Later this month, a rapid response service will be available to BID levy payers so operatives can address cleanliness issues that require immediate attention. 

The BID’s cleansing services will dovetail the recently established BID Street Rangers, who will also help highlight issues that require the attention of the cleansing teams.

BID Rangers Hit the Streets!

The York BID is rolling out its new Rangers programme, partnering with Eboracum Security who will fill the roles with their professionally trained staff who have experience of working in similar capacities within the city centre.  Rangers will be easy to spot in their highly visible uniforms and will be positioned throughout the BID area, which includes the city centre streets, Fossgate, Gillygate, Walmgate and Micklegate.

They will work with city partners and take a friendly approach to deter anti­social behaviour or disorderly conduct and act as a reassuring presence to curtail potential crime. Rangers will also serve as a welcoming presence, available to give information and assistance to residents and visitors to the city.  They will be the eyes and ears on the street, logging locations requiring improvements, such as littering or drunkenness, and work with relevant bodies to address any detected issues. 

It supports the BID’s initiative to boost safety and security in York city centre and is part of the BID’s overall commitment to enhancing the city’s inviting atmosphere for all who visit, work, study and live in York. 

York Greeters Scheme Launched

 A new scheme has been launched in York to help provide a friendly welcome to visitors. York Greeters will be based at the railway station, to offer visitors, shoppers and visiting business people advice or directions. The initiative was set up by the York Business Improvement District (York Bid), and will see a team of four Greeters in the city centre.

This is a business-led initiative that will allow us all to work together to create a more attractive and prosperous city centre
— Adam Sinclair, Mulberry Hall