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The York BID


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.


Andrew Lowson, appointed Executive Director of the York BID

Andrew Lowson, left, being welcomed to the role of York BID executive director by Adam Sinclair, chairman of the BID company

Andrew Lowson, left, being welcomed to the role of York BID executive director by Adam Sinclair, chairman of the BID company

In April earlier this year we saw York BID's new executive director take up post in a role which will oversee how £800,000 a year is spent on improving the city centre's economy. Andrew Lowson has been appointed to lead York's first Business Improvement District, which was voted in by city centre businesses in November last year. Mr Lowson brings with him to the role experience as the former managing director of York-based teepee-style marquee company PapaKata, as well as previous roles with Halcrow, Yorkshire Forward and Newcastle Airport.

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