Window Dressing & Vacant Shops

Our window dressing project has helped improve the image of our business community. The installation of dressing options to shopfront windows leads to the quicker letting of empty properties and improves the overall look of the city for visitors and residents.

To date the BID has invested in dressing 14 vacant shops across the city centre, the largest of which is the unit that previously housed BHS on Coney Street.


Alternative use of vacant units

York BID are working with Blank Canvas (part of the Skippko charity), the Retail Forum and City of York Council to identify vacant commercial properties in the city centre that may be suitable for pop-up shops and exhibitions. York Conservation Trust recently gave permission for 60 Goodramgate to be used as a temporary art exhibition space for two artists whilst long term tenants are found. In its first weekend alone nearly 100 people visited the gallery. Currently the BID are supporting Blank Canvas to occupy 5 Blake street.

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