The York BID is committed to supporting the independent sector, especially in a climate where demand for large retail space is declining. The Indie York initiative was created by a group of independent business owners known as the York Independent Business Association, or YIBA, with the aim to help restore independent businesses affected by the 2015 Boxing Day floods.
Since 2016 the BID has provided Indie York with several grants to support the development of their website and bespoke navigational map which promote a diverse range of independent and specialist shops located in and around the city centre.
In January 2019 the BID agreed further funding to help Indie York recruit a part time administrator, with a remit to drive membership growth, organise further events and networking events and build a self-sustaining operational model. Our organisations continue to work closely and collaborate on projects that support York's vibrant community of independent businesses.