The BID Renewal

Under government legislation all Business Improvement Districts have a five-year tenure, at the end of which they must be re-elected in order to continue their work.

York BID is seeking to renew its mandate for a second five-year term. As a business occupying commercial premises in the BID area with a rateable value of over £17,500 you are eligible to vote in the ballot. Please see our Business Plan (below) for details of the arrangements and initiatives for the new term.



The Ballot

In light of the recent lockdown restrictions, and the majority of retail and hospitality businesses in York city centre having to close, we have decided to postpone the ballot (originally planned for the end of January) which will now take place between 18th February and 18th March 2021.

A pack containing ballot papers and a hard copy of the BID Business Plan for the new term (2021–2026) will be issued by post to the person confirmed as having responsibility for casting the vote on behalf of each company/organisation. Papers should arrive no later than 18th February 2021, you will then have 28 days to return them in the pre-paid envelope provided (the ballot will close on 18th March 2021 at 5pm). The results of the ballot will be announced on Friday 19th March. 


Confirm Your Postal Address

We are aware that due to the circumstances presented by Covid-19, many people are working in different locations to those we have on record. If you are aware that you may have difficulty in accessing your usual business address to collect your ballot papers please get in touch to provide us with an alternate postal address which can be your home address if preferred. You can sumbit this information either via email direct to or by filling out our online form

Ballot Timeline

What You Could Lose

If York BID is not successful in the ballot, all current activities and services will cease on 31st March 2021. This would be a huge step backwards for York as there is no other organisation to attract this level of investment or deliver these projects and services on behalf of businesses in York city centre.

During these uncertain times it is crucial that UK towns and cities have a clear plan and strong leadership to carry them forward. We are counting on the business community to vote for a brighter future and a prosperous city centre economy. Vote YES for the York BID renewal.


BID Project Showcase Video

As a reminder of some of the projects the BID has delivered during its first term, we have prepared a short showcase video which can be viewed below:

York BID Film from The York BID on Vimeo.

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