Testimonials

“Together with the support, work and coordination of York BID, the Council has been able to develop a stronger relationship and understanding with city centre businesses, something that has been invaluable in our efforts to support local businesses through the pandemic. It is this strong partnership that has achieved over £800K investment in business backed projects, including the recent wayfinding project, and will drive our efforts to build back better over the coming months.”

Cllr Keith Aspden | City of York Council Leader

 

“York BID has been an innovative force for good since it launched in 2016. It has been a catalyst for positive change. The need for this catalyst is now greater than ever. Our city has been hit hard by the pandemic. We are a resilient business community, and I am sure we will rise again. But the support and direction of York BID will help us rise further and faster than we could on our own.

As one of the largest employers in York, with approaching 2,000 employees, we want our home city to thrive. A thriving home city is good for our business; good for our people; and good for the community in which we live. York BID has, and can continue, to help us thrive.”

Alistair McQueen | Aviva plc

 

"We have worked very closely over recent years on a number of successful projects in the Minster Precinct, most recently being the pop-up seating area in College Green. York BID have been fantastic to work with, hugely professional and bringing fresh ideas to the city with many more in the pipeline.”

Alex McCallion | Director of Works & Precinct York Minster

 

“The York BID has made a huge difference to businesses in the centre of York over the past 5 years, especially during the CV19 crisis. Their regular comms, advice, money saving initiatives and events across the city have made York a safer and more enjoyable place to spend time, shop and relax. This has attracted more visitors and helped a range of businesses through these challenging times. Thank you for all your work so far.”

Philip Thorn | Hiscox UK

 

“Our working partnership with the BID has been established through a mutual passion for the city’s environment, be this the built, economic, cultural, natural or historic environments. Indeed, many of the projects that the Civic Trust have been involved with the BID demonstrate that these environments are interconnected.

The maintenance and upkeep of public realm heritage can lead to an enhanced urban and natural environment, leading to increased footfall for York’s business community. The promotion of the city’s culture and economic vitality helps preserve and upkeep shops in the city, many of which are in historic, listed buildings. Two particular projects come to mind in demonstrating this: one that the Trust led on, the other that the BID has driven.”

 Andrew Morrison | Chief Executive | York Civic Trust

 

“York BID has formed a unique relationship with the Police which has led to many joint operations and initiatives within the city centre, tackling issues raised by the community.

The presence of the BID Rangers and regular communication with businesses and neighbourhood policing teams has enhanced the city, particularly the ability to deal with anti-social behaviour together. They are a trusted partner and I hope we can continue the great work into the future.”

 Inspector Andrew Godfrey | North Yorkshire Police 

 

“Running city centre attractions, it’s important to York Museums Trust that York as a city welcomes visitors and that residents and tourists alike enjoy its wonderful heritage assets. We have found York BID to be very effective at improving York’s welcome and experience whether that’s through the Rangers’ help and advice, by attracting people to look at Christmas lights or supporting our staff when York Museum Gardens gets busy.

As a business, we don’t underestimate the benefits to the city of the humbler work that the York BID does keeping the city looking beautiful. The BID levy is good value for York!”

Reyahn King | Chief Executive | York Museums Trust 

 

“During my time working with the York BID, it was evident that it reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of the York business community. The level of engagement with the York BID team and Andrew Lowson in particular has been very positive and has helped us at First York to support the wider agenda of the city. Creating an effective partnership, facilitated by the York BID has allowed us to kick-start new late evening Park&Ride services which support the night time economy in York. We’re proud of our relationship with the York BID and support its continuation.”

Marc Bichtemann | Managing Director | First York 

 

“As the Co-owner of two retail stores in York, I have had many opportunities to work with York BID and I have to say, of all the local BIDs we work with York is by far the best. From the helpful Rangers who always seem to be at hand to deal with all the issues we throw at them, to support when we need it at a higher level to iron out problems with bodies such as the Council and Highways. I think York BID offers great value for money providing services we need now more than ever.”

Marcus Doyle | Director | The Yorkshire Soap Company

 

“We’re really pleased with how the York BID has supported York businesses during Coronavirus restrictions and lockdown. It has stood out as one of the most proactive and dynamic organisations, and has been one of the few that has actually made any positive impact on our hotel and restaurant business in York city centre. The outside seating area on College Green was a clever way to support our fellow food operators who did not have any outside space; and the street rangers provided a happy, friendly, and welcoming face to the city.”

The main thing that stands out to us from the York BID team is that we actually know their faces! They have actually taken the time to visit our business and speak with us." 

Rebecca Hill | Galtres Lodge Hotel 

 

“It’s never felt so important for different educators, businesses and organisations in York to be working together with common purpose. The York BID helps us to do that. Its work on making the city a clean, safe, and attractive place to live, learn and visit is an essential part of the overall offer
to people who are choosing where to study, and something we really value at York St John University.”

Marc Fleetham | Director of Business Development and Knowledge Exchange| York St John University

 

“The York BID is something which has brought benefits to the city centre on several fronts. My personal thoughts relate to the improved appearance of the streets and the removal of defacing graffiti. Both elements are important to enhancing the city’s offering. Also assistance with shopfronts being made more attractive when they have been vacated as shops, pending re-letting, is a contributory factor in this respect.

Anything which enhances overall appearances must be beneficial to the city as a whole and help to attract visitors to the centre and thereby increase footfall, so very important to the wellbeing of retailers in particular.”

Barry Crux | Director | Barry Crux & Company Chartered Surveyor

 

“City Cruises York really value our relationship with York BID. Their city centre initiatives are of great benefit to us as a business, to our passengers, and also our employees who are also residents of York. We certainly feel that the services we receive are excellent value for the levy we pay each year. In particular, the Street Rangers, the Street Cleaning, and York Restaurant Week have made a noticeable difference to the city.”

Mark Mattinson | Sales & Marketing Manager | City Cruises York

 

“The great thing about having York BID in place is the reassurance it gives you as an independent business that there is a collective working together to improve the local economy and experience for all, not just tourists but our local community. We are delighted to be part of York BID and look forward to continuing to support their great work over the coming years!”

Sarah-Jane Taylor | Operations Director | Preston & Baker

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