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.
A grant from York BID in 2016 helped YIBA develop a website and a bespoke navigational map, designed to guide visitors to the diverse range of independent and specialist shops located in and around the city centre. Since 2016, the BID has helped Indie York achieve the following;
- grow from 50 to 225 members;
- distribute over 50,000 maps to members of the public, targeting times of high footfall such as Christmas markets;
- 2020 has seen a 12.08% increase of users to the website, 22.17% increase in average session duration and 16.69% increase in sessions.
- 9 public meetings involving Independent businesses and monthly steering committees;
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.