About Us

Chichester BID has been an important part of the business landscape of Chichester for nearly 10 years.

Rangers, Christmas lights, planting, bunting, flags – all these activities are paid for by the businesses in the centre of Chichester and arranged by the BID with the help of the city and district councils. Our aim is simply to make Chichester a wonderful place to shop and do business and to encourage everyone “to shop/trade local” to sustain the vibrant heart of the city.

What is a BID?

Chichester BID is a business led initiative supported by government legislation which gives businesses the power “to raise funds locally to be spent locally” on improving a defined commercial area. A BID is created when the majority of business rate payers within that area vote to invest collectively in local improvements.

There are now over 320 BIDs across the UK and 8 within Sussex. The BID is independent from local authorities and other statutory agencies and delivers projects over and above the baseline services provided by them.

Chichester BID first became operational in April 2012 and has been operating for almost ten years having been successfully renewed for a third term in 2021 with a 70% yes vote from businesses. Over the past five years, Chichester BID has invested levy payer’s money into Chichester to the tune of circa £1,500,000.

Chichester BID Area

Who is part of it?

Chichester BID’s geographical area lies primarily within the limits of Chichester’s historic city walls. This includes Northgate, Southgate, St Pancras and The Hornet.

Business Improvement Districts

What are BIDs?

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led partnership which allows local businesses the power to decide what improvements they want to make in their city centre. Helping accelerate regeneration by providing services, projects and solutions that fall outside the public sector remit.

BIDs are funded through a levy between 1% and 2% of business rates. In Chichester, each business pays a levy of 1.25% of the rateable value of the premises they occupy.

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