A Business Improvement District (BID) is an area designated to receive enhanced services paid for by an additional 1% levy on top of business rates.

BIDs are usually, but not always, town centre areas. Some BIDs are focused around specific features such as marinas.

There are 160 BIDs in the UK, and their numbers are growing all the time as businesses and organisations recognise the benefits of banding together to make their local area a better, cleaner, safer place for their visitors and the people who live and work there.