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About The BedfordBID

What is The BedfordBID?

A Business Improvement District, or BID, is an arrangement under which you plan how to improve your own trading environment. Businesses identify projects or services that will add value to their business and agree how to manage it and how much they are prepared to pay. The funds collected are ring-fenced and used only to deliver a structured an guaranteed set of activities voted on by the businesses within the BID. The BID and the projects it will carry out do not and cannot replace those services statutorily provided by the public agencies such as the Police and Bedford Borough Council. The BID can only provide projects and services over and above. It lasts for a maximum of five years..

The BID Zone

A Business Improvement District is a defined area in which a levy is charged on all business rate payers in addition to the business rates bill.


BedfordBID is funded by those in the BID boundary zone by paying a levy of 2% of the rateable value of their business. The levy is ringfenced and invested into those projects and services agreed by you as part of the BID renewal process. It is separate from the business rates which pass straight to the Government. Upon the success of the ballot held in October 2019, the threshold was increased to aid smaller businesses Hereditaments shown in the local Non-Domestic Rating List on the 1st of April each year of the BID with a rateable value of the “specified rateable value” or less will be exempt from the BID levy for that year. The specified rateable value is the higher of £12,000 or the maximum rateable value for that year, at which a ratepayer may be entitled to 100% small business rate relief. Source: BedfordBID Renewal Business Plan 1st April – 31st March 2025 BedfordBID Levy Arrangements

Meet the Team

Meet the passionate minds behind The BedfordBID and Love Bedford, a team dedicated to showcasing the beauty and vibrancy of Bedford.


When you are part of BedfordBID there are a multitude of benefits to be enjoyed. These include:

  • Love Bedford Marketing & Promotions
  • BedfordBID Champions ‘Champs’
  • Love Bedford Vouchers
  • BedfordBID Projects
  • BedfordBID Initiatives


BedfordBID is independent from Bedford Borough Council with a Board of volunteer, non-executive Directors elected by those businesses who pay the BID levy, which includes both small and large businesses.


Board Directors are voted for at an AGM by BID Members. If your business is within the BID boundary you are entitled to apply to become a Member. To become a Director, you need to be a Member.

BedfordBID Elections

A ballot of local businesses in the town centre has backed the renewal of the BID for a further five years.


View all our important documents – from newsletters to accounts, and how to be more involved in the BID.