Welcome to Brilliant Brighton – the name given to the Brighton BID (Business Improvement District).
A BID is a defined geographical area which involves all businesses located within it. Traders join together to fund improvements to their trading environment.
The first Brighton BID was introduced in September 2006 and consisted of around 300 traders all located in the heart of Brighton – parts of the North Laine, North Street and parts of The Lanes. During April 2011 the businesses in the BID were re-balloted, along with the addition of traders in Western Road and Preston Street to see if there was an appetite to enlarge the BID area.
The vote was positive and on the 1st July 2011 the new BID came in to being. It will last for 5 years until 2016 and now encompasses 517 city centre retail and hospitality businesses. The new BID covers Western Road, Preston Street, North Street, parts of both The Lanes and The North Laine.
Over the next 5 years nearly £1.8m will be invested in Brighton city centre by its traders, for more information on the BID you can look at the business plan. The Brighton BID was formed to create a thriving, safe, clean and vibrant city centre that residents and visitors want to come back to time and time again. Brilliant Brighton will focus on creating a safer environment for visitors, producing exciting Christmas light displays and dressing the city for summer with hanging baskets and bunting.
We are also working with businesses to support trading in other ways by reducing overheads and providing business support. By working in partnership with agencies such as the Police, City Council, the Business Crime Reduction Partnership and transport operators the BID is at the forefront of strategic thinking that will benefit Brighton City Centre for years to come.
Charity Fundraisers or ‘Chuggers’
The BID has now reached an agreement with the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association to manage on-street charity collections in Brighton City Centre. To read the agreement in detail, please click here. If you would like to make a complaint about Charity Fundraisers, please call the PFRA directly on 0207 401 8452.