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. In March 2016, those businesses were ballotted again to find out if they wanted to continue investing in Brighton City Centre.
The vote was positive and on the 1st July 2016 the new BID came in to being. It will last for 5 years until 2021 and encompasses 517 city centre retail and hospitality businesses. The 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. 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.
Our current BID Directors are:
Fal Blake – Gresham Blake
Caroline Clifton – Present in the Laine
Tim Richardson – Lust
Patrick Warner – Brighton & Hove Bus Company
James Willoughby – North Street Food & Wine
Mark Buchanan-Smith – Churchill Square
Matt Bristow – Homesense
Gary Fitzharris – Marks and Spencer
To find out more, take a look at our Business Plan by clicking here.
Charity Fundraisers or ‘Chuggers’
The BID has reached an agreement with the Institute of Fundraising 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 contact the IoF directly on firstname.lastname@example.org