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A key objective of The BID Foundation (TBF) is to increase the transparency, accountability and professionalism of the industry. Developing a set of simple standards was one of 13 recommendations suggested by the Institute of Place Management (IPM) in a state-of-the-art review of the industry.

The IPM advised all BIDs to publish important information about their management and governance on their website, for levy payers and wider stakeholders to have confidence in their operations.

The Industry Standards have been developed through consultation with members of TBF Council, the British Retail Consortium, Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Scottish Towns Partnership and Welsh Government.

TBF Industry Standards

TBF Industry Standards state that the following information must be easily accessible through a BID's website:

    1. The contact details for the CEO/BID Manager, and all other staff funded through the BID.
    2. The current BID business plan.
    3. The most recent BID ballot result by percentage for number and Rateable Value, including percentage turnout and total number of eligible voters.
    4. The names of BID Board Directors and the name of their business and/or the sector they represent.
    5. Details of the BID’s governance structure - these must cover rules for the election of Directors and Terms of Reference for the Board.
    6. A mechanism or contact details for levy payers to request minutes of Board meetings.
    7. An explanation on how levy payers can provide feedback to the BID. For example details of an AGM and/or other regular meetings and/or specified contact route
    8. A published procurement policy and minutes of all decisions made at Board meetings regarding expenditure of the BID levy.
    9. A register of all pecuniary and personal interests updated at every Board meeting (to be made available upon request).
    10. The annual billing leaflet sent to levy payers detailing how funds have been spent and the income received.
    11. An annual report detailing the BIDs achievements and its value to levy payers including annual accounts.

These standards are freely available and we encourage all BIDs to meet them, however the assessment and accreditation of the standards are only available for paid members of The BID Foundation.

Members of the BID Foundation are also expected to meet these standards and their compliance is independently audited by The Institute of Place Management. The BID Foundation works with Member BIDs to support their adoption of the standards.


Getting started

If you are interested in becoming compliant with our Industry Standards, please download the Industry Standards Starter Pack. For further help and information, please send us an email to

Accredited members


Better Bankside
Baker Street Quarter
Bognor Regis BID
Bradford BID
Bristol City Centre BID
Canterbury BID
FOR Cardiff
Coleraine BID
Colmore BID
Croydon BID
Derby Cathedral Quarter
Great Yarmouth Town

Experience Guildford
Herefordshire County BID
Kingston First
BID Leamington
Leeds BID
Liverpool BID Company
Team London Bridge
Newport Now
Norwich BID
Positively Putney
Redcliffe and Temple BID
Ripon BID

Rochdale BID
Shrewsbury BID
Skipton BID
Solihull BID
Southport BID

Stratford Original
Streatham BID
Sunderland BID
Love Wimbledon
The York BID
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