What is a BID?

“A BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT IS A DEFINED AREA IN WHICH A LEVY IS CHARGED ON BUSINESS RATE PAYERS IN ADDITION TO THE BUSINESS RATES BILL. THIS LEVY IS USED TO DEVELOP PROJECTS WHICH WILL BENEFIT BUSINESSES IN THE LOCAL AREA.”

That’s the official government definition. But it doesn’t give the whole picture.  In practice, it is the businesses themselves who decide whether a BID should operate – and a ballot of those who would be liable to pay the levy must take place before the BID can start to operate.

The rate at which the levy is set is usually small with the majority of BIDs in the UK setting their rate at 1.5% or 2%.  In Skipton the rate has been set at just 1% during the first two terms, and the proposal for the third term is that it should remain at 1%.

Each BID term runs for five years and there is no limit as to what projects or services can be provided.  The only requirement is that it should be something that is in addition to services already provided by local authorities. Projects can enhance or improve what is already in place – or can bring something entirely new to the area.

Skipton BID

Work on the first Skipton BID commenced in 2007 and was championed by the Skipton Chamber of Trade & Commerce. The first ballot was held in early 2009, with the first term of the BID itself commencing in April of that year. The BID is managed by a Board of Directors comprising representatives of key stakeholders and levy payers.

In 2014 the Skipton BID was renewed for a second term which ends on 31st March 2019. The launch of this Business Plan for a third term marks the start of the process towards a new Skipton BID commencing from 1st April 2019 and running through to 31st March 2024.

Board Members

Andrew Mear

Chairman
``Moving forward we see more changes in the high street as the technological revolution continues at a pace. It is up to us to adapt quickly embracing the changes making Skipton a better safer place for people to enjoy their leisure time. The Skipton BID can only help improve our town, and without it we will see Skipton fail to meet its full potential.``
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Lindsey Johnson

Board Member
Lindsey is Principal and Chief Executive of Craven College (incorporating Tyro Training). Lindsey joined the Board in March 2020.

David Smurthwaite

Board Member
David is currently the Strategic Manager of Craven District Council, one of the two ex-officio local authority positions on the Board. He joined the Board following the BID’s second renewal in 2014.

Ivan Le Roux

Board Member
Ivan worked in Skipton for over a decade and is Head of Group Insurance for AO.Com. Ivan is also the President of the Skipton Chamber of Trade and Commerce and represents their interest on the Board.

James Parker

Board Member
James works at Skipton Building Society and, as Training & Competence and QA Governance Manager, is part of the Senior Leadership Team. James joined the Board in May 2021.

Louise Close

Board Member
Louise Close is Chief Officer at Skipton Town Council. She has 15 years’ experience of Local Government and qualified in 2019. Louise has lived in the Dales for 18 years.

Matthew Middleton

Board Member by Proxy
Matthew is the Regional Centre Manager for Praxis, and manages Craven Court Shopping Centre.

Sarah Howsen

BID Manager
Sarah has worked in destination management for 15 years and is passionate about high street regeneration and the success of Skipton.