About Ballymena BID

A Business Improvement District (BID) is an arrangement whereby businesses get together and decide;

  • what improvements they want to make in the BID area,
  • how they will manage and deliver the improvements, and
  • what the improvements will cost.

This all goes into a business plan which is voted on by all those who would have to pay. The BID lasts for a maximum of five years and must be able to demonstrate how it benefits the businesses that have funded it.

The Ballymena Business Improvement District (BID) was implemented in Ballymena Town Centre following a resounding successful vote by Ballymena town centre businesses. It gives members one voice to:

Vision: The BID’s vision is to create a safe, welcoming, cleaner, accessible and distinctive location for all to shop, visit, experience and enjoy.

Aim:  To encourage growth, development and investment in local businesses.

Key Objectives include:

  • A coordinated programme of marketing, promotions and events
  • Accessibility – car parking, better signage and improving the visitor’s journey
  • Supporting town centre businesses
  • Improving safety and security
  • Improving the physical environment
  • An innovation fund

The Ballymena BID is made up of a wide range of local businesses, from small independent retailers and services to larger high street brands.  Each member attends regular BID board meetings and the Chairman and Vice are:

Chairman, Martin North, Fairhill Shopping Centre General Manager 

Vice Chairman, Andrew Storey, Store Manager, Boots