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Strabane BID

What Is A Bid?

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area. The benefits of BIDs are wide-ranging and include:

·       Businesses decide and direct what they want in their area
·       Businesses are represented and have a voice in issues affecting their trading area
·       BID levy money is ring-fenced for use only in the BID area
·       Increased footfall and spend
·       Enhanced marketing and promotion
·       Looking at infrastructure, pollution and movement 
·       Guidance in place shaping vision activities
·       Facilitated networking opportunities with neighbouring businesses
·       Assistance in dealing with the Council, Police and other public bodies

BIDs were first established in Canada and the US in the 1960s and now exist across the globe, including in South Africa, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

There are 330 BIDs across the UK with 8 of these operating in Northern Ireland.

Strabane BID - Who We Are

First established in 2016 by a majority vote of the businesses within the BID area, Strabane BID is a means of regenerating Strabane town, increasing football and improving the trading environment.

Set up as an independent, not for profit company, the BID board contains representation from businesses and stakeholders in the BID area.

Each business within the area contributes by paying an annual Levy, based upon the rateable value of your business premises. By collectively investing in the area it gives more control to businesses and stakeholders to have their own input on what they want to see, and how they can deliver it.

In 2021 Strabane businesses voted for another 5 year BID term based on the benefits and success of the first term. Strabane BID’s second term will run from 2021 – 2026.

We are dedicated to making Strabane a better place to live, work, visit and invest.

To find out more about Strabane BID or to purchase a gift card please visit


Strabane BID Business Plan 2021 - 2026

Strabane BID Audited Accounts

BID Review and Recommendations

BID Review and Recommendations Short


If you have any questions about the BID in Strabane

please contact the Strabane BID company at [email protected]

Tel(028) 7125 3253

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