Working TOGETHER to deliver a SAFER, CLEANER and BUSIER city centre, one that is EASIER to access and navigate for the benefit of us all

Now firmly established Sheffield BID delivers a number of long-term projects, including:


BID Levy Payers can access a dedicated BID-funded police resource.  Sheffield BID works with South Yorkshire Police to deliver a safety partnership which includes a dedicated police resource for the BID area. This partnership is focused on the longer term problem solving of issues affecting the city centre.

In addition, businesses can access day-to-day remedial advice from South Yorkshire Police via the BID. Businesses can raise concerns directly with Sergeant Matthew Burdett at Snig Hill Police station.

Mobile cameras: The BID operates several high-tech mobile cameras with 360 rotation which are deployed around the city centre to monitor areas that experience higher incidences of anti-social behaviour.

Security training: We regularly provide safety-related training such as dealing with major incidents (including anti-terror training) and conflict management.
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Remote access CCTV: Through the partnership with Sheffield BID, South Yorkshire Police are pioneering a unique CCTV link system that allows video feeds to be taken from any CCTV system and transmitted back to its control rooms, police stations, custody suites or mobile devices. Interested parties should contact Matthew Burdett for details.


Clean Team: A free graffiti removal service is available to BID Levy Payers. We help with security reviews and graffiti-vandalism advice and assist with prevention measures through access to subsidised anti-graffiti coatings, shutter and street art.
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Street Rangers: The BID’s Street Rangers undertake an early morning cleaning service for Levy Payers affected by the waste and mess left by rough sleepers and late night revellers. The Street Rangers are on duty between 6am and 8am Monday to Thursday and 6am and 9am Friday to Sunday on a scheduled 7-day clean-up of the known hot spots. Levy Payers have access to a rapid-response service for problems that occur outside of the scheduled clean. Whilst other towns and cities have successfully introduced similar programmes there is one significant difference with Sheffield BID’s scheme. It is a supported employment initiative that gives on-the-job training to people from the Archer Project’s Back to Work Group, who were once rough sleepers themselves. Recruits to the team are given an opportunity to get back to work, earn the national living wage and receive additional training in areas such as conflict management, health and safety and customer service.


City Centre Ambassadors: The BID now funds two additional ambassadors in Sheffield City Council’s ambassador team. They help increase our face to face service in reporting issues from businesses to Sheffield BID. In addition, they communicate the latest BID projects, events and opportunities to BID Levy Payers and to listen to any concerns they may have. The duo are on patrol Tuesday to Thursday from 10am to 6pm and also, as part of the BID’s commitment to supporting a safer night time environment, an extended shift Friday to Saturday, from 2pm until 10pm.

Mobile Sheffield: The BID in partnership with Sheffield City Council funds a city centre mobility scheme – Mobile Sheffield – delivered by mobility experts Clark & Partners. Getting around easily is an everyday challenge for people with limited mobility.

Mobile Sheffield is here to help those with mobility issues get from A to B.
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LAVS: The Lavatory & Ablution Venue Scheme is a community toilet initiative. LAVS permits anyone to use the toilets of participating premises whether they are a paying customer or not, providing access to clean, safe toilets in convenient locations.

All the LAVS locations provide male and female toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. The facilities at the Moor Market include specially-equipped Changing Places toilets for people with more complex disabilities.

Sheffield Free WiFi: Sheffield BID successfully campaigned for free public Wifi and, in November 2017, Sheffield City Council and Idaq Networks Ltd announced a 10-year deal that will deliver free high-speed WiFi internet access in the outdoor areas and public buildings of Sheffield city centre. The phased roll-out of the network commences May 2018.


Events and Festivals: Sheffield BID works closely with organisations such as the Council, the two Universities and strategic partners such as the Sheffield Brand Partnership to develop and promote Sheffield City Centre. As part of our commitment to support events, the BID’s sponsorship benefits BID businesses by contributing to festivals that raise the city’s profile and attract footfall.

The sculpture trail “The Herd of Sheffield”, It’s Raining Words, BBC Music Day and the outdoor climbing festival Cliffhanger are recent events when the BID’s support has positively impacted businesses in the area.

Whether it has been investing in new events or enabling the ‘scaling up’ of plans for existing events, the BID has supported projects that boost our local economy and drive visitors and residents to local businesses.

In numbers …

  • 180,000 visitors participated in the The Herd of Sheffield trail (July -August 16), with an estimated increase of £1.6m net visitor spending.
  • 35,000 people came into the city centre for Cliffhanger in July 2016. In July 2017 the festival surpassed expectations by attracting more than 40,000 people to the event.

Alive After Five: This is a collaborative idea based on the dual principles that the UK early evening economy is an important driver of tourism, leisure and business growth within towns and cities. And that the revitalisation of the High Street requires creative and cultural regeneration projects that capitalise on the attraction provided by the night time economy. This means extending economic, social and cultural activities beyond day and through into the night to develop a vibrant early evening economy. We manage a co-ordinated seasonal retail and leisure campaign and a web-based city centre presence highlighting local offers and promotions, which all businesses can get involved in. #sheffafter5

Style Sheffield: Each June we bring fashion fever into the city centre with our take on Fashion Week. Independent boutiques and high-street brands deliver a week of VIP shopping, demonstrations and fashion shows, as part of a collaborative platform to showcase fashion in the community and the diversity of the city centre retail offer.

Dine Sheffield: Launched in September 2017, this showcase of the vibrant restaurant culture is based on the tried and tested “Restaurant Week” first launched in New York. Dine Sheffield is a week-long celebration with amazing savings on a variety of menus. Around 50 of the city centre’s favourite eating places will be serving up fixed price offers to showcase the outstanding diversity of its vibrant food offer.

This is Sheffield: This book is a showcase of all that’s unique and independent in Sheffield city centre. It shares stories from the city’s makers and doers – like a cafe owner who serves the stars of theatreland, an architect who fell in love with Sheffield’s modernist buildings, and a gallery chief who finds inspiration in the city’s energy and ambition. The guide is updated annually.

Sheffield Gift Card: Designed to lock in spend into the city centre economy, the gift card is a pre-loaded Visa debit card which can be used at over 80 participating businesses here in the city centre. The card works in the same way to a store gift card but can be redeemed at a wide range of retailers, restaurants, leisure and entertainment venues here in Sheffield city centre. It’s free and easy for businesses to get involved.

Attracting new visitors: Regionally and nationally, we market the retail and leisure offer to higher spending visitors outside of Sheffield using seasonal and leisure campaigns (delivered through digital and mobile marketing) to ABC1 consumers.

Increasing local visitors: The local pound is important. We do a regular roundup of whats on in Sheffield city centre, promoting this to many thousands of residents within a 30 minute drive time.


Business Cost Savings: we facilitate money saving opportunities on utilities, telecoms, trade waste and insurance. Through a partnership with the BID’s preferred supplier, Penistone-based Business Cost Saving, businesses paying the BID levy can access some of the most competitive wholesale tariffs in the UK. The service is completely free, without obligation and 100% of all savings are passed on. At worst, as a Levy Payer you’ll receive a free “health check” for your cost base and at best the cost savings team will find extra profit within your business.
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Help us Help: Help us Help is a behaviour-change campaign to support those who are begging on our city centre streets. It is a collaboration between all the services and charities in the city who are there to provide practical support and compassionate care and advice. Help us Help is for people who want to directly help and to encourage volunteering and donations. The campaign is funded by Sheffield City Council, Sheffield BID and the charities and organisations who support people on the street.

Download a full summary of our Year 2 (2016-2017) activity here