Head of Business Operations
"Sheffield BID has now been active for seven years and we are looking forward to what will be our eighth year (2023) here in Sheffield city centre.
That’s eight years in which issues repeatedly come full circle as economic challenges and other environmental impacts continue to pressure the trading environment.
Following the pandemic we are now back on the more familiar ground of celebrating and promoting the wealth of diversity of city centre businesses. Delivering events and campaigns that attract visitors, encourage dwell time and drive spend.
A number of significant announcements around city centre regeneration means that the city has emerged from the pandemic in a far stronger position than when it began. Our priority is to ensure that business views are heard as works progress so that this much needed investment does not detract from the city centre experience.
Through our unique governance, we continue to collaborate with the local authority and South Yorkshire Police to ensure that city centre businesses (through the BID) have an equal seat at the table on matters relating to effective place management and deployment of resources.
The world has changed dramatically since we went to ballot to renew the BID in early 2021. We still have another three years to complete under this current arrangement through to 31 March 2026. As we enter Year 3 of this second term, our focus will be less about the tried and tested BID projects of old, and more about new innovations and experimental projects to meet the demands of what is now a very different city centre."