04 Apr
New Board Member opportunity

Sheffield BID is seeking to appoint a co-opted board member with skills in strategic communications

This is an exciting time for Sheffield. A combination of new corporate leadership, ambitious regeneration plans and huge votes of confidence in the form of new funding from Homes England, the Arts Council and other key partners leave the City well placed to lead the sustainable growth of the region. 

But if the city centre isn’t working, these plans will fail. This is where the BID comes in. 

Governed by legislation, the BID was created by ballot in 2015 to contribute to the vibrancy of the commercial trading environment.

We collaborate on projects and events that drive footfall, dwell time and spend. We fund activities and ideas that bring people and trade opportunities into the city centre. We build a strong, collaborative business community. 

By law, our work is additional to the services provided by the local authority and other statutory bodies. 

BIDs last for five years after which time a new ballot of eligible businesses must take place. We are currently delivering our second BID following a renewal ballot in February 2021. 

We are funded by a mandatory levy on businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of £40,000+. This currently raises over £3m for the five-year programme. 

We are just entering the fourth year in this our second term. The current BID arrangement expires 31 March 2026. 

Now is the time for us to consider whether we should seek a mandate for another five-year BID and, if so, on what basis. 

The creation of a BID must be driven by the needs of those who would pay the levy and must address the priorities identified by those businesses. 

The Opportunity 

The Board of Sheffield BID (the city centre business improvement district) is looking to appoint a co-opted board member with a background in strategic communications to ensure we have the capacity and skills to support the next phase of our work. 

You will have experience of communications policy at a senior level.

The role is an unpaid, voluntary position and includes attendance at four board meetings per year. You’ll also be invited to participate in the life of the organisation between board meetings (sub-committee and task & finish groups) as well as being an ambassador for the BID. 

Find out more and how to apply here.

Closing date 
Monday, 6 May 2024. 

Interview date
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview with our Nominations Committee on Friday, 10 May 2024.