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


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 5 years and must be able to demonstrate how it benefits the businesses that have founded 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:


Our Vision

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

Key Objectives


A coordinated programme of marketing, promotions and events


Accessibility - car parking, better signage and improving visitor's journey


Supporting town centre businesses


Improving safety and security


Improving the physical environment


An innovation fund

Quotes from businesses

Latest News

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Formal Notice of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Ballymena BID Ltd will be held in The Braid Ballymena, 3pm Tuesday 22nd June. To ensure we adhere to social distancing guidelines, numbers will be limited. Please RSVP to no later than Noon on Friday 18th…

Thank you from Ballymena BID

On Wednesday 31st of March, Ballymena received some great news.  Stephen Reynolds Chair of Ballymena BID and Emma McCrea Bid Manager break the news and give thanks to the the local business community for voting YES and to our business partners for their continued support.   Ballot results released by the independent scrutineer, Civica Election…

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The deadline has passed, the votes have all been counted, and today, the fate of Northern Ireland’s first Business Improvement District’s (BID’s) second term has been decided… And…. It’s a resounding YES! Ballymena businesses and organisations have once again voted in favour of retaining the Ballymena BID for a further 5-year term. The support for…


BALLYMENA BID CALLS FOR A ‘YES’ VOTE FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES This week marks the start of the five-week ballot process which will determine the future of the Ballymena Business Improvement District (BID) which has operated in the town for the past five years. Hailed unanimously as Northern Ireland’s first BID success story, the Ballymena BID…

Vote for Ballymena BID, 16th – 17th February

Your Voting papers are on their way.  Ballymena BID Ballot is now open and your voting papers will arrive via post to your business premises in and around the 17th/18th of February. Please collect your papers from your business as soon as possible, TICK THE YES BOX and post back. If for any reason you…


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Ballymena BID 2 Business Plan

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A message from Stephen Reynolds (Bid Chairperson)

2020 has, without doubt, been one of the most challenging years I have ever encountered in 35 years trading in my hometown of Ballymena….and it’s far from over yet. I’m sure that many of you are feeling the same. “Unprecedented” quickly became one of the cliché words of 2020….but there really is no better term…

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Essential Services in Ballymena

Essential services remain open for you in the Ballymena Area, please visit their websites or telephone to make an appointment or receive a telephone consultation.  Banks/Building Societies/Financial Services:  Danske Bank Bank of Ireland  Hallifax  Santander  AIB (First Trust) Nationwide  Progressive  Ballymena Credit Union  Opticians:  B H McKeague: Vist their website  or telephone to make an…

Shop Ballymena Online

Support your favourite Ballymena Independent Retailers by shopping online. Don’t miss out on the winter sales and your favourite fashions.  The following fabulous Ballymena Stores offer an online shopping experience. Check them out:  Grassmen: Grassmen fans will be delighted that they can still shop their favourite brand online… Keep an eye out for their weekly…

Essential Shopping in Ballymena

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20k of Christmas vou“cheers”

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