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.


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

Ballymena Fun Day

Ballymena Bid is bringing the kids some Fun in the Town Centre Wednesday 1st June from 12 Noon til 3pm. As most of the kids are off school for the week why not kick start the Jubilee celebrations and extra long weekend early with some fun in Ballymena Town Centre.     Join Emma and…

Notice of AGM

Ballymena Bid Ltd. – Notice of Annual General Meeting Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held in Adair Arms, Ballymena. Tuesday 28th June at 3pm. To allow us to plan refreshments and ensure there’s a sufficient amount of seating for all, please RSVP to by Noon…

Bloomin’ Beautiful Win for Ballymena

Northern Ireland’s top gardening talent was celebrating at the annual Translink Ulster in Bloom awards presentation on Wednesday 23rd March. Hosted at Cultra Manor, the awards event recognised the community-work carried out by gardening enthusiasts, Councils and other public bodies across Northern Ireland. Emma McCrea & Clare Moore from Bid join Mid and East Antrim…


BALLYMENA IS BOUNCING BACK FOR SPRING SHOPPING TRIPS It has been almost 12 months since businesses in Ballymena voted ‘YES’ to at the re-ballot of Northern Ireland’s first Business Improvement District (BID) and since then the town has recorded positive footfall statistics and has welcomed 8 new independent businesses. Two ladies clothing retailers Zarabella and…

Leave Only Paw Prints

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council have teamed up with Ballymena Business Improvement District to encourage dog owners to take the Green Dog Walkers pledge and ‘leave only paw prints’ on our streets. As restrictions continue to ease, local businesses are enjoying a steady increase in footfall within our town centres, so it is important…

Monthly Artisan Market

NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances we’ve had to cancel our Monthly Market on Friday 27th May.  Please keep an eye on this page for information on the next Market coming soon.    Ballymena BID is delighted to bring Town Centre Shoppers a unique offering on the last Friday of Every Month. Located in Wellington Court,…


Despite challenging trading conditions throughout 2021, Ballymena has had plenty to celebrate, and it’s been buzzing with positivity and community spirit. That optimism looks set to continue as the festive season gets underway as local businesses come together to celebrate recent successes and announce exciting future plans. This month saw the town come alive with…

BID 2 Business Breakfast

This week saw the official launch of the Ballymena Business Improvement District’s (BID’s) five-year business plan, which will see over £1M invested directly into Ballymena town centre. Almost 70 attendees, made up of local business owners, stakeholders, strategic partners and board members were welcomed by local businessman Stephen Reynolds who was re-elected Chairman of Ballymena…

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…

Ballymena businesses vote ‘YES’ to another five-year term for BID

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…