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:

Mayor (1)

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

20k of Christmas vou“cheers”

20k of Christmas vou“cheers” up for grabs in Ballymena this festive shopping season As Christmas approaches, Ballymena BID are making 20 winners this winter with a very merry twenty thousand pounds in vouchers up for grabs to spend across the town centre. Anyone can enter by supporting local retailers with the “Shop to Win” posters…

Reballot Update

In light of the current restriction the BID Board has also made the decision to postpone our proposed BID re-ballot vote until 2021 which will allow us to focus on support for our town centre, and our traders, over the challenging months ahead. The BID is here to support all businesses. We have a new…

Ballymena Postpones Annual Discount Day 2020

For many years, it has been one of the busiest and most eagerly anticipated shopping days in Ballymena for the retail, hospitality and wider business community. Unfortunately, plans for Ballymena’s Annual Discount Day, which usually takes place mid-November, have had to be postponed due to ever changing restrictions brought about by the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.…

Message from our chair

Since our last newsletter issued in March, who would have thought we would now be in the midst of a global pandemic with businesses and retailers throughout the country facing unprecedented challenges. Nevertheless, the Ballymena BID have regrouped and are adjusting to the ‘new normal’. It is with this in mind that I thought it…