Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are an opportunity for businesses to coordinate investment in their area in a way that improves it as a place to do business.
BIDs are business-led and business-funded not-for-profit organisations working in a defined area, set up by a ballot of businesses.
BIDs were introduced to the UK as part of government legislation in 2004. Today there are more than 300 BIDs operating across the UK, and more than 60 in London. The closest BIDs to Wood Green are in Stratford, Waltham Forest, Hampstead and Angel. Future Wood Green is the first BID in Haringey and the northernmost BID in London.
BIDs create significant sums of investment across the UK and put it in the hands of locally situated businesses. BIDs’ strong governance structure and income stream also make it easier to attract external and match funding. Future Wood Green (Wood Green’s BID) expects to raise approximately £2,000,000 investment over its five year term and use this to leverage in extra match-funding.