Key Achievements



The BID is a private sector organisation funded, managed and directed….

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Winckley Square

Winckley Square is the finest example of a privately planned Georgian development with open space…

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Purple Flag

Preston City Centre is the only place in Lancashire to proudly fly the Purple Flag. The Purple Flag is awarded to a destination….

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Vibrant Preston

Since 2009, the bid has funded and staged a series of high profile events, which have attracted in excess of half a million visitors. Events have included the Lancashire Market, Familyfest, Dine with Gok Wan……

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Safety & Security

BID manages the city’s Pubnet & Radionet systems, which connect many of the city’s leisure and retail venues….

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More Highlights

Gift (£30,000 annually) for the enhancement of Winckley Square, as key stakeholder in attracting the £1.2m Heritage Lottery Funding.

Secured additional sponsorship/commercial income in excess of £145,000.

Commissioned annual regional advertising campaign for the city via Granada TV and regional radio.

Answered over 2,000 enquires from members of the public

Trained over 150 delegates through the Project Griffin Counter Terrorism Scheme.

Lobbied stakeholder on behalf of BID levy payers on more than 40 occasions.

Generated over hundreds of positive media stories for the city centre (valued at £4m).

Introduced weekly footfall counting cameras/software platform across key points in the City.

Gained Purple Flag accreditation for the city centre’s night life and created the Preston By Night brand/group to continue to improve on existing standards. Only place in Lancashire to hold the standard!

Supported BID levy payers with the introduction of the Fishergate Gateway Scheme and associated traffic calming measures.

Co-ordinated the annual complimentary Christmas parking offer.

Establish regular meetings with city centre policing and licensing teams to set priorities and provide updates on crime trends and figures.

Membership of the BID funded Pubnet and Radionet schemes now stands at over 155. Both these schemes are providing a major deterrent to criminal activity and anti-social behaviour in the city centre.

Significantly improved the usage and benefits of both Pubnet and Radionet to assist city centre business in reducing and preventing crime.

Introduced rolling programme of street washing for the BID area.

Installed and updated signage to provide directions to Fishergate side street businesses.

Established a city centre winter planting scheme annually.

A fast reaction to graffiti with responsibility for the removal of more than 32 cases.

Fund organised the city’s Christmas Lights scheme, Campaign and Switch On event

Made BBC TV new with positive PR for the city on several occasions

Invested over £150,000 to upgrade the city's CCTV network and enhance coverage (phased programme)

Highly commended by the ATCM in their National Awards for 'Outstanding Achievement in Town & City Management’

Introduced Prestfest a high profile event generating increased footfall/spend for the leisure & hospitality sector

Produced a Lancashire Cook Book (selling second only to Mary Berry’s book in Lancashire), promoting Preston’s vibrant dining scene.

Created the Preston At Night brand, website and social channels – now firmly established in city live

Creation of the Shop Preston website to promote the city’s retail market

Creation of ShopWatch a business protection tool for retailers