Independents Day

Preston city centre offers one of the strongest assortments of independent businesses, anywhere in Lancashire.  A strong city centre needs a great blend of big brands and unique independents in its mix and we’re lucky that we have that in the heart of our city.

Next time you’re thinking about purchasing that new dress, or trying a new place to eat, or even making a major purchase for your home, skip online spending and visit your high street.

It’s likely that there, or by venturing off the beaten track, you’ll find just what you’re looking for…

“Supporting independent businesses is substantially important to supporting what you love about a city.”

– Foster Kamer –

Use 4th July, as your Independents Day, and show them some love!


BID Team

The BID team consists of a part-time BID manager and part-time operations officer. The core BID team…

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Positive image

The BID works with many stakeholders to create a positive image of the city...

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Street Cleaning

The BID’s rolling power washing programme has covered over 25km of pavements since it began in 2010. …

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Promotional Tools

PrestonAtNight and are assets used by the BID to promote both the city’s leisure and retail…

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Preston City Centre has three electronic footfall cameras which count the number of pedestrians passing on any…

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Winter Planting

Providing a splash of colour, along key routes, is vital when winter arrives. The BID annually funds…

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Festive Shopping / Parking

Check out the festive opening times for the shopping centres, most high street stores tend to follow…

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What is Preston BID?

Who Is benefitting?

  • Stimulates wellbeing and economic growth
  • Gives competitive regional advantage
  • Develops partnership between private & public sector
  • Encourages corporate social responsibility
  • Provides sustainable investment for on-going capital projects/services
  • Creates a positive sense of place and enhanced community pride
  • Destination events in the city centre
  • Profiling of their home/city
  • Opportunity for businesses to have “a voice”
  • Increased footfall
  • Fairer to smaller businesses
  • Fair system, those that invest, benefit