What's Happening

Across the year BID organises a series of events and campaigns; some for the general public and some for businesses only. Click below for more information on the events & campaigns!

What’s Happening

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General Public Survey

September 27, 2018

Preston’s Business Improvement District has launched their annual General Public Survey for 2018. The survey, which captures the thoughts and…

Preston Rocked

Thousands of people enjoyed the Bank Holiday sunshine and headed to Preston city centre on Saturday for Preston Rocks and…

Digital Influence

A report published on Sunday 5th August saw Preston sit at number 60 on a National scale for ‘Digital Influence’…

Smiles Better Awards

Preston’s Business Improvement District has launched their annual General Public Survey for 2018. The survey, which captures the thoughts and…

Shankly Hotel Preston – Sees Phenomenal Demand

November 26, 2018

SHANKLY HOTEL PRESTON - PHENOMENAL DEMAND  SEES ROOMS SOLD & BOOKINGS INTO 2023!  The much talked about and eagerly awaited £15M football…

City Centre Survey

January 11, 2019

Preston Feels Safe & The High Street is a ‘Better Place’ According to a survey carried out by the Preston…

City Centre Events

February 19, 2019

Event Name Date Location Scale Skiddle Bus 23/2 Flag Market Small Stand Together Against Racism 23/3 Flag Market Medium The…

Cotton Court – Competition

March 11, 2019

Preston business centre, Cotton Court, has launched a competition to help local start-ups achieve their goals. The Cotton Court Start…

Pop-Up Garden Event

April 9, 2019

St George’s Shopping Centre will host an exclusive pop-up style garden event this Easter to showcase its glamorous seasonable products,…

Smiles Better Awards

April 10, 2019

The winners of the Preston Business Improvement District (BID) ‘Smiles Better’ Awards were handed out at a ceremony at Evoque…

Pitching Secrets – Event

April 25, 2019

Budding and established entrepreneurs from across Lancashire are invited to learn about creating the perfect pitch. NatWest will be holding…

Wings For Life

May 3, 2019

From 12.00pm on the 5th May there will be a charity fun run taking place at Preston's Avenham park.  This…

Event Boosts Footfall

May 13, 2019

The Makers Market, an exciting new event for the city, boosted high street footfall by almost 14% on Saturday 11th…

UCLan Degree Fashion Show

June 7, 2019

UCLan is inviting businesses and members of the public to their annual fashion show! The show will present finalist work…

Independents Day

June 26, 2019

Preston city centre offers one of the strongest assortments of independent businesses, anywhere in Lancashire.  A strong city centre needs…

CITY TALK: Disc Portal 

September 6, 2019

City centre retailers are invited a “City Talk” event, taking place on Wednesday 18th September from 10.00am at the Ivory Tower,…


September 16, 2019

The countdown is officially ON for the return of St George’s Shopping Centre’s exclusive Student Session. Retailers will be offering…

City Centre Warden

September 25, 2019

BID, working alongside Preston City Council, is recruiting for the post of 'City Centre Warden'. Click HERE to view the…

Disability Equality North West

October 16, 2019

Catch up with the latest from Disability Equality North West, and the great work they do in Preston and beyond.…

Trader Opportunity

October 28, 2019

Trader Opportunity There is an opportunity for a food/drink catering concession at Preston BID’s Christmas Lights Switch On, on Saturday…

Support Barnardo’s

November 12, 2019

Local Community Asked to Come Together for Disadvantaged Young People Local business centre launches their annual appeal to bring a…

Switch On: This Saturday

November 18, 2019

Preston will be lit up from Saturday 23rd November, with the help of a few thousand guests and a line-up…

Festive Shopping / Parking

November 21, 2019

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

Lancashire – HS2

February 12, 2020

The Cabinet Member for economic development at Lancashire County Council has welcomed the government announcement to go ahead with HS2,…

Sleeping On The Job

February 13, 2020

Preston Marketing Agency Invoke Media Invest In Expert Sleep Consultation For Staff & Clients. Cotton Court Business Centre based Invoke…


March 10, 2020

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising against all travel to Hubei Province, where the outbreak started, and all but…

Covid-19 Support

March 18, 2020

Download a resource pack for businesses in the hospitality/leisure sector HERE Help For Businesses Support for businesses paying sick pay…