Following the yes vote, the town centre’s Business Improvement District commenced on 1st April 2017. Businesses pay an annual levy and this collective pot of around £2.4 million will be ring-fenced and invested in the town centre over the next five years.

Through this business-led programme of investment the vision is: ‘To develop the Halifax town centre into a quality destination and a great place for business, leisure and culture with a profile which is recognised regionally and nationally, for being, family friendly, welcoming and inclusive to all and which builds upon its heritage and looks to the future.’

The BID Area

The Halifax Business Improvement District covers the town centre from an apex in the north between the A58 and Charlestown Road, running along the western side of Charlestown Road in the east to Southowram Bank where it meets the railway and along the railway and down to the station and the Eureka Museum.

Halifax BID area


The Vote

In order for the proposals set out in this Business Plan to go ahead, more than 50 per cent of voting business ratepayers had to vote ‘yes’. Those in favour also have to represent at least 50 per cent of the combined ‘rateable values’ of those who vote. If these two criteria are met, the Business Plan is activated and all businesses in the area concerned will be required to pay the levy.

The persons entitled to vote, and be liable for the levy, are the ratepayers of non-domestic premises in the Business Improvement District. Properties with a rateable value of less than £6,000 will be excluded from the vote and levy.

The Levy

A levy of 1.75% of rateable value (RV) was proposed for businesses with an RV of £6,000 or more businesses which fall within the levy criteria . This levy arrangement will generate around £2.2 million of ring-fenced funding over the five-year life of the BID and will be used to lever in additional funds where possible adding a further £210,000 over the life of the BID. This will be used to fund the projects identified in this Business Plan.

Business Tools

Paying your Levy

Every business in Halifax town centre (with a rateable value above £6K) is required to pay a levy which is in addition to business rates and needs to be paid separately.


Prompt payment will help ensure that the objectives from our business plan, which were voted in favour of, will come to fruition. Thank you

How to pay your levy

BACS/Internet Banking: You will need to contact your bank to make arrangements to pay this way. Payments should be made to National Westminster Bank PLC. The account to be credited is Calderdale MBC, Head Office Collection Account, Sort Code 62-21-45. The bank account number should be formatted as 00000000 (eight zeros). Please ensure that your BID payment reference number is quoted in full with no spaces.


Internet by debit or credit card: Pay online 24 hours a day via the Council website, please note that a surcharge will be made for credit card payments, no charge is made for debit card payments.


Payment by Post: Please make cheques payable to Calderdale MBC and send to Halifax BID Limited, PO Box 51, Halifax, HX1 1TP. Please write your BID account reference number and property address on the back of the cheque.


Many thanks,


Halifax BID



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The Vision

To develop Halifax town centre into a quality destination and a great place for business, leisure and culture with a profile which is recognised regionally and nationally, for being family-friendly, welcoming and inclusive to all and which builds upon its heritage and looks to the future.’


The programme of investment is delivered through the four strategic objectives and their related projects.

Objective 1



Lively & Well Promoted


To develop and promote the strengths and characteristics of Halifax and build awareness of its retail, professional service, leisure and cultural offer locally, regionally and nationally.


Amount the BID will spend:£614,000 over 5 years

Halifax Gift Card

New Gift Card for Halifax, promoting local shopping and supporting Halifax businesses.

Quarterly Brochures

Promoting events, businesses and activities, a kids one too, fun packed with activities, competitions and more.

Tour De Yorkshire

We're providing thousands of metres of bunting for local shops.

Annual Celebrations

Valentine's Day and Mother's Day competitions, opportunities to win Halifax Gift Cards.

Event Funding

Funding for annual events, Festival of Words, Heritage Festival, Food& Drink Festival, Pride and more

Food and Drink Guide

Handy guide for residents and visitors


Regular competitions to win Halifax Gift Cards

Objective 2


Smart & Attractive


To create a sense of ‘place’ for visitors and people working in the town centre to enjoy.


Amount the BID will spend:£437,000 over 5 years

Clean- Ups

Always looking for ways to smarten up the town, from cleaning to painting.

Hanging Baskets

Creating a bright and welcoming atmosphere.

Painted Windows

Beautiful window art throughout the year at shops and businesses

Lights & Displays

Beautiful displays to keep the town bright and attractive, kites, flags and Quality Street lights for Christmas.

Bike Racks

Encouraging Cycling into the town benefitting health & reducing exhaust emissions

Objective 3


Welcoming & Accessible


To provide a welcoming and easily accessible place for visitors, workers and residents to explore.


Amount the BID will spend:£637,000 over 5 years


All-new pedestrian wayfinding maps

Ambassadors and PCSOs

Ambassadors and PCSOs here to support you

Town Centre Security

security system for the town centre


Defibrillators installed around town


The ‘Best Bar None’ scheme national scheme

Partnership Action Days

Staff from the BID, Police, Council and Woolshops put on high-viz vests and interact with the public

Objective 4


A great business & leisure offer


To encourage growth, development and investment of businesses which complement and build on the strengths of Halifax town centre.


Amount the BID will spend:£614,000 over 5 years

Monitoring and reporting

Installation of footfall cameras

Working Groups

Levy payers have your say

Training Opportunities

Training opportunities for levy payers

Calderdale Next Chapter

Improvements to accessibility into the town

A message from the chair of Halifax BID

The Halifax Business Improvement District (BID) was approved in October 2016, when 67% of businesses by number and 75% by rateable value said YES to an investment programme in our town centre. The Halifax BID will run for the next 5 years commencing in April.

The Halifax BID will deliver activities based on 4 key strategic objectives and their related activities which were identified after extensive consultation with town centre businesses. You will have received a copy of the business plan.

A Business Improvement District provides us with an opportunity to forge stronger links between town centre businesses from all sectors and work on projects which we initiate and which are important to us as committed and hardworking business people. The BID will work hard in building relationships with the local authority and other organisations in order to meet our objectives.

Towns and cities across the UK are changing rapidly and we believe that the Halifax BID will ensure that our town centre does not simply look to the past but takes advantage of its heritage to look to the future. If you would like to know more or would like to get involved with the management groups that steer the BID projects, please contact us via

Leigh-Anne Stradeski
Chair of the Halifax BID Board &
Chief Executive Eureka! Children’s Museum