Welcome to the Barrow Improvement District (BID)
Barrow BID was set up in September 2016 to promote and regenerate Barrow’s Town Centre following a vote of town centre businesses in the summer of 2016. The initiative is a five year scheme, funded by local town centre businesses who MUST pay an additional levy based on the rateable value of their premises prior to September 2016. The rateable value is fixed each year for the five year period, so that local town centre businesses and the Barrow BID team can budget easier without seeing an increase or decrease in the levy payments.
Barrow BID has five key objectives to deliver within the town, these being:
- To market and promote Barrow
- To make access to Barrow town centre easier and more attractive for residents, visitors and workers throughout the day.
- To instil a sense of pride in Barrow Town Centre
- To establish Barrow town centre’s evening and night time economy as a welcoming, safe environment for people of all ages to enjoy food, drink and entertainment.
- To build effective partnerships between the town’s businesses, organisations and local authorities.
These in turn were grouped into our four ‘B’s:
- Better Brand and Promotion – BETTER BARROW
- Busier Shops and Services – BUSIER BARROW
- Brighter Streets and Buildings – BRIGHTER BARROW
- Boost the Evening Economy – BOOSTING BARROW
Does your club, society, organisation, charity or not-for-profit company need funding to put on an initiative, project or event to benefit Barrow Town Centre? If so, complete our funding support application and apply for up to £2,000 to make your ideas happen.
Your initiative or event must benefit Barrow town centre and should ideally meet one of the aims of Barrow BID. Each application will be discussed at Barrow BID board meetings, which take place on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and every application will be taken on its merits and the benefit to the town centre.
- Limited funding available for ‘Special Projects’. Once the money is spent, the scheme will be closed for the remainder of the calendar year.
- The Barrow BID Board’s decision is final and there is no appeal process.
Christmas Shopping in Barrow Town Centre
You don’t have to travel far to get everything you need this Christmas. Barrow Town Centre has a selection of National Stores, Independent Shops and Market Stalls where you can find all you need to make Christmas extra special this year.
If you want to make a lasting impression with your Christmas Dinner or party food, then head to some of the best independent butchers, bakers and grocers in Cumbria. From traditional turkeys to wild boar and venison, our local butchers will provide quality produce and expert advice on the best way to cook and serve your food. As well as our range of quality independents, Barrow also hosts an M&S store and everyone who has seen their mouth-watering TV adverts knows how good their food is.
For Christmas Gifts, we have a huge range of National stores and Independents where you can find the perfect gift at a budget that suites you. Portland Walk hosts a range of National stores, including the Debenhams Department Store where you can find something special for the love of your life. From sports stores, to toy stores, from electronics to personalised gifts, Barrow town centre has everything you will need to make your family and friends happy on Christmas morning.
If you need some ideas and inspiration head into the Indoor Market. With a diverse range of market stalls, you could find a weird and wonderful gift, a perfect treat for your pooch or a bespoke gift that tells someone you love them. Don’t forget to take your children to meet the beautiful owls twoo!
Following our AGM on 21st November 2018, you can now read the financial report, minutes, Chairman’s report and Manager’s report online at: Annual Report 2018
Catch up with everything that has gone on this year by reading all our Board Minutes here
The Barrow BID Board and Manager would like to wish all our BID Levy Payers and Members a happy and prosperous Christmas and New Year.
If you would like to discuss any issues within the minutes or have any ideas on how you can help and get involved, please email the BID Manager
Barrow BID are one of the lead partners in a new promotional brand for Barrow. Visit Barrow promotes the attractions, assets, events and businesses that make Barrow worth visiting. Visit the new Visit Barrow website to find out why ‘there’s more than meets the eye’ in Barrow in Furness.
Barrow Town Centre is a great place to visit. As the second largest retail centre in Cumbria, after Carlisle, Barrow has a wide range of National and Independent shops, cafes and businesses. On an evening, Barrow has a diverse range of restaurants, bars and nightclubs to enjoy a sociable evening or get you partying hard through the night.
Find out more about Barrow’s businesses by perusing our online directory.