Blackpool Tourism BID


Map of TBID

Map of TBID

The Blackpool TBID will provide an effective organisational model which brings together the business community, both occupiers and owners, and public authorities, to work together for the benefit of Blackpool’s tourism sector.

The Blackpool TBID will be a company limited by guarantee. The company will be the legal entity that will run the activities of the TBID following its establishment. The TBID will have two categories of membership:

  1. BID levy payers - commercial occupiers liable to pay the TBID levy
  3. Voluntary members - – businesses and organisations that are not TBID levy payers approved by the TBID Board

The nomination of voluntary members will be supported by either an annual financial contribution (cash or in-kind) or their strategic importance to the delivery of the TBID’s business objectives. Key groups may include smaller businesses that fall below the threshold of rateable value, businesses outside of the TBID's geographic boundary and property owners.

Organisation Structure

A Board of Directors will lead and guide the work of the TBID which is chosen from the businesses which form the constituency of the organisation. The Board will have the appropriate balance of skills, experience, independence and knowledge to enable them to discharge their respective duties and responsibilities effectively. It will also seek diversity and ensure a representative mix of its membership.

The Board will meet quarterly and drive the set aims and objectives of the TBID, as well as maintaining good governance, overseeing the budget and monitoring performance. The Board will consist of between 12 -16 non-Executive Directors including the Chair. Directors will be appointed by the Board subject to ratification by the TBID members at annual meetings of the company.

*Further details available in the Company Articles of Association

Observers can be appointed by the Board subject to ratification by TBID members at annual meetings of the company. Key groups may include public authorities and the Police.

The TBID will seek to embrace the business and wider community with a programme of work which meet its stated aims and objectives. To help guide the TBID in this pursuit Board sub-groups may be set up to encourage participation and help to add value to the decision making of the BID. Areas of focus may include Finance & Governance and Marketing.


The delivery of the BID’s business plan will be led by a Managing Director and their team, accountable to the Chairman and Board. The role will work with the Board and sub-group members, partners and specialist service providers to ensure the effective implementation of the agreed annual action plan.

Blackpool Council

A key relationship will exist between the TBID and the local Council. Blackpool Council is the main determining authority in respect of the streets and properties in the area of the BID. Two important legal agreements will exist between the TBID and the Council:

  • An Operating Agreement - which outlines how the TBID levy monies are collected, administered and passed over to the TBID.
  • A Baseline Agreement - which specifies the level of Council led service provision in the area, ensuring that any services the TBID provides are additional.

* To view the Operating Agreement and Baseline Agreement go to XXXXXXXXXX

Voluntary members

Businesses of all sizes are important to the TBID. The TBID will maintain a voluntary membership scheme for businesses falling beneath the TBID levy threshold or outside of the TBID's geographical area. In particular, this will provide smaller businesses the opportunity to engage with, and benefit from, the TBID, while not being compelled to contribute a mandatory levy. By enabling businesses with a rateable value of less than £10,000 to provide a voluntary levy the TBID will be able to enhance the level of the annual budget.

Property Owners

Property owners in the area will be encouraged to join the TBID on a voluntary basis and help inform the more longer-term objectives of the organisation. As set out in the membership criteria, membership will be on the basis of a financial contribution towards the overall management of the TBID or towards specific projects the TBID seeks to advance.

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