Independent City

Independent businesses are a crucial point of difference for Nottingham’s retail and leisure offerings. We are committed to recognising and celebrating their vital contribution to the local economy through the dedicated Independent City stream of delivery.


The Nottingham BID has ring fenced fund of over £100,000 per year to support local independent businesses. An Independents Advisory Group has been formed to represent the sector and determine how this amount is spent each year. The group is chaired by BID director and independent business owner Geoff Williams, who, along with fellow independent business owner Jess Barnett, also represent the interests of independent businesses on the BID committee.



The Nottingham BID organises an annual initiative to promote the city’s independent businesses. The campaign aims to highlight and showcase the range of independents around the city to consumers.

This includes a competition to find Nottingham’s Best Independent, where the public can nominate their favourite businesses in different categories before they are independently judged.

Each year’s campaign includes an Independents Festival, where stages are set up at several key independent shopping destinations across the city.



Small Business Saturday is a national not-for-profit campaign that encourages people to go out and support small businesses in their communities on that day and all year round.

Nottingham BID works with shops and venues to display the Small Business Saturday poster or the Nottingham Independents logo and promote the campaign in order to try and persuade people to find these businesses, the unique and interesting products they sell and the services they provide.





If your business is within the BID area but under the BID threshold of £25,000 rateable value, then if you join as a Friend of the BID and pay the annual BID friend levy, then in addition to getting all the benefits of being a BID member, the BID will reimburse your annual Late Night Levy fee.

Click here to find out about becoming a Friend of the BID