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The BID Foundation is open to new Members and we continue to grow a diverse group of Business Improvement Districts, of differing sizes and maturity, from around the UK.


Benefits of Membership

Find out more about the benefits of joining The BID Foundation:

A trusted and authoritative voice for BIDs

  • Be part of a national community that is an impartial and authoritative voice for BIDs

  • A trusted and respected brand, and guiding voice, to support your work with levy payers

  • Established relationships with national and regional government policy leads on BIDs

  • Showcase your BID’s work to national and international audiences

  • Add TBF branding to your BID marketing collateral, certifying your BID as a member


Support for you and your BID sector, to help improve value delivered to your stakeholders

  • Access to regular webinars and events, bespoke support in conversation with our team, and the latest briefings, policy updates, and insight into good practice

  • Free access to the Journal of Place Management and Development, one of the world’s top ranked journals for urban studies as well as access to Institute research and other place management resources.

  • Opportunities to participate in research programmes bringing insight to your BID

  • Access to discounts to conferences and events provided by the IPM and associated partners


Support for you and your team's professional development

  • Automatic membership of the Institute of Place Management, the international professional body, that supports people committed to making better places

  • Have your  skills and knowledge recognised by the use of professional designatory letters (AIPM / MIPM / FIPM)

  • Discounted fees for professional development courses including the MSc in Place Management and Leadership, postgraduate certificates, diplomas and masterclasses


Quality marking of BIDs and BID consultants to elevate standards, accountability and transparency

  • Adopt the TBF BID standards and kitemark, demonstrating your professionalism and ability to deliver

  • Work with TBF and its Council to understand and evolve industry standards, working to highlight good practice and address industry needs


An impartial and collegiate community for BIDs that will enable the development of both shared and individual expertise and effectiveness

  • A supportive peer network which you can bring questions to and gain confidence from, so that running your own BID becomes a less isolated role


How to join

There is a simple application process to join The BID Foundation, and our Members pay an annual fee which varies depending on the levy income of your BID. A wide-scale consultation of the industry identified that those with a higher levy should take more responsibility and pay more to be involved.

> Download the application form

> View the table of fees below

Individual Membership of IPM included

BID membership also brings associate membership of the Institute of Place Management for a select number of your staff and/or Board Directors. By becoming associate members of the IPM, you will have full access to the professional development services the Institute provides and be entitled to have your individual skills and knowledge recognised by the use of professional designatory letters recognising their status as Associate.

Individuals can apply to upgrade their individual IPM membership (at no extra cost) to Member, Fellow or Senior Fellow within the Institute. (Find out more - contact us)

Membership fees

Levy income

Membership Fee

Membership Access

Under £250k


Organisational membership and 1 named individual membership

£250k - £500k


Organisational membership and two named individual memberships



Organisational membership and four named individual memberships

£750k - £1million


Organisational membership and six named individual memberships

£1 million plus


Organisational membership and 11 named individual memberships


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