Your Questions and Answers

Our status as a Business Improvement District

A BID is a business-led and business-funded body formed to improve a defined geographical area, in our case Brackmills Industrial Estate in Northampton. BIDs charge a levy to local businesses in return for providing services over and above the usual council provision.
There are now over 330 BIDs in the UK and the BID concept has become a well-established model for town, city centre and industrial estate regeneration. A BID can only be formed following consultation and a ballot in which businesses vote on a proposal or business plan for the area.
BIDs must go through a ballot process to secure another term of up to five years.


How many years has Brackmills BID been in operation?

In March 2024 Businesses on Brackmills Industrial Estate voted YES to another five years of Business Improvement District (BID) status. Brackmills has had BID status since 2009 and is one of the UK's most successful BIDs. Read all about Brackmills status as a BID, including 15 years of highlights, HERE.


What are the priorities for Brackmills BID in 2024-2029?

The 2024-2029 five-year Brackmills BID, in place from June 2024, has the following objectives:

  • Infrastructure: To provide a great infrastructure and a smart working environment for businesses to operate and people and services to access and move around, safely and effectively. 
  • Crime Prevention and Safety: To work closely with the Police and others to maintain a safe and secure working environment for freight transport, all vehicles, customers and people who work on the estate. 
  • Environment and Sustainability: To provide a smart, tidy and safe environment and focus on sustainability, exploring options for electric vehicle charging points – supporting businesses on their low carbon journeys. 
  • Supporting Businesses and People: To continue to support businesses on Brackmills to grow and develop, ensuring a great working environment in which people can thrive.

Read the BID's 2024-2029 Business Plan HERE.


Contacts and useful links

I'd like to arrange a meeting with the BID team, how do I do this?

The BID's CEO is Sara Homer. We also have a dedicated Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Paul Hurst and a team of voluntary board directors - largely made up of representatives from across the estate. To arrange a meeting with any of the team please email [email protected], tell us a little about your query and we will do our best to be in touch within 48 hours.


How do I report issues such as potholes and fly-tipping on Brackmills?

To report issues such as potholes click HERE
For environmental issues including litter & fly tipping click HERE.