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. In the 2017 competition over 3,000 votes were cast.

Each year’s campaign culminates with the 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.




We retain employment law specialists Premier Legal to provide a free employment and HR advice service to independent business in the BID’s area as part of our commitment to them.

The firm provides a free telephone helpline for the businesses to call when they need employment or HR advice.  They also send them employment law updates and give them the opportunity to attend employment law seminars free of charge.



For those businesses that fall below our threshold of £25,000, the BID will pay their Late Night Levy. This ensures that all licensed premises within the area are competing on an equal footing and encourages the growth of independent leisure premises in Nottingham.