Independent City

Independent businesses are a crucial point of difference for Nottingham’s retail and leisure offerings. One survey indicated that Nottingham has more independent businesses than all but one other UK city outside of London. We are committed to recognising and celebrating their vital contribution to the local economy and have a ring fenced fund of over £100,000 per year exclusively for supporting independent businesses.



A new Independents Advisory Group representing all independents has been formed to recommend how this fund is spent each year. The group is chaired by Geoff Williams, an independent business owner who also represents the interests of the sector on the BID Committee.


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In line with the events we put on every year, we are also committed to incorporating a bespoke independent aspect to each campaign to highlight the variety and quality of Nottingham’s independent offer.




Every year we will deliver a bespoke marketing campaign based on the incredibly diverse independent offering of the city. This will build on the independent campaigns we have delivered in the past, including the competition which gives all independents the chance to be crowned It’s in Nottingham ‘Independent Business of the Year’.


Late Night Exemption

Late Night Levy Exemption

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