The Organisation

Colmore Business District (CBD) is a business improvement district (BID) established to project manage improvements and services to the business quarter of Birmingham. A BID is a defined geographical area within which local businesses collaborate to invest in projects, services and initiatives which improve the environment in which they work. BIDs deliver additional services to those provided by the local authority and police; these projects and services are the result of business investment in the area.

Colmore BID is principally financed through a 1% levy on the rateable value paid by a business. The levy applies to businesses with a rateable value of £10,000 or above and levies are capped at £25,000.

The BID company is a not-for profit and democratically elected company; levy paying businesses within the defined area vote on objectives set out in a proposal and, providing there is a ‘Yes’ majority vote, the company will run for a five-year term. At the end of the term, businesses will have the opportunity to vote again.

Colmore BID’s first term ran from 1st April 2009 to 31st March 2014. The BID secured a resounding Yes vote in its re-ballot for a second five-year term from April 2014. Those in favour made up 94% of the turnout by number and 96% of the aggregate rateable value represented by those voting. The turnout was 61%, one of the highest for a BID renewal ballot in the country. The BID’s second term commenced on 1st April 2014 and will run to 31st March 2019.


Colmore BID has a board of non-executive directors made up of representatives from across the District, which reflect the composition of business types and sectors in the area. CBD also has stakeholder directors from Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police and Centro.

To find out more about each director click here.


Here are some of Colmore BID’s projects and activities that have taken place over the past few years.



CBD is well serviced with bus routes connecting the District to the rest of Birmingham.  Bus stops are situated near to Snow Hill Station and adjacent to St Philips Cathedral on Colmore Row. For more information, including tickets, maps, timetables and Real Time Information which lets you know exactly when your bus is due, please visit:
Network West Midlands


Snow Hill Station, located in the heart of the CBD on Colmore Row, provides both rail and Midland Metro tram links into the District.

The Metro runs from Wolverhampton through the Black Country to Snow Hill Station, with a total journey time of 35 minutes.  Midland Metro operates seven days a week with a turn up and go eight minute frequency during the day and 15 minute frequency during the evenings and Sundays. For further information, including tickets, maps and timetables, please visit:
Network West Midlands


Snow Hill Station, managed by London Midland, operates train services throughout the heart of England, connecting London, the Midlands and the North West.  During peak times, trains from London to Snow Hill Station are every 20 minutes.  For more details, including tickets, timetables and the interactive rail map, which advises passengers of live departures, arrivals, incidents and station information, please visit:

Network West Midlands
London Midland


Arriving at either New Street Station or Moore Street Station? No need to get a taxi, the Colmore Business District is just a short distance on foot.

For help planning your route including information on the fastest route, calorie burn and carbon saving, please visit the urban walking route planner