ABOUT

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 local authority; 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 commenced in April 2009 and is due for completion in 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 will run from April 2014 to March 2019.

DIRECTORS

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.

PROJECTS

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

Colmore Square Enhancement

Colmore Square Enhancement

Colmore Business District (CBD) has completed its latest project to make long-term improvements to the public space in Birmingham’s business quarter by delivering the enhanced Colmore Square.
Safety Improvements to Cathedral Square

Safety Improvements to Cathedral Square

Colmore Business District (CBD) has been instrumental in facilitating major safety improvements to the square outside Birmingham Cathedral, in partnership with Amey and Birmingham Police.
Film Bug 2014

Film Bug 2014

Colmore Business District (CBD) teamed up with Flatpack Film Festival for a third year running to present Film Bug, a mini festival of film.
Livery Street Wall Art Project

Livery Street Wall Art Project

An art project to enhance Livery Street Wall, situated in a location regarded as a gateway to Birmingham’s commercial quarter Colmore Business District (CBD), is nearing completion.
CBD’s Music Takeover

CBD’s Music Takeover

Colmore Business District (CBD) is to host its first ever ‘Music Takeover’ festival on 12th and 13th September, which will see a range of music talent entertain city professionals in Birmingham’s commercial quarter.
CBD Food Festival 2013

CBD Food Festival 2013

The CBD Food Festival was back for a third year in 2013, taking place on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July in Victoria Square.
Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival

Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival

The outdoor spaces of Colmore Business District (CBD) were once again brought to life with live music, as the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival came to the District in July.
CBD Community Games

CBD Community Games

Colmore Business District is holding its second annual Community Games event on 26th July with England Hockey, British Rowing and Canoe England.
Police Community Support Officer in CBD

Police Community Support Officer in CBD

Colmore Business District (CBD) is working with West Midlands Police in an innovative partnership arrangement aimed at reducing crime, anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime in Birmingham`s business quarter.
Bollywood Dance Workshops in CBD

Bollywood Dance Workshops in CBD

In celebration of 100 years of Bollywood, Colmore Business District partnered with Sampad to provide three free of charge outdoor Bollywood dance workshops on Wednesday 12th June in Snow Hill Station Square.
Findings – Photography Exhibition

Findings – Photography Exhibition

Colmore Business District’s Findings photography exhibition, in partnership with the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District and Library of Birmingham, was out on Church Street Square and St Paul's Square from April to July 2013.
Colmore Chorus

Colmore Chorus

Colmore Business District's choir, formed in partnership with Birmingham Opera Company, is made up of professionals working in and around the District.
Film Bug 2013

Film Bug 2013

Colmore Business District's mini film festival in partnership with Flatpack
Interconnect Birmingham

Interconnect Birmingham

Interconnect Birmingham, a major new wayfinding system has been installed in Colmore Business District and the city more widely.

GETTING TO COLMORE BUSINESS DISTRICT

Bus

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

Metro

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

Rail

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

Foot

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