BUSINESS leaders are being sought to join Salisbury Business Improvement District’s (BID) board of directors.

Salisbury BID is the business improvement district for the city centre and is one of the 320 BIDs in the country.

The BID is funded by more than 500 business members who are located within the ring road of Salisbury city centre.

Businesses with a rateable value of £10,000 or above pay into the Salisbury BID through an annual levy, with funds amounting to £350,000 per year. These funds are allocated to projects and services which support the business environment.

Salisbury BID was elected in 2014 and was renewed for a second five-year term earlier this year.

Following the renewal, the BID says it is “embarking on a period of change” which includes a review of the board of directors, who will steer the BID through its second term.

The board will be made up of 11 business representatives, and applications to join the board are now open.

Salisbury BID says it is “keen for its board to reflect the city’s diversity and welcomes applications from everyone, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality, faith or disability”, adding: “The BID is actively seeking diverse applications.”

A BID director is a voluntary position, and those wishing to apply must be a Salisbury BID levy-paying business to apply.

The role of a BID director is to provide governance for the BID company, provide strategic leadership to support the local business environment and to support the BID’s staff team.

To arrange to have an informal conversation about the role of a BID director, contact Salisbury BID’s chief executive Robin McGowan by emailing

To apply to become a BID director, visit for more information.

Applications close on Friday, September 27. Successful candidates and the new board of directors will be decided at the BID’s annual general meeting in November.