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Area Action Groups | Group Insurance Scheme | Who to Contact | Board of Directors | FAQ

As a member of Dublin City Business Improvement District, you may already be aware of the events, initiatives and programmes we organise with businesses in our area .  We are dedicated to creating an attractive, clean and safe Dublin City BID area to benefit our members customers and staff.  We are also committed to bringing as many customers into Dublin City Centre as possible through our marketing and events activity.

Working together with our members is vital to ensure that we continue to deliver programmes which directly make a difference to your business, your street and the area overall.  We welcome discussion with all members of the BID area and ask that if there is anything at all you would like to raise with us, please contact


Area Action Groups

Dublin City BID hold regular area meetings with our members to update local businesses on our progress and new initiatives. This also gives the BID an opportunity to get valuable feedback on our operations and to get your input. The Area Action Groups take place bi-monthly under the following themes:

Safety and Security, Look and Feel, Marketing and Branding

Times and locations will be confirmed via email in the weeks prior to each meeting. To ensure you are on the Dublin City BID mailing list please email Gerard Farrell at or Kathryn Ryan at with your details.

We invite all members to attend these meetings and please confirm your attendance to Gerard or Kathryn. You can  also let us know if you are interesting in hosting a meeting.

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Group Insurance Scheme

As a business representative group we are acutely aware of the financial difficulties facing many of our members.  As a result we are keen to introduce schemes that will save businesses money by using our combined economic muscle for the benefit of our members.

As part of this programme we recently introduced a group Insurance Scheme that offers members savings of up to 20% on their insurance premiums. The scheme is managed by First Ireland Insurance Brokers who are one of the largest brokers in Ireland. In addition to the savings available, First Ireland have committed to re-investing circa 5% of all premium income back into the Business Improvement District through promotional and sponsorship programmes. The deal with First Ireland also gives Business Improvement District members access to free, independent, expert advice on a range of financial and insurance-related matters

A 60 per cent take-up for the group scheme would save €1.2 million for members. According to new research, members of the city centre Business Improvement District spend an estimated €10 million on business insurance premiums every year. Members expect this to rise even further, as premium increases are being sought at a time of tough trading conditions

Our partnership with First Ireland is a significant milestone because it demonstrates how businesses can achieve substantial cost savings when their collective economic muscle is used to strike a bargain. Dublin City Business Improvement District aims to apply this model across other cost categories in the near future.

To obtain a quote please email or call Connor Lyons on 01 882 0838.

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Who to Contact

General Queries:
Dublin City Centre BID Company, Level 1, Ulysses House, 22-24 Foley Street, Dublin 1
Tel: 01 633 4680

Dublin City BID CEO, Richard Guiney – email
Director of Marketing & Communications, Clyde Carroll – email
Marketing & Communications Manager, Kathryn Ryan – email
Operations Manager, Gerard Farrell – email
Accountant, Padraic Gaffney – email
Glendenning Lane Security Gate, AGuard Security Services : +353 1-281 2132 / +353 87-2228737

For queries relating to the cleanliness of the lane, please contact the Dublin City BID office on 01-6334680.
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Board of Directors

Paul Cadden, Saba
Colm Carroll, Carroll’s Gifts & Souvenirs
Andrew Diggins (chairman), Chartered Land
Greg Devitt, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre
Tony Flynn, Dublin City Council
Noel Flynn, Fielding Flynn and Associates
Steve Gamble, Brown Thomas
Andrew Henning, The Westin
Ray Hernan, Arnotts
Charlie Lowe , Dublin City Council
Lorcan Lynch, The Flowing Tide
Cllr. Ray McAdam, Dublin City Council
Derek Mc Donnell, Jervis Shopping Centre
Andrew Murray, Penneys
Ruth Ní Lionsigh, Om Diva
James Nugent, Lisney
Cllr. Maria Parodi, Dublin City Council
Cathal Young, Cathal N. Young, O’Reilly & Co.

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What is a BID or Business Improvement District?
A BID or Business Improvement District is a business-led and business-funded body formed to improve a defined commercial geographic area. The concept of BIDS (Business Improvement District Schemes) originated in North America in the 1970s and they have been in existence in the UK since 2003 as a proven mechanism for effective town centre management.

BIDS are formed following consultation with businesses in a defined area. After this process a ballot takes place in which businesses vote on a proposal or business plan for their area based on the developmental requirements of the area as well as the needs and wants of the businesses contained within it.

What is Dublin City BID?
Legislation for Dublin City BID, the first BID in Ireland, was passed in 2006.  The proposed plan for the area was endorsed in November 2007 and operations began in March 2008.  The BID operates under a 5 year mandate to develop and promote the economic advancement of Dublin city centre.  Our goal is to position Dublin city centre as the location of choice for shopping, leisure and business.  Dublin City BID works on behalf of the 2,000 businesses in the area to create an attractive, welcoming, vibrant and economic successful space for Dublin city.

Who are Dublin City BID’s members?
We have 2,000 members across the core of Dublin city centre.  Our members include every retailer, restaurant, hotel and service organisation in the defined BID area.

Click here for a map of the BID area

To confirm whether you are part of Dublin City BID, please contact Clyde Carroll

What area does Dublin City BID cover?
The Dublin City BID area spans approximately 2.5km, running from Stephens Green to Parnell Square and from Capel Street to Amiens Street on the northside of the city and Dawson Street to South Great Georges Street on the southside of the city.  The area is made up of 115 streets just under 4,000 buildings and 2,500 members.

Can businesses opt in to become a members of Dublin City BID?

Businesses outside the agreed area of the BID cannot choose to become members of the scheme. Our membership and the range of services that we offer are limited to the defined geographical area of the BID.

Can businesses opt out of Dublin City BID?
All businesses situated within the Dublin City BID area are automatically members of the BID as a result of the vote taken in 2007.

Why are Business Improvement Districts required?
Business Improvement Districts support the long-term sustainability of town and city centres. This support is needed because town and city centres have been under increasing pressure since the development of out of town shopping centres and the over-provision of retail space in suburbs.  Business Improvement Districts enable town and city centres to approach the management of the trading environment / public space in a proactive and planned way which allows them gain and retain competitive advantage over the managed environment of shopping centres.  Business Improvement Districts provide funding for the functions of town centre management, e.g. cleaning, marketing, Christmas lights, and ensure that everyone who benefits from these services share the cost. They also provide equality in ensuring that everyone who benefits shares the cost.

Business Improvement Districts are about joined-up thinking.  The collective voice of a specific area is louder than several small voices.  By bringing businesses within the area together, we can represent the needs of the city centre.

How is Dublin City BID funded?
As agreed in the original ballot voted in by the majority of businesses in the Business Improvement District, Dublin City BID is funded by its members. Each member pays a BID levy which in turn is pooled and used to fund the range of schemes and projects that Dublin City BID organises on behalf of its members.  The levy is based upon 4% of the rateable valuation of the property.

What do I receive in return for my levy?
Business Improvement District members benefit from a range of services across the three core areas of focus as agreed in our mandate. The primary objective is to increase the number of customers coming into the city.  We aim to achieve this by (1) creating a welcoming city (2) ensuring a sense of security in our city and (3) implementing a marketing campaign that promotes the city centre as the destination of choice for work, shopping and leisure.

We provide supplementary street cleaning throughout the BID area, including a rapid response service and we have removed 13,000m2 of graffiti from our members’ buildings. Our team of 12 Visitor Assistants and our Information Kiosks provide information to approximately 250,000 visitors and Dubliners alike.  We also provide Christmas lights throughout the city, flower planters and hanging baskets on streets in our area.

Our members benefit from being part of a wider collective economic voice of 2,500 businesses when Dublin City BID represents their interests on issues facing the city centre. Through active lobbying and petitioning we ensure our members’ voices are heard.  This collective economic muscle also allows us negotiate preferential rates on products and services for our members.  For example, the Dublin City BID insurance scheme offers members savings of up to 20% on their insurance premia.  The scheme also reinvests a proportion of the fund back in our area for further development and promotion.

The marketing programme we implement on behalf of our members serves to promote the city centre and develop increased custom for the businesses in our area.  Throughout the year our events calendar promotes Dublin city centre as the retail, business and leisure location of choice.

Can I veiw BID’s financial statements?
Members can view yearly financial statements below.

2008 Financial Statement
2009 Financial Statement
2010 Financial Statement
2011 Financial Statement
2012 Financial Statement

How does an area become a Business Improvement District?

  • Businesses will identify the area and the issues affecting it and put together a proposal which should include delivery guarantees, performance indicators and management structure.
  • Business Improvement District proposals are voted on by the non-domestic rate payers who will be responsible for paying the BID levy. Businesses must vote in favour of becoming a Business Improvement District in order for it to be established.
  • The vote is carried out via postal ballot conducted by the local authority.
  • A Business Improvement District’s mandate is for a maximum of 5 years. A Business Improvement District wishing to continue beyond 5 years must reaffirm their mandate through another ballot, based on a further proposal.

Can any member of the Business Improvement District get involved in Dublin City BID programmes?
As a BID member, you are entitled to participate in all programmes, initiatives and events being organised by the Business Improvement District.  We welcome opportunities to work with our members in any way possible. We are also interested in speaking with organisations or individuals who would like to partner with us.  If you would like to get involved in any of our initiatives or require any more information, please contact the team on 01-6334680 or email us at

As a member of the Business Improvement District can I put forward ideas to be included in the BID plan?
Yes, we encourage all members to submit ideas, proposals or changes that they would like to see in the Business Improvement District. For further information please contact the team on 01-6334680 or email us at


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