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southend City bid


over 7 million people a year visit Southend 

Welcome to the Southend city BID website, here for you - our bid businesses

We're here to make Southend your city, with every penny raised invested in creating a strong trading environment that visitors want to return to again and again. Here you can learn about us and our current projects, and stay up-to-date with all the latest news regarding Southend city centre.

Over the past decade, Southend City BID has delivered a range of projects, based on the priorities of businesses, which have created a strong platform for growth. The BID has brought together businesses in the city and empowered them, giving them more of a say in the City’s development and management strategy.

The BID has also worked hard to ensure Southend is a safe and welcoming place to visit at any time through projects such as the Street Rangers, Purple Flag scheme and supporting cleanliness through anti-litter campaigns and litter picks. We have listened to the priorities of businesses and our ambition for the third term is to build a better City by working with partners to capitialise on the opportunities that City status will provide.  ​This website gives details about the services that businesses in Southend voted for.

Download the 2023-2028 Business Plan.

working exclusively for

bid businesses

Southend City BID continues to help your business succeed by…



Driving footfall into the city through our own and sponsored events, and collaboration Visit Southend.


dwell times

Working directly for you to increase dwell times in the city. It’s then over to you to convert these visits into sales.

commercially attractive


Helping to make Southend 

a great place for you and

your staff to live, work, play

and invest.




We broker  trustworthy partnerships for you with the local authority and the private sector.

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