As Preston City Council launched their 2017 calendar of events this month, Preston Business Improvement District (BID) have launched their 2017 survey – whilst sharing some pretty uplifting statistics from last year’s feedback.

The aim of BID’s annual survey is to seek what we in Preston think & want. This then feeds through and helps shape events across the city centre. In 2016, the BID team were responsible for co-ordinating a range of activities varying from the Lancashire Markets to the Christmas Lights Switch On.

Questions featuring in BID’s survey cover everything from shopping & leisure to travel & safety.

‘The BID has daily dialogue with businesses to shape the work we do on their behalf’, says Mark Whittle, from BID. ‘In order for the city centre to continue to grow and improve, it’s vital that we take a sounding from visitors too. Feedback gathered from the survey will assist us, and other city centre stakeholders, in ensuring Preston remains an attractive place to visit, work & invest’.

Results from the 2016 General Public Survey showed:

  • an unprecedented number of people thought Preston was a ‘safe place’ to visit.
  • 81% of those who previously completed the survey confirmed that BID’s campaigns & events were of ‘significant value to the city’.

The latest survey will remain active until March 31st 2017 – with respondents being entered in to a draw to win £100 to spend in the city centre.


One example of the activities Preston at Night (BID) do for Preston's nightlife. Photo credits: www.prestonatnight.co.uk

One example of the activities Preston BID do for Preston’s nightlife – Preston At Night & Purple Flag celebratory events. Photo credit: prestonatnight.co.uk


Separate to BID, is Preston City Council, who also organise cultural events in the city – be careful not to confuse the two; BID’s activities are funded by city centre businesses (they’re specifically here to attract visitors and promote the city)

That said, last week, the Town Hall shared a sneak peak of what the Council has planned for 2017 – their line-up of activities include everything from evenings of live music in the Harris Museum on Wednesdays throughout February & March (£6 entry) to a series of giant Easter egg art installations across the city in April. The Council also confirmed that the Caribbean Carnival will be returning in 2017 & that there’s a series of events planned for Moor Park to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the park.

For more information about events being organised by the Council, click here.

To find out what’s happening with Preston BID, click here – or here for their Preston at Night website.


To complete the annual survey and give your thoughts & feedback to BID regarding their events (and Preston as a whole), click here.