InExeter Invests
What is a BID?
Our 5 year plan
BID Area
Our Objectives
Further Links

InExeter Invests.

InExeter is moving from strength to strength, delivering events to encourage footfall, campaigns to promote the city, programmes to support business, initiatives to enhance our streets and running sessions to connect our member businesses. Over the last 5 years, InExeter is proud to have invested more than £2.4million in projects and services to support business and improve the city centre and we look forward to the next term 2020-2025 to further extend our work. Figures are relevant to 2015-2020 BID term.

  • £2.4 million invested over 5 years
  • Training courses attended by 376 members of staff from 65 businesses
  • Media coverage of more than £367,714 advertising equivalent value
  • £60,000 invested each Christmas in the lighting scheme
  • £58,000 supporting local community group events and activities over the last 5 years
  • More than 14,821 street cleaning tasks
  • 109 pieces of graffiti removed
  • More than 8,562 litter pick ups
  • 694 individual light installations across the city
  • 10,000 Eat & Drink Guide to Exeter printed each year
  • 12 chalets funded at the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market
Exeter Safe Space Evening Shot outside Exeter Library

What is a BID?.

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led and business-funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area. InExeter is an independent company run by businesses for the benefit of local businesses. The levy fund collected is invested directly back into the area.

Nationally, BIDs generate more than £750m, which is invested in delivering local initiatives and improvements over and above those mandated by local authorities. The Exeter BID comprises over 750 businesses, varying in sector, with the majority being retail and hospitality organisations. The Exeter BID was set up in 2015 and our current term runs 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2025.

InExeter is run by a Board of Directors representative of the size and sector of businesses across the city. The InExeter Board is a meeting from a cross-section of businesses in the city who provide strong governance, strategic direction and oversee the delivery of InExeter’s business plan.

Meet the team

InExeter’s 5 year plan.

InExeter collects a levy from all businesses and this collective fund is invested back into the city. Since it began in 2015, the BID has already played a key role in supporting businesses and promoting the city. As well as many local businesses in support, InExeter works closely with Exeter City Council, Exeter Chamber of Commerce, Devon County Council and many more community organisations.

The BID is voted in with a five-year business plan to deliver projects, events and schemes to promote and support businesses and to ensure that Exeter thrives with a vibrant high street. InExeter offers services to their members that are above what the city council offers, such as additional cleansing, planting and marketing campaigns. The InExeter team works hard to support all businesses, providing business engagement and projects to drive footfall.

Our Resources

InExeter BID Area.

The InExeter area covers 51 streets (either in whole or in part) across the heart of the city. A full list can be found in the Business Plan 2020-2025. The number of hereditaments as at August 2019 (for Ballot) was 668.

West Quarter
Magdalen Road
East Gate
Castle Street
InExeter BID Area Map

BID objectives.

We aim to transform Exeter for everyone who works, lives or visits here. InExeter businesses and stakeholders come together to set these development priorities. They form the basis of the Exeters BID plans. Our initiatives focus on four themes; Enhanced Environment, Safer Centre, Better Business and Distinctive Destination.

Attractive Streets

Memorable and all-inclusive experiences, including markets, events, and activities that celebrate our people and our place.

Evening Economy

Partnerships working together to make our city safer. Community engagement, home security grants, lighting, and more.

Supporting & Informing Business

Supporting and informing businesses via intuitive campaigns, training courses, waste collections, communications, vacancy rate and footfall data.


Promoting the area, making Exeter visible to everyone. Improvements to city welcome, streetscape, art, city dressing, placemaking and lights.

Our Projects