About Oxted BID

About Oxted BID

The Oxted Business Improvement District (BID), also known as Love Oxted, was initiated in 2016.


A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area.

  • The benefits of BIDs are wide-ranging and include:
  • Businesses decide and direct what they want in their area
  • Businesses are represented and have a voice in issues affecting their trading area
  • BID levy money is ring-fenced for use only in the BID area
  • Increased footfall and spend
  • Improved staff retention
  • Reduced business costs
  • Enhanced marketing and promotion
  • Looking at infrastructure, pollution and movement 
  • Guidance in place shaping vision activities
  • Facilitated networking opportunities with neighbouring businesses
  • Assistance in dealing with the Council, Police and other public bodies

Key Bid Facts

In the UK, the majority of BIDs exist in town and city centres.

The BID mechanism allows for a large degree of flexibility and as a result BIDs can vary in shape and size.

The average size of a BID is 300-400 hereditaments, with some of the smallest having fewer than 50 hereditaments and the largest at over 1,000.
The Oxted BID is fairly small with around 160-170 levy paying members.


  • The OXTED BID incorporates all units in the town centre who have a rateable value and are in the defined area (the majority of Station Road East and Station Road West).
  • The BID is funded by businesses in the BID area who pay the equivalent of 2% of their Business Rates in the form of a levy.
  • The levy pays for the projects and ongoing activities as defined in the Business Plan and will be delivered over a five year period. See the Business Plan.
  • The current period, as voted in by a majority in 2021 will end or renew in 2026.

For an update on current activities being undertaken by the BID, download the latest newsletter below: