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A Business Improvement District (BID) is a local, democratically elected organisation that focuses on delivering specific improvements needed by local business in a defined area. BIDs invest in and deliver projects to improve the local trading environment, drive down business costs and raise the area profile. BIDs are led and controlled by business; they are independent, not-for-profit organisations with ring-fenced resources and finances.

The projects are funded by raising finance, principally, through a levy. The levy is an investment by businesses into a BID pot of money apportioned according to business needs. Businesses direct spend and are given a voice to shape the BID. We encourage our BID members to focus on their sector, street and overall vision to improve Newry City.

The Newry BID levy has been set at 1.5% which is applied to the rateable value or NAV of the property.

A BID operates for five years. Throughout the term the BID is accountable to its levy-paying businesses and must demonstrate how it makes a difference.

After five years a re-ballot must be held to enable the BID to continue.

Eamonn Connolly

Christine McElvanna

JMK Solicitors

Peter Murray


Celine McKenna


Ciara Aiken

Best Property Services

Cathal Austin

The Quays

Tracy Rice

Southern Regional College

Carole King

Newry Omniplex

Patrick Murdock

Capsure Tax

Ryan Sheppard

Clanrye Lighting

Martin McEvoy


David Og Downey

The Bank Bar

Brendan Jackson

Newry Credit Union

Louise Young

Canal Court Hotel

Tom Sarsfield


Graeme Finegan

Finegan and Sons

Orla Hayes

Canal Court Hotel

Rory Murphy

Jack Murphy Jewellers

Eimear Cleland