Bid Ballot

One city

One vision

One purpose

One Newcastle

NE1 exists to serve the city's businesses and create the best possible commercial environment for them to trade in. 

Every five years NE1 ballots its 1,400 members, the businesses of Newcastle, and this ballot began on 22nd September, and ends on 19th October at 5pm.

It is the businesses of the city that will collectively decide whether to continue supporting NE1 and deliver a mandate for another five-year term. We sincerely hope you will support us by voting 'Yes'.

Doing so will secure the continuation of the projects and work NE1 has so far delivered including our Street Rangers, Rapid Response Clean Team, annual events calendar, pop-up parks and artistic installations, and our lobbying of local, regional, and national government on behalf of businesses of the city. 

It will also ensure the delivery over a fourth term of ambitious new projects set out in our Business Plan, including significant investment in the retail core and Quayside, as well as place-based interventions in the myriad of unique districts of the city centre.

Our Business Plan for the five-year term running 2024 - 29 is available now and you can download a copy below. This Business plan outlines our key priorities and areas of focus over the next term and has been heavily influenced by extensive consultation with NE1 businesses throughout this year.

If you are a business in the BID area with a rateable value of £20,000 P/A or more you should have received your ballot papers from Newcastle City Council on or before 22nd September and it is essential that you sign and return these before 5pm on Thursday October 19th 2023. 

Please fill in all the ballot papers you receive; if you have more than one rateable unit, you will have more than one vote.

If you have any questions concerning Newcastle NE1, or the ballot process, or if your papers do not arrive or are mislaid, please email our Chief Executive at, or call him on 0191 235 7092.

Our extensive consultation with our BID members, both locally and nationally over recent months, and our consumer and business research, has resulted in a set of key themes for our next BID term, 2024 - 2029. They are:

Stronger voice for business

Lobbying on behalf of businesses on strategic and operational issues that make a big difference for them in the short, medium, and long term

A city open for business

Improving national and regional access and links to the city, as well as parking and public transport provision

Getting the basics right

Ensuring that the experience of staff, customers and clients is as good as it can possibly be, and that the city feels safe and looks clean

Curating the experience

Providing operational assistance and support for businesses whilst celebrating the different and unique areas of the city


Delivering, facilitating, or partnering with events which drive footfall and spend, and raise perceptions of the city


Delivering heavyweight marketing campaigns as well as comprehensive digital and social media marketing support for the city's businesses

Playing to our place-based strengths

Celebrating the myriad of districts that add depth to the experience of living in, working in, and visiting the city

Key dates

Notice of Ballot and Business Plan issued: 6th September 2023

Ballot opens: 22nd September 2023

Ballot closes: 5pm - 19th October 2023

Renewal term: 1st April 2024 - 31st March 2029 (5 years)

BID Ballot Documentation

NE1 Business Plan 2024 - 29


NE1 Business Plan 2024-29 Executive Summary


Map of the NE1 BID area


List of Streets in the BID Area


Levy Rules and Ballot Alteration Rules


Newcastle NE1 - Intention to Hold Ballot - 05 06 23


Newcastle NE1 - Letter to Instruct Ballot Holder - 31 08 23


Memorandum and Articles of Association


NE1 Baseline Agreement


NE1 Operating Agreement


Northumbria Police Service Level Agreement


NE1 work all year round across the city to add value for our businesses

Whilst they may seem disparate, all of our projects are designed to improve conditions for business in the city centre. From ensuring the city looks its best every day, to hosting events of national and international significance, or lobbying the higher levels of government, everything NE1 does is focused on ensuring Newcastle takes its rightful place as one of the finest cities in which to live, work, and visit. 

For more detailed information on all of our projects click the button below.

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