£500,000 over 5 years


We are using the collective power of FOR Cardiff ’s 700 members to reduce business running costs and have partnered with cost savings experts Meercat. Our cost saving service is FREE and can save you time and money on energy, telecoms, needle collection and much more.

There is no obligation and no hassle. Meercat’s team manage all supplier relationships, saving you time and avoiding costly mistakes. The best savings are achieved and renewals are never missed.

To start the process we simply arrange a meeting or call with you and Meercat. They will review your bills and update you on any savings identified. If you would like to progress with a saving, Meercat will help manage the termination process and set up new contracts.

This service is free to FOR Cardiff members and no commission is earned on the service, so all the financial savings found are yours. To find out more download the brochure here.


In partnership with Cardiff and Vale College, FOR Cardiff are pleased to offer the a wide range of training opportunities completely FREE of charge to our members. To find out which courses are available and what dates click here

The current course schedule is based on the results of consultation earlier this year, if you would like to see additional courses on offer please feel free to make a suggestion to the FOR Cardiff team.

To book your spot on any course please email – please be aware that although this training is free a £50 refundable deposit will be required to secure your place. Cancellations fewer than 48 hours before the training takes place will result in the loss of your deposit.


The Cardiff BID business plan committed to strengthening ties between education and business through training, as well as utilising our collective buying power to negotiate discounts. We have provided some training course spaces free of charge and these were very well received. Now we want to hear from you as to what training you would like to see. We are asking businesses to complete a survey which will evaluate which training courses businesses prioritise most – we will then look at delivering the courses with the highest demand.

The survey is available in English and Welsh and the closing date for completion is 11th August 2017,

Mystery Shopping

We are launching a mystery shopping project which will be a free opportunity for BID members to obtain objective feedback on their customer service. The businesses coming out on top of their sectors will be crowned winners at an award ceremony later in the year and training will be offered to businesses on the most common themes that need improvement. If you would like your business to be involved please email us to find out next steps.

For an example of the type of report you would receive after the assessment, click here.

Discounted rate on Park & Ride for BID businesses

To reduce traffic into the city and ensure commuting is more comfortable for staff and business owners we have teamed up with Cardiff Bus to offer our levy payers reduced costs on the East Park and Ride service. Get your exclusive pass for £450, that’s less than £2 a day for parking AND bus travel and helps free up invaluable parking and driving space in the city.

This is an exclusive offer to owners and employees of BID levy paying businesses – to find out if you are eligible for this discount or apply for your discounted parking pass please email

Castle Quarter Superfast Broadband Pilot Project

Cardiff is a modern city but in the Castle Quarter, out of date internet infrastructure is holding businesses back. Cardiff BID have invested £44,000 in upgrading the area to Superfast Broadband by Spring 2018. This commitment has allowed us to leverage a further £60,000 from BT delivering excellent value for money to levy payers.

Businesses in the following streets benefit from the Superfast Broadband project: Castle Street, Dukes Street, St Johns, Church Street, High Street, Quay Street, Womanby Street, Castle and High Street Arcades

If you have any questions about this please contact us.

Free Training 

As part of the Business Plan BID businesses were promised the ‘opportunity to benefit from training, research and academic opportunities’. We kick started this initiative with free training in First Aid and Conflict Resolution. This opportunity was taken up by over 10 businesses who were delighted with the qualifications their staff now have, at no cost to their businesses, because of the BID.

If there are training courses you would like the BID to facilitate at a reduced cost for your business, let us know on the contact us page and we’ll see what we can do!