Supporting you and your business through recovery.

Welcome to Central District Alliance

The Business Improvement District comprising of Holborn, Clerkenwell, Farringdon, Bloomsbury, and St Giles.

We are a collective voice of over 400 organisations, representing a highly diversified commercial and cultural base of creative, educational, legal, medical, professional, scientific, and technological brands of global significance – generating a contribution to London’s GVA second only to the city. Prioritising sustainability, destination modelling, business solutions, public realm, and placemaking within our district.

About Us

Central District Alliance is the place to be for businesses. From heritage to housing, law to lifestyle, food, and drink to future technology – we are diverse, innovative and we lead the way. Together we think big, do things differently and raise our profile to attract success.

We’re a mix of heritage, culture, and creativity. Our streets are steeped in history and filled with life. Explore everything from delicious restaurants at Tottenham Court Road and St Giles to ancient history at the British Museum, through to innovative design at Farringdon, and local markets at Cow Cross Yards.

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Where ideas meet action

What We Are Doing

Central District Alliance Business Improvement District leads economic development and profile building for our business community by being their collective voice. CDA has been able to be a voice for businesses, through our engagement with Mayor Sadiq Khan, Central Government, Local Authorities, Transport for London, charities, and external stakeholders.

For example, CDA has provided hospitality and retail venues the opportunity to express their concerns and how they have adapted and will continue to do so during COVID-19.

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There are many challenges our businesses and London as a whole will have to navigate, with a combined effort from both the public and private sectors, we can and surely must shape the sort of recovery we want to see. 

Alexandar Jan, Chairman of Central District Alliance

Resources & Footfall

Central District Alliance produces great resources for our members including monthly footfall reporting, podcasts, and interviews. The BID is continuously updating our website with information about topics that are important to our businesses. 

Our monthly footfall reporting is split between Holborn and Clerkenwell. This is so member businesses can see the footfall for their particular area.

If members wish for bespoke information such as transport, business churn, and vacancy rate data, please get in touch with one of our team members at

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Whats On...

News & Events

26 May 2022

CDW Conversations at Clerkenwell: Future London

Central District Alliance will be hosting a panel event looking at the Future of London. The panel will explore the interplay between people, community, and place. Click below to book your space!

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24 May 2022

CDA supports Clerkenwell Design Week 2022

Clerkenwell Design Week returns with a rich heritage and new vivacity. CDW have created a vibrant, contemporary identity that honours Clerkenwell’s cultural history while championing its new wave of design. Click below to check out the full programme! 24-26 May 2022

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19 May 2022

CDA hosted Foreign Press Association on the opening of the Elizabeth Line

Central District Alliance and Hatton Garden Business Improvement District hosted an event with Transport for London, attended by members of the Foreign Press Association in London.

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16 May 2022

Commentary on the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill by CDA CEO

CDA Chief Executive comments on the second reading of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill.

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16 May 2022

On London: Red Clerkenwell Green

Advocates of progressive change have gathered on this spot since the 14th century.

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10 May 2022

CDA CEO Debbie Akehurst comments on the Queen's Speech

This week the government has formally set out its legislative agenda for the next parliamentary session. As I reflect on what this means for our business community, it is a moment to ensure we work together, champion Central London and ensure economic recovery is at the heart of this programme.

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