THIS MONTHS Bb ROUND-UP FROM DR JULIE GRAIL
Engaging Locally but Thinking Strategically
Isn’t this a key mantra of the Business Improvement District (BID) movement? We ensure real engagement at local level with those who will be asked to ‘invest’ in their local area whilst ensuring a strong strategic leadership approach is adopted. Well as the dynamics around public funding and responsibilities change much more of this type of approach is emerging. The Massive Small project, being developed by Smart Urbanism is one such example. It formally launches on 9th September, when they will be rallying the Massive Small network around and fundraising to publish and globally distribute the Massive Small Compendium, a manual for change, crowd sourced over five years with the best thinking in urban design. Meanwhile the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) are picking up on some earlier Creative Gatherings work, hosting an initial seminar in September to look at the changing dynamics of delivery.
Latest Ballot Results
BID ballot activity is notoriously quiet during the month of August given the fact it is holiday season. We do however have two results to report from the very end of July that missed last month’s Insight. Lichfield achieved a very good yes result with a turnout of 45%; majority by number of 79%; and a majority by RV of 83%. Lifford sadly failed at ballot with a turnout of 36%; majority by number of 45%; and majority by RV of 57%. Both of these recent ballots were supported by the BID Loan Fund therefore seeing the first failure out of the fund. To date, 17 locations have been supported by the Loan Fund that is run by British BIDs on behalf of the Government, with five successful (Bermondsey, Hereford, Sheffield, Heart of London PO BID, Lichfield) out of a total of six ballots so far.
Autumn is always a busy time for ballots as the lead-in time from September launch through to October ballot fits well around other critical dates. Coming up in September is a first ballot for Beddington (Industrial) and Northern Ireland Belfast One a renewal ballot for Beeston. Looking forward towards October there are first ballots planned for Abingdon, Watford, Keighley, Altrincham, Bromley, Purley, Runcorn and Scotland St Andrews with a renewal planned for Bath.
In the News
From the operational to the strategic, there continue to be great BID projects being showcased in the media across the country. This month has seen stories of a new Foodie Fortnight in Worcester; an Alice in Sunderland Festival celebrating Lewis Carroll’s characters who were inspired in the city of Sunderland; and a new free Shopper Shuttle in Swindon. Meanwhile, whilst the permitted development right issue continues to challenge many towns and cities, the matter is of even greater significance in some of our industrial areas and in this case Manor Royal; Colmore in Birmingham demonstrates its strategic leadership approach through the launch of a new Property Owner and Agents’ Forum; and Aberdeen’s Place Shaping activity is demonstrated through this years’ investment of £1.6m across the city with support from the Council and other voluntary contributors.
Our Bb Annual Conference is Shaping Up
We have now announced two sponsors – Blachere Illumination and Foundation Recruitment; and four speakers – Sir Howard Bernstein, Deborah Owen Ellis Clark, Simon Loomes and Andy Godfrey for our forthcoming Annual Conference on 5th November in Canary Wharf. A series of masterclasses are being developed, the details of which will also be announced soon.
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Do you have a BID Soap Box Topic?
For those of you who are regulars at our Annual Industry Conference, you will know what the BID Soap Box entails! As the name suggests, we invite BIDs to get up on their soap box and ‘preach’ to the assembled masses about a particular issue, conundrum or concern that is exercising them in their location. The Soap Box submissions are now open so if you have a burning issue you would like to have debated then email us before the end of September with your idea. You get ten minutes on the day to confidently deliver your points and invite debate. We will choose the best topics from the submissions and will notify you by the end of October as to whether you have been successful.
Dates for your Diary
Our next Leadership Network meets by conference call on 23rd September; Management & Operations Forum is being held the following week on 30th September in Liverpool; Chairs Forum will be meeting in Birmingham on 6th October; Marketing Forum will be meeting on 27th January 2016 in London.
Funding and Policy – Don’t Miss…
For those of you in London, don’t miss the latest Mayor’s Regeneration Fund Launch of £20m that is designed to give London’s high streets a boost. The Mayor’s team are also hosting a High Street Network on 2 September at City Hall to feedback from their Regen Bootcamp and launch their new Regeneration Guide. Meanwhile, the Government is consulting on options to devolve the power to extend Sunday Trading to elected Mayors and/or Local Authorities. The consultation deadline is 16th September.
If you are one of the long listed National Proud Projects please make sure you send all the requested information in to us.
Until next time.