Wayne Hemingway MBE shared a key message with us at our National BIDs conference in Cambridge: make sure we protect our start up spaces for innovative entrepreneurs, for without them our town centres can fade away; and John Parmiter urged us to ‘curate’ our High Streets so that they remain mixed and vibrant. There were a whole range of masterclasses; and over 170 participants learnt much, met each other and enjoyed themselves. We are now looking for the location for the 2018 conference to be held on November 8th; a number of BIDs were keen to suggest the next city and we are happy to have a discussion on potential locations. Do please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
We also launched the 11th National BID Survey; highlighting 283 active BIDs and over 100,000 businesses across the UK, we now are truly a major voice for business. The survey is available here and we have written a short summary at the beginning for BIDs to take to their Boards it they want to.
It is interesting that new BIDs continue to emerge, with 25 during the last 12 months. To support this growth, British BIDs has launched a Local Government BID Loan Fund toolkit, to allow local authorities to support BID development in the same manner that our Bb Loan fund supports new town centre BIDs across the country. The 10th Tranche of the DCLG BID Loan Fund is also now available, and more information can be found here.
The National BIDs Advisory Board [NBAB] continues to be the key overarching body for our work, assisting on the judging of the National BID Awards (click here to see the winners again) advising on the Loan fund allocations and helping to develop the National BIDs Industry Criteria. The meetings to work on the National BIDs Industry Criteria for 2018 start next month, they bring together representatives of both the national retailers and BIDs and we intend to publish them early next year.
The next meeting of the NBAB is in Birmingham next week and a group of BIDs from across the country, along with national levy payers and other trade organisations, advise on strategic issues that affect us all. if you have an interest in joining us do please email me. On that note, one of our Board members, the British Retail Consortium has released its updated guide Making a Success of Devolution. Within the guide there is a section on BIDs, focusing on how retailers can engage more effectively.
And finally, the next Certificate in BID Management (CiBM) qualification starts on February 15th. It was splendid to see Wayne Hemingway MBE present the Certificates to the 20 graduates of 2017 and we look forward to celebrating with the 2018 cohort next year. We now have 50 graduates of the CiBM and we are bringing them all together for the first time for an evening celebration with the next cohort on their first evening next year. Click here to view the CiBM dates for 2018 and how you can enrol.
Ballots taking place
We congratulate Hoddesdon and Harborne for their ballot success, and with a further eight results expected so keep an eye out for more results this Monday.
British BIDs is pleased that membership still grows and we welcome West London Business as new members this month.
Professor Christopher Turner, Chief Executive, British BIDs