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British BIDs Membership

British BIDs is the leading membership body for BIDs. There are many benefits in becoming a member and our offer provides excellent value for money. Membership provides you with the rights tools and know-how to develop and run a strong and successful BID.

  • Membership provides you with unlimited support, advice, and guidance on all aspects of BID management - finance, HR, governance, management, and the legal and technical aspects of running a BID.
  • Membership enables you to access an extensive body of research, information, data, and insight - drawn from British BIDs and Savills.
  • Membership unlocks a range of discounts on training, events, and in securing Accreditation.
  • Membership helps to build strong BID teams - growing expertise and knowledge through training, networking, and professional development.

Members have access to: 

  • The Bb team of experienced industry practitioners
  • Expert HR Support (through free access to Croner)
  • Research and industry insights including the National BID Survey and other reports, Guidance Papers and the National BID Criteria
  • Monthly Ballot Watch email
  • Contact details for the Head Office voters of British BIDs’ National Voters Group
  • A minimum of 25% discount on all training courses
  • 25% discount on Accreditation
  • Training and Networking opportunities
  • 25% discount on all Bb events including the National BIDs conference and other events
  • Access to topical and informative webinars
  • Business Plan Review Service

To find out more on all these topics, read on below.

To become a member call 0845 112 0118 or email contact@britishbids.info.

Members have access to the Bb team who will help with any questions or issues that may arise.

For many BIDs, this pragmatic support alone warrants becoming a member.

Advice and support is provided to members daily on all areas including BID development, regulations, governance, levy rules, renewals, voter information, performance management, financial management and more.

British BIDs members benefit from free access to Croner, an expert employment law and health & safety helpline. If you are a British BIDs member, you can find your Croner contact and reference number here

Please note, you need to be logged in to the British BIDs website as a member to be able to access this link.

The Helpline gives you access to telephone advice from a team of experts.

Your 24/7 Croner Telephone Business Support Helpline offers a range of support, including:

  • Employment Law advice
  • Health & Safety support
  • Commercial Legal help

Workplace Helpline advice includes:

Employment Law:

  • Disciplinary and grievance support
  • Gross misconduct and dismissal advice
  • Sickness absence management

Health & Safety:

  • Reporting an accident
  • Fire safety
  • Risk assessments
  • Hazardous substances

Commercial Legal:

  • Company Law
  • Landlord & Tenancy
  • Copyright & Patent
  • Disputes (Payment & Contractual)

About Croner:

  • Croner has over 80 years’ experience in business support
  • Croner’s purpose is to make the management of people and safety easier
  • Successful resolution in over 80% of Tribunal cases
  • Croner’s consultants have an average of 15 years’ industry experience

Members enjoy priority access to British BIDs research including the Annual Survey and Guiding Principles for BIDs.

Our regular Ballot Watch service provides crucial industry insight and information on forthcoming BID ballots. 

We can provide contact details for the Head Office voters of British BIDs’ National Voters Group.

For further information, please get in touch.

Bb offers access to a wide variety of training courses as well as our Professional Development Day each Spring. The Certificate in BID Management (CiBM) is the industry’s only formal qualification. Designed for BID employees who have identified BIDs as a career and who wish to achieve an award that recognises their specialism. The Diploma in BID Leadership (DiBL) naturally follows on from the CiBM and offers further personal development. Delegates graduate at the National BID conference in November.

Get in touch with us if there is a bespoke training course or subject you would like us to provide training on.

A minimum of 25% discount is offered on course fees for members. All courses are currently taking place via Zoom.

Accreditation is the industry recognised standard for well-managed BIDs. Bb will assess your BID in terms of governance, management, finances, performance management, communications and reporting linked to our document, National Guiding Principles for a BID. Achieving the award is an endorsement that your BID is delivering good governance in line with industry standards demonstrating to levy payers that you are open, transparent and accountable. Accreditation also helps BID teams through the process of putting the right structures into your BID. Members receive a 25% discount.

Find more information on our Accreditation program here.

Our Business Plan Criteria provides BIDs with a checklist of essential requirements to consider when creating a business plan. This is to ensure that the expectations of voters are adhered to. With this in mind, membership includes a draft business plan review service whereby we provide feedback to ensure it meets the required criteria before it is finalised and distributed to voters.