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Industry insights and news including Bb Chief Executive Professor Chris Turner's observations, thoughts, updates and announcements can be found below.

THAT WAS THE BB WEEK THAT WAS #9 (W/C 18TH MAY)

It was exactly 7pm on Monday 23rd March that the ‘world’ changed, probably forever. The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, addressed us as to the impending threat of COVID-19 and locked down a nation. BID areas were forcibly brought to halt for all but businesses within the category ‘essential’. In the subsequent weeks...

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THAT WAS THE BB WEEK THAT WAS #8 (W/C 11TH MAY)

COVID-19 has introduced a new pastime for the UK population as lockdown has persisted. So, for this week’s TWTBbWTW, we thought we would review the week with 7 questions covering the main daily topics. Let’s see how clever you are: Q1 Monday 11th May – Bb launched a new toolkit...

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3R Toolkit; Driving recovery in your place

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now set out government plans for the managed lifting of COVID-19 restrictions over the coming days, weeks and months, which can be read here. This will allow the economy to restart and town and city centres to re-open. BIDs, town centre managers and local authorities will...

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THAT WAS THE BB WEEK THAT WAS #7 (W/C 4TH MAY)

This was the week when we all learned a lot more about the letter ‘R’. Until now, it had been somewhat hidden as only the 18th letter of the English alphabet. In common parlance it had already firmly established it as the 8th most used letter, but it was the...

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BIDs Advisory Board welcome Resilience Fund

British BIDs (Bb) and its Advisory Board wholeheartedly welcome the Government’s support to England’s Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) through the BID Resilience Fund. On hearing confirmation of the Fund, the Advisory Board - chaired by Nic Durston of South Bank BID, and comprising representatives from BIDs across the country, national...

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THAT WAS THE BB WEEK THAT WAS #6 (W/C 27TH APRIL)

May Day has for generations been a date of celebration. It was the ancient festival of Spring greeted with singing, outdoor feasts and dancing around the maypole. For reasons of COVID-19, this year’s celebrations were a little more muted. Yet, government chose the date to celebrate and show support for the...

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British BIDs announces new research into the recovery of BIDs and urban centres in the ‘new normal’

Working in partnership, British BIDs, Nottingham BID and the New Economic Foundation have commissioned a detailed report to examine the future recovery of BIDs and town centres, exploring the role of a BID and the BID network in the new normal. The research will focus on how town and city...

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British BIDs Announces BIDs Resilience Fund

Friday 1st May British BIDs has been raising the serious financial pressures facing many English BIDs due to COVID-19 since the very start of this crisis and, today, we are pleased to announce that Government has responded positively with a support package for BIDs. As part of a huge programme...

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Government lobbying for BID levy relief during COVID-19

Last month, British BIDs wrote to the Secretary of State to request BID levy relief measures from government during COVID-19. British BIDs (Bb) and the BIDs in England all want certainty from the government. The submitted letter can be viewed here.  As we continue to monitor this, we wanted to...

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THAT WAS THE BB WEEK THAT WAS #5 (W/C 20TH APRIL)

The state of Britain’s high streets has occupied an increased proportion of new reporting in the last week.On Thursday, the UK government issued a ‘hold back’ warning to landlords pursuing “aggressive rent reduction”; then, on Friday, the Office of National Statistics reported the biggest drop in sales ever (though the...

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