Updates

The latest news, insights from CEO Chris Turner and announcements can be found below.

Is slow broadband hindering your business and do you want to do something about it?

You can get help through the Government's Gigabit Voucher Scheme that's been set up to provide grants to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to get ultrafast broadband through having a full fibre connection. These grants have a maximum value of £3,000 per SME and can be used with Openreach to...

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BID INSIGHT FROM CHRIS TURNER - AUGUST

The summer tends to be a slow time for ballots – understandably as leave and holidays impact on voters, BID teams and electoral managers alike.  And of course, last month there were a large number of ballots. But in the last four weeks we have had a success at Fulham...

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Do Your BID’s Lights Need A Refresh?

by Christopher Stille, Gala Lights Managing Director  Summer’s here, the sun is shining and holiday season is upon us … time to think about your BID’s Christmas lights. Festive illuminations, and the switch-on events surrounding them, provide an opportunity for BIDs to become thriving community hubs in the winter months...

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BID INSIGHT FROM CHRIS TURNER - JULY

This has been a busy month for ballots with successful outcomes for six new BIDs in Colchester, Colne, Saffron Walden, Stoke-on-Trent, Bishop's Stortford and Maidstone and six renewal ballots in Lancing (Industrial), Newham, Liverpool (Retail & Leisure), Romford, Weymouth and Dorchester. British BIDs Accreditation is a key landmark for many BIDs and it is...

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Applications for the 2018 Great British High Streets Awards are now open!

Applications for the 2018 Great British High Streets Awards are now open!  The Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards 2018, which is being run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, sponsored by Visa and backed by other partners, is recognising and celebrating local achievements on our high streets and...

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Launch of the Second Grimsey review

This morning we were in Birmingham attending the launch of Bill Grimsey's second review “It’s time to reshape our town centres”. The review is a forward looking and exciting document, looking at some of the underlying societal issues that have affected our town centres. The report stresses the need for leadership and...

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Launch of the Great British High Street Awards 2018

Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth has announced the Great British High Street Awards for 2018: Launch of the Great British High Street Awards 2018  Dear Colleague,  I am pleased to share with you that the Communities Secretary, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP today launched the...

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BID INSIGHT FROM CHRIS TURNER - JUNE

June has been busy for ballots and we congratulate Lowestoft and Essential Edinburgh,  who were successful in their recent renewal ballot. Sadly, Shirley were not successful. At the end of the month there are six further ballots; renewals in Liverpool, Weymouth, Dorchester and ballots for new bids in Colchester, Saffron...

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BID INSIGHT FROM CHRIS TURNER - MAY

The last four weeks has seen three new BIDs coming through successful ballot. Penrith Industrial Estates marked the 300th BID in the British Isles, followed by Minehead and then Clevedon. We now await Essential Edinburgh, and Lowestoft, both renewal ballots and Shirley, a new developing BID.  Much of the data that...

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BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT INDUSTRY CELEBRATES 300 BIDS

British BIDs today announces a momentous milestone for the Business Improvement District (BID) industry across the UK and Ireland as it reaches 300 BIDs. Last Friday, businesses in Penrith industrial estates have voted favourably for the creation of a BID, a ‘yes’ vote which marks a total of 300 BIDs for...

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