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Industry insights and news including Bb Head of Research Chris Turner's observations, thoughts, updates and announcements can be found below.

MAY INSIGHTS BY CHRIS TURNER

Focus for many will inevitably shift to the 4th July General Election. With the announcement bound to impact BID's thinking and planning, particularly those close to a ballot.One other topic of interest in many BIDs is the development of ULEZ, with Clean Air zones now in Bath, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol...

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APRIL INSIGHTS BY CHRIS TURNER

Ballots continue to develop across the British Isles and it’s so good to congratulate Nuneaton, Ilkley, Huddersfield, Discover Lanark, Soho Road and Royal Tunbridge Wells Together, Visit Inverness Loch Ness and Horsham on their successful ballot results. We now have 341 BIDs in the British Isles and the latest British...

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MARCH INSIGHTS BY CHRIS TURNER

We are now well into March, and it is a time of changing weather, and new policies from governments and political leaders in the lead up to both local and national elections. Much of these are optimistic anticipation, others give a sense of a possible future for BID managers and...

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FEBRUARY INSIGHTS BY CHRIS TURNER

The world is starting to move toward Spring, and half term is upon us, with a slow increase in footfall. As ever, much is happening, both politically and economically. We congratulate This is Clapham and Milgavie My Way for their successful ballots; there are a further nine BIDs in ballot...

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JANUARY INSIGHTS BY CHRIS TURNER

This is the first Insight of 2024 and as ever much is happening at both a local and national level. It is now 20 years since the original 2003 Local Government Act, and the 2004 BID Regulations and we currently have 340 BIDs across the British Isles. BIDs are currently...

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DECEMBER INSIGHTS BY CHRIS TURNER

This is the final Insight of the year and what an interesting year it has been! Wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, a major COP summit, Covid Inquiries and a possible general election next year. It is also a time for much contemplation – it is the end of...

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NOVEMBER INSIGHTS BY CHRIS TURNER

A very full Insight in the month that really starts winter and the holiday seasons, with Halloween, Bonfire night, Thanksgiving, Diwali and Christmas all taking much BID energy and creativity, along with much government activity. BIDs and Ballot data Congratulations to twenty BIDs on their ballot outcomes: West Frizrovia, Godalming...

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OCTOBER INSIGHTS BY CHRIS TURNER

The Golden quarter is upon us and for most retailers it is the most lucrative period in the year. Managers and leaders are therefore desperate to understand how they can gain any competitive edge, not just for Christmas but going into 2024. BIDs clearly have a part to play in...

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SEPTEMBER INSIGHTS BY CHRIS TURNER

Work across the BID community starts again in earnest after the summer break: we have a government review of BIDs, 13 ballots coming up, and the data on footfall and the economy suggests the need for much work in the run up to the various festive seasons. Ballot data is...

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AUGUST INSIGHTS BY CHRIS TURNER

At the height of the summer, BIDs are already well into their planning for the major winter festivals later in the year! Thus, they are very busy, and much is happening on the High Street. Many BIDs are moving to experiential winter events, partly in response to the new Martyn’s...

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