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 really pleasing that Watford and Swansea have now been approved by the National BIDs Advisory Board. For Swansea this was a re-accreditation whilst for Watford it was the first time through the process. Watford thus joins the current 17 accredited BIDs. The Accreditation process reflects the National BID Criteria that have been developed with the major national levy payers and allows them to be assured that the Business Improvement District meets all their key criteria. There are a number of BIDs going through Accreditation at the moment and if people want to join them do please email mel.richardson@britishbids.info

The National BIDs Advisory Board is meeting next on November 1 in Bristol, and brings together the national levy payers, local authorities and a cross section of BIDs. If you have an interest in joining us do please drop me an email.

The National Business Improvement District scene is interesting at the moment, with the Grimsey 2 review just published and the House of Commons select committee working through the submissions. It was thus pleasing to see Jake Berry, our BID minister, in Parliament pledging his support of BIDs saying on July 12th “The Government is committed to supporting Business Improvement Districts, and recognises the important role they play in allowing local businesses to work together to shape and improve their high streets and towns”.

The current cohort of CIBM students are now starting their projects and as ever there is a really interesting range of subjects – including festivals, added value, and governance. The students are always looking for current BIDs to help with their basic research and if any BID managers are interested in helping do please let me know and I can put you in touch. This is the ninth cohort of the course, which has run since 2013 and we have had 67 students through the programme. If you have an interest in joining the course do please get in touch, and read more about it here.

Can I thank all those who filled in the National BID survey; it is now being analysed prior to writing up and publication in the autumn. The BID awards are still taking entries until 24th August and the application can be made here. The winners are being announced at the British BIDs conference in Cambridge on November 8th, book a ticket for the conference here.


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