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 we collect about BIDs comes from the National BID Survey, the data for which is now being collected online. Do please complete the survey by 30th June by clicking here. The survey is the main source of key data for local and central government, and is increasingly used by BIDs and their Boards to benchmark data such as levy collection costs, levy percentages, turnouts and ballot data.

Some BIDs are very involved in Business Crime Reduction Partnerships, and The National Business Crime Centre has now put the proposed new National Standards up on the NBCC website so that they are available for anyone to see. The next step is for them to arrange for assessment to the standards, and a few organisations have expressed an interest. At Bb we are still exploring whether to be an assessing organisation as part of our Accreditation service, or to work with another partner. The standards are here, for those who need to explore the impact they might have. 

As you will all know the new GDPR rules come into force next week and the Bb guidelines on what we should all have done are available to members on our website. All of us will need at the very least a privacy statement accessible to our members and other business contacts, a set of procedures on the various lawful bases we are using, clear rules about access and erasure and a system or person responsible for managing and updating personal data.  

We are really pleased to see that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) Committee launched an inquiry looking at the future of England’s high streets and town centres in 2030. The chair, Clive Betts MP, and his Committee will look particularly at how local areas are planning for the future of their high streets and town centres and creating the conditions to sustain them in the years ahead, as well as whether councils have the planning, licensing, tax raising and other tools needed to help local areas flourish. 

This is a vital opportunity and we clearly regard BIDs as having a key role in this. Bb has already collected a great deal of evidence, both anecdotal and quantitative, of the problems and issues facing the high street and we will bring this together as part of a response from Bb. However, there is clearly a great deal further knowledge in BIDs across the country and I shall be contacting many Bb members in the next week or so for their key bullet points. Not for the problems, for we know them, but for some solutions that we can press forward with. If you would like to be part of that conversation can you let me know here so I can add you to my list. The closing date for written submissions is Friday 22 June 2018 so we will collect data and feedback up until as near the deadline as possible. 

The current cohort on the Certificate in BID Management (CiBM) are presenting their projects on 14th June and the next course is starting on 27th June. There are still a few places left and so contact Drew if you want more details about how to join the course. 

Finally, the National BIDs Conference is at Cambridge on 8th November and we have now signed up our keynote speakers! The first is David Downey, CEO of the International Downtown Association who will be speaking at the conference on BIDs as a global phenomenon. Full details are here.


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