BID INSIGHT FROM CHRIS TURNER - NOVEMBER


After the activity of last month, ballot life hasn’t slowed down! We have recorded fourteen ballots in the last four weeks and all were successful. Of these, eight were renewals; Blackburn, Otley, Eastleigh, Brixton, Shrewsbury, Soho Road, Alloa Town Centre, and Newcastle NE1. Six were new BIDs: Bradford, Brighouse, Rochdale, Harrogate, Royal Tunbridge Wells, and Andover. It is great to have so many coming forward and we hope that the British BIDs Loan fund can continue to support new, developing BIDs.

British BIDs Accreditation continues apace, with Newcastle-under-Lyme, Milton Keynes, Watford and Swansea receiving their Accreditation certificates at our conference in Cambridge. We now have 27 Accredited BIDs, and we have several currently in the process. Those who want to discuss Accreditation further can email mel.richardson@britishbids.info

The next meeting of the National BID Criteria Committee, with a group of the major national levy payers, some key BIDs and the MHCLG, will be on 4 December. This group develops the annual national BID criteria which the large national levy payers expect BIDs to meet before they can vote positively, and they also underpin both the British BIDs Accreditation and indeed the BID Loan Fund. I have had approaches from a few BIDs about joining this group and am very happy to discuss further with any others who might be interested.

The National BIDs Conference in Cambridge on November 8 was a great success, 180 attendees, and presentations from Rt Hon Lord Adonis, Jackie Sadek, David Downey and Marie Hickey. These will be available on our website for members shortly. Watford and Newcastle-under-Lyme won the two National BID Awards and we congratulate them for their successes. At the same time, the two cohorts of the 2018 Certificate in BID Management graduates received their Certificates. The CIBM is going from strength to strength with 66 graduates in the last nine cohorts. Hear what our 2018 class thought of the course on this short video. The next cohort starts on February 12 looking at the Principles of BIDs. More details are here and if you are interested please contact drew@britishbids.info.

The Royal Society for Public Health report on Health on the High Street: Running on Empty 2018 is a useful analysis of those High Streets that are healthy or not and is available here. It is most certainly worth a read. It looks at the health impact of a range of High Street outlets; the analysis includes vape shops, convenience stores, off-licences, cafes, and empty shops. It ranked Britain’s major towns and cities by the impact of their high streets on the public’s health and wellbeing. A key finding was a proliferation of empty shops on Britain’s High Streets, their clustering in more deprived areas, and the negative impact they can have on community wellbeing and spirit, representing a decline in community assets.

A final read for those interested came from David Downey at the Cambridge Conference, titled The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in The Age of Populism. This provides a roadmap for change that starts in the communities where most people live and work. Urban experts Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak discuss where the real power to create change lies and how it can be used to address our most serious social, economic, and environmental challenges. It is a great piece of analysis for those of us running BIDs and seeking a model for how we fit into the larger picture. Click here to read this.

Professor Christopher Turner, Chief Executive, British BIDs

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