BID INSIGHT FROM CHRIS TURNER - SEPTEMBER


After the usual slow summer, the ballot period starts to get busy again. Last week the interesting Bristol Bedminster ballot showed a resounding yes, with a 51% turnout, following their failure back in March on the rateable value count; very positive news indeed. Three other ballots are coming up in the next few days, Griffnock Village, Broadmead Bristol and Stratford upon Avon at the end of the month.

There are a further nineteen ballots in the next month or so, of which seven are new developing BIDs. One of the very positive stories in the current National BID survey is the continued growth in new developing BIDs, with 47 on the horizon.

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has now published the 78 pieces of written evidence, including our British BIDs paper, submitted to its inquiry into the future of high streets and town centres, and is now starting to receive oral evidence session. Bill Grimsey is one of the first to give evidence and the ongoing details can be seen here. This will be a vital  piece of work that might gain some traction in government and we will keep members updated.

A really interesting piece, linked to the public house trade came out in their Morning Advertiser.  A powerful piece arguing for work with BIDs, understanding them and getting involved, and a particularly useful riposte to the role of the late night levy.

I am delighted that our National BIDs conference in Cambridge on November 8 has finalised it’s running order.  The Rt Hon. Lord Adonis will discuss how he sees the economy moving, the affect Brexit will have along with the need for government to be involved in planning strategies. David Downey will be looking at BIDs in a global environment along with the retail economy in the US and what the future is looking like.  Jackie Sadek, co-author of the Grimsey Review is looking at regeneration in town centres and what this should look like and Marie Hickey on whether physical retail is dead and with it town centres? There is also a range of Masterclasses in the afternoon, covering key issues for BIDs, presented by practising experts, including Place Making, crime reduction and proving the value of marketing. To find out more information about our speakers and the full agenda please visit here.

The National BIDs Survey is now complete, and is at the design stage. We shall be headlining the work in the usual key paper at the conference in Cambridge in November. The British BIDs database is now increasingly accurate, with 305 active BIDs listed, and 47 being developed. The work is now less of a survey and more of an annual report and so we are retitling it Business Improvement Districts in the British Isles 2018. Drafts have already gone to members of the National BIDs Advisory Board and the Ministry of Housing Community and Local Government to allow them to have advance notice of the changes.

Professor Christopher Turner, Chief Executive, British BIDs

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