BIDs Advisory Board welcome Resilience Fund


British BIDs (Bb) and its Advisory Board wholeheartedly welcome the Government’s support to England’s Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) through the BID Resilience Fund. On hearing confirmation of the Fund, the Advisory Board - chaired by Nic Durston of South Bank BID, and comprising representatives from BIDs across the country, national BID voters, stakeholders, and property owners and managers - gave its continued commitment to supporting all BIDs and their partners and stakeholders through the next stages of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board have agreed to meet regularly throughout this unprecedented period, and provide leadership, support and advice to the wider industry.

Nic Durston said: “We are very pleased with the announcement of the BID Resilience Fund. This is a hugely positive endorsement of the value that Government attach to BIDs and the work that they do. We are proud to have played a part in achieving this support, and have worked seamlessly with our colleagues in The BID Foundation and the Association of Town and City Management. The priority is now firmly on helping BIDs to access this funding, along with a focus on recovery.  We will work to ensure that BIDs are well positioned to play an integral role in the recovery process in their respective places.”

Professor Chris Turner, Chief Executive of Bb, said: “The Advisory Board is playing an invaluable role in leading the focus of the work being done by the Bb team, including training to BIDs’ teams, recovery planning and on our recently announced research which looks at future planning. We are grateful to Board members for their insights and guidance, especially around our future strategy.”

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