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British BIDs and Industrial BIDs share best practice


Business Park and Industrial BIDs met online last week for the fourth time since May to share good practice and discuss issues and concerns. 

The group, chaired by Steve Sawyer who manages Manor Royal BID near Gatwick Airport, and who is also on the British BIDs Advisory Board, has been attended by representatives from Cornwall to Cumbria and Wales to the South East. 

Steve Sawyer, Executive Director of Manor Royal BID said: “The quality of the discussion, mutual support and insight the group has provided over the past few months has been excellent. It’s not easy running any BID, especially now, but being able to share experience with like-minded people is a hugely beneficial.”

Chris Turner, Chief Executive of British BIDs said: "I’m really pleased we have been able to bring together Industrial BIDs like this. They are an important part of the BID community and while Bb has always welcomed the contribution from industrial BIDs we haven’t before specifically catered for them. It’s important to plug that gap and its useful to the industry more widely to be able to capture their unique insights.”

Discussions at the last meeting centred around the issue of levy collection and reminders, security solutions as well as helping to shape future policy.  Participants are currently exploring how they shape this new network in the future with likely opportunities to continue with regular networking sessions and an opportunity to raise the profile of Industrial BIDs and influence policy.

With this in mind, the next meeting of the group will be led by Chris Turner, CEO of British BIDs via zoom on 30thSeptember at 3pm.  This will be a session looking at what support and services Industrial BIDs will need in 2021 as these areas continue to evolve and rebuild in the wake of the COVID emergency. The session will also explore what the key policy issues will be particularly in the light of the pandemic and its effect on communities, places and the future viability of the BID model.

To find out more or to join in contact Mel Richardson at mel.richardson@britishbids.info

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