Launch of the Second Grimsey review


This morning we were in Birmingham attending the launch of Bill Grimsey's second review “It’s time to reshape our town centres”. The review is a forward looking and exciting document, looking at some of the underlying societal issues that have affected our town centres. The report stresses the need for leadership and working together. It is bold and visionary and will require a huge amount of change;  it is available for download here

Although we were a little disappointed at the lack of detail on Business Improvement Districts, which are given two formal paragraphs, they are mentioned as success factors in many of the case studies in the report and at the launch there was enthusiasm from many in the audience.

We are very much of the view that the 300 BIDs are hugely successful pragmatic solutions that bring together businesses of all sorts and types, along with their various different communities.  We believe that they work well, and we shall be using the current National Survey as an opportunity to review where BIDs are after 15 years. 

Jackie Sadek, Founder and CEO of UK Regeneration was one of the report writers and she will be speaking at our National BID conference in Cambridge on November 8 on many of these issues. 

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