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Industry insights and news including Bb Chief Executive Professor Chris Turner's observations, thoughts, updates and announcements can be found below.

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - 1st November 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme) has been extended for a month and will remain open until December, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. Under the extended scheme, the cost for employers of retaining workers...


British BIDs congratulates confirmed areas to receive new Town Deals Fund

Earlier this week, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that seven areas across England are set to benefit from up to £178.7 million in new Town Deals.  Barrow-in-Furness, Blackpool, Darlington, Peterborough, Norwich, Torquay and Warrington are the first of 101 places to be offered a Town Deal and work will now...


Paul Clement steps down from British BIDs after long-standing service

British BIDs today announces that, after more than a decade in the industry, Paul Clement has decided to step down from his role as Director, Head of Place-shaping at Savills and Director of British BIDs.  We owe great thanks to Paul and invite you to join us in wishing him all the best...


October's Insight from Chris Turner

This month’s Insight continues to reflect the horrors of the economy during the pandemic. Many BIDs across the four administrations have already been subject to new lockdowns and completely unexpected closures of pubs, bars and restaurants after many months spent opening them and making them safe.Premises in the new tiered...


British BIDs congratulates Melanie Beck on being awarded MBE for ‘Services to the Community’ during Covid-19

British BIDs congratulates Melanie Beck, CEO of MyMiltonKeynes on being awarded MBE for ‘Services to the Community’ during Covid-19 We are thrilled to see that Melanie Beck; CEO of My Milton Keynes has been awarded MBE. Melanie has been instrumental in making positive improvements and promoting Central Milton Keynes for...


BIDs in the news

Finding the right balance for our town and city centres Our town and city centres are facing an economic disaster. There are over 320 Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in the UK who are trying to find the balance between doing the right thing for businesses, and the right thing by...


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...


September's Insight from Chris Turner

The BID industry continues to work hard to keep our towns and cities safe and prospering, and the Twitter community has pretty much every BID talking about and celebrating their projects and deeds. We have 2672 followers for Bb, and they provide an excellent microcosm of our industry. Ranging from...


British BIDs requests extension of 'Eat out To Help Out' Scheme

Following the success of the current 'Eat out To Help Out' Scheme, British BIDs has recently written to Chancellor Sunak about extending the scheme.  The letter can be viewed here.More than 85,000 establishments have taken part in the 'Eat out To Help Out' scheme, serving more than 35 million meals in the first two weeks...


​Bb requests further BID term extension from MHCLG

British BIDs (Bb) has been providing the BID industry with leadership amid the Coronavirus emergency and continues to work hard in representing all BIDs in discussions with government. The Coronavirus Act had the effect of extending the terms of those BIDs which ended prior to 31st December 2021, meaning that...


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