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Industry insights and news including Bb Head of Research Chris Turner's observations, thoughts, updates and announcements can be found below.

December's insight from Chris Turner

This month has been a frantic end to what has been a pretty appalling year! The Arcadia and Debenhams failures will have a major impact on many of our high streets, although the news was slightly allayed by the arrival of a vaccine. There are already innovative plans being drawn...


#BIDlife - putting the spotlight on our towns and cities!

This year has been anything but normal for us all, but no matter what, we know that BIDs are here to stay and that our towns and cities will continue to evolve.  We love seeing what BIDs are doing in their places, so, each month we are asking you to send...


How can and should BIDs be more community focused?

We all know that BIDs have an invaluable role to play in our governance structure, acting as the custodians on behalf of our business districts.  When looking at BIDs over the last 20 years, in the most recent years we have seen more emphasis on how we work with our...


Christmas lights provide feel-good factor in challenging times

Christmas lights have been more in-demand than ever, as BIDs around the country seek to draw visitors back with eye-catching displays. The festive season is always a special time, but we’ve really noticed customers wanting to make a big impact and raise spirits through Christmas lights this year. 2020 has...


Welsh guidance about the coronavirus rules that will be in place from 6pm Friday 4 December

Welsh Government has announced that from 6pm on 4th December: restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs will be required to close and alcohol cannot be served at any time; entertainment venues and indoor tourist attractions will be required to close. This includes:  cinemasbowling alleysoft play centresskating rinksmuseumsgalleriesbingo hallscasinosamusement arcadestheatres and concert...


Repurposing our places for the future

This year has accelerated the structural change that has been ongoing for many years on the built environment of our towns and cities, and there is a lot to be done post-Covid.  From recently having Holly and Izzy (Ellandi) speak at our National BIDs Conference, we learnt that there is a...


Arcadia Group – Guidance for BIDs, 1 December 2020

It has been announced that administrators have been appointed at the Arcadia Group. The group had been seeking extra cash to help it plug the gap from lost sales during the pandemic which has had “a material impact on trading.” The administration will provide Arcadia with protection from its creditors...


Calling on the Government to do more to support Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

Together, Croydon BID, British BIDs, ATCM and The BID Foundation have created ‘Bounce Back Better’ – a manifesto of asks that will help support the retail, hospitality and leisure sector to survive. Our asks are very much in line with partners leading their particular sectors. We hope to provide additional...


Increase your footfall over the festive period - Blachere Illumination

At Blachere Illumination we are as concerned as British BIDs at the level of footfall right across the UK and how this affects our local businesses ability to continue to trade. When lockdowns are lifted, the pandemic may still affect how the public perceive returning to our high streets, after...


The shop local and loyal revolution from Scottish fintech Miconex with Town and City Gift Cards and Mi Rewards

Driving local economic recovery at a place level and encouraging people to shop local continues to be the mission for Miconex who has introduced 17 new Town and City Gift Card programmes in 2020, taking its total number of local gift card programmes to more than 50. The first Town...


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