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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.

November's insight from Chris Turner

This Insight is coming out right in the middle of the latest lockdown in England, and it is affecting all of us. Some BIDs have been in lockdown for many months and we hope to come out of this as soon as possible. One senior BID Chief Exec said last week that at least with a vaccine in the offing there is the...


LoyalFree: The high street app helping businesses trade through the lockdown

LoyalFree, the multi award winning place promotion app, is once again looking at innovative ways to support businesses up and down the UK through a lockdown. Widely used, the app is currently available in 26 towns and cities and helps connect locals with special offers, events and trails, encouraging the...


BID community prepares for second lockdown

As you know, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that non-essential retail and hospitality services will be forced to close from 5 November – 2 December, during a four-week lockdown in England. Here are some considerations for you and your BID. If you can, you must work from home...


Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/... The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, the Chancellor announced today, 9 October. Published 9 October 2020 Last updated 12 October 2020 — see all updates From: HM Treasury and The Rt Hon Rishi...


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...


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