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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.

July's insight from Chris Turner

July has been another very dramatic month for BIDs across the British Isles, with the reopening of bars and restaurants on the 4th of July in England, a similar opening across the other administrations during the month and then the reopening of gyms and beauty salons. BIDs have been very...


Webinar with high street expert Bill Grimsey

We recently saw the release of ‘Build Back Better’, a COVID-19 supplement to the Grimsey Review. It offers a thought-provoking read, with one of the emerging thoughts being that the pandemic could be the shock needed for high streets to thrive in the future. You can read the full document here...


Ruth Duston joins British BIDs Advisory Board

British BIDs have announced that Ruth Duston OBE, OC, Managing Director of Primera is the latest expert to join its Advisory Board. Ruth’s career in regeneration spans more than 30 years, from working with some of the most deprived communities in the country while in local government to shaping major redevelopment...


Towns Fund – updated guidance

On 27th July 2019 the Prime Minister announced that the £3.6 billion Towns Fund would support an initial 100 town deals across England. See further details of the announcement here. The 100 places invited to develop proposals for a new generation of multi-million-pound Town Deals was then announced on 6th...


Look back on lockdown - BIDs

BIDs play a crucial role in managing our town and city centres, and that didn't stop when we entered lockdown on 23rd March. Since then, BIDs have been extremely busy keeping levy payers updated with relevant news, and keeping towns and cities safe and secure, ready for the reopening that took place on 15th...


June's Insight from Chris Turner

This month has clearly been dominated by the reopening of a wave of retail outlets on our high streets in England, although in Wales and Scotland that has yet to take place. For the past three months, the BID community has been immersed in looking after, nurturing and keeping safe...


From BBC news, to virtual meetings & training, we reflect on the past 3 months

Yesterday saw the long-awaited reopening of shops for our town and city centres in England. In the lead-up to this, the team at British BIDs have worked hard to provide as much support as we can to BIDs and key stakeholders.  By leading the BID industry, we have supported more...


BBC News Channel - Professor Christopher Turner

A number of safety measures have been put in place across our town and city centres to encourage shoppers back following the virus pandemic. Our Chief Executive, Chris Turner discusses this live on BBC News. ...


Industrial and Business Park BIDs share good practice with virtual networking sessions

Since lockdown, a group of 20 Industrial and Business Park BIDs have met twice via virtual networking calls to discuss issues, share good practice and provide support.  The group, chaired by Steve Sawyer who manages Manor Royal BID near Gatwick Airport, and who is also on the British BIDs Advisory Board...


New research on BIDs and the 'new normal'

Working in collaboration with Nottingham BID and NEF Consulting, British BIDs today unveils new research, which explores the impacts of COVID-19 for the BID industry.  Titled 'BIDs and their 'new normal: Their response to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020', the research is underpinned by in-depth research into the wider perceptions of...


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