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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.

COVID-19: An update for Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)

18th March 2020 Many organisations have been providing useful health-related advice on COVID-19 to BID teams. However, in the last few days, we have received an increasing number of enquiries from members which fit under the broad title of “what does this mean for BIDs?” The Bb team will remain...


British BIDs' response to the Chancellor's Budget

For many months British BIDs (Bb), alongside other membership organisations for retail businesses, has been pressing Government for a reform of the business rates system. The amount of business rates payable is calculated as a proportion of the rateable value (RV) of each property which, in turn, reflects its likely...


British BIDs launches new Advisory Board

British BIDs (Bb), which this year celebrates a decade of leading the BID industry, has formed a new Advisory Board to help support its own development and that of the wider industry. The Board is made up of industry leaders, national BID voters, stakeholders, property developers and an observer position...


Sunak urged to reform rates that ‘hammer’ local retailers

Letter signed by 11 business improvement districts calls for overhaul of under-fire tax to help ailing high street. Thousands of hairdressers, cafés, pubs, chemists and family offices that have been “hammered” by sky-high bills have called for an overhaul of the business rates system and other taxes. In a letter...


February's Insight from Chris Turner

Ballot activity is starting afresh and we congratulate Aldgate Connect, Moray Tourism and Cupar Now Digital on their successful results. BIDs that are in ballot this month are Plymouth City Centre, Victoria, Bee Midtown - Holborn, Bloomsbury, St Giles and Bee Midtown - Farringdon & Clerkenwell, all of which are...


British BIDs partners with Welsh Government

British BIDs (Bb) is excited to announce a partnership with the Welsh Government to undertake its industry recognised Accreditation service for seven BIDs in Wales. These BIDs include Newport Now, Neath Inspired, Rhyl BID, FOR Cardiff, Your Pontypridd, Caernarfon BID and Merthyr Tydfil BID. British BIDs have been leading the...


Business Rates - a representation to the Chancellor for the 2020 Budget

British BIDs [Bb] is the trade body for Business Improvement Districts [BIDs] in the UK and represents 330 established BIDs. We are thus the voice for over 128,785 levy paying businesses across the country, with a combined rateable value of over £8.3billion. We are making this representation to the Chancellor...


New year, new Christmas

By Christopher Stille, Gala Lights Managing Director It’s hard to believe that Christmas was just a few weeks ago. The evenings are dark and we’re in the midst of winter, but now is a good time to be thinking about brightening-up this Christmas with a new lighting display. How were your...


January's BID Insight from Chris Turner

It is already clear that 2020 is going to be an important year for the BID community.  A new Government with a commitment to the High Street is hopefully going to make a difference, both locally and nationally. Firstly, Business Rates. The Prime Minister committed his government to “cut the...


Celebrate our 10th birthday with us

This year we celebrate our 10th birthday by promising to continue to lead the BID industry. As the longest-established and largest membership organisation dedicated to BIDs, we are launching new training courses, events, products and lots more.  Tens of thousands of businesses across the UK are now part of a BID, and they are...


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