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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.

COVID-19 - Job Retention Scheme Update

The government has announced an update on the furlough process, which we know is increasingly vital to most BIDs at the moment.   The full details are below but the key headlines are that the online claim service will be launched on GOV.UK on 20‌‌ April 2020 and the only way to make a claim...


That Was The Bb Week That Was #3 (W/C 6th April)

Weekly COVID-19 Communications RoundupW/C 6th April 2020Easter weekend, together with its Spring sunshine, hailed the end of the third week of lockdown. Just as we might have thought we were nearing the end, the weekend’s papers warned of 3 weeks or more still to come. It was a week that reminded us...


That Was The Bb Week That Was #2 (W/C 30th March)

Weekly COVID-19 Communications RoundupW/C 30th March 2020This is the second in our series of TWTBbWTW, covering week commencing 30th March 2020. It included April 1st, much less recognised this year by BIDs for jokes and pranks, and more as being the end of one financial year and the start of a...


British BIDs' Ballot Buddy helps secure a 'yes' vote for West Bromwich BID

British BIDs' Ballot Buddy helps secure a 'yes' vote for West Bromwich BIDBritish BIDs has successfully supported West Bromwich BID through its recent renewal ballot. 84% of businesses voted in favour for the BID, with 85% voting in favour by rateable value, achieving an overall turnout of 47%. Ballot Buddy has...


The Coronavirus Act 2020 and what it means for BIDs

The Coronavirus Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 25th March, having been fast-tracked through parliament. The Act contains ‘emergency powers’ to enable public bodies to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Act has a section dedicated to Business Improvement Districts. This can be found in Chapter 7, Section 79 and is titled Extension...


That Was The Bb Week That Was #1 (w/c 23rd March)

Weekly COVID-19 Communications RoundupW/C 23rd March 2020 From now on, through until the end of the COVID-19 crisis, British BIDs (Bb) will be bringing you a simplified review of the week’s BID news available in one, digestible, broadcast. So, this first edition reviews the week commencing 23rd March 2020, a...


BID levy payments and COVID-19

British BIDs, ATCM and The BID Foundation are responding to a government request for information and have joined together to undertake a brief survey on how the 260 English BIDs are able to respond to the current COVID-19 crisis. We know that our levy payers in the retail, leisure and...


New Q&A sessions announced

We are bringing the industry some brand new Q&A's, giving BIDs the chance to ask questions or raise any concerns regarding the below topics.  Please see our upcoming Q&A's below: Tips for managing your BIDs cashflow1. Wednesday 1st April, 10 - 11am - FULLY SUBSCRIBED2. Friday 3rd April, 10 -...


Communications support for BIDs

In light of COVID-19, we have received a lot of correspondence from the BID industry seeking support with their communications. To offer support, British BIDs will be regularly updating this page with useful advice and templates. If there are any specific communications needs you have which you feel would benefit...


British BIDs Guidance - Q&A

Last week, British BIDs talked to over 40 BIDs in a series of on-line Q&A sessions, the final one of which took place on Tuesday afternoon this week. We wanted to understand the most pressing issues for the BID industry amid COVID-19. We have been asked to make available just...


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