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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.

Leadership race: Businesses need competent hands on the tiller

By Chris Turner, Chief Executive, British BIDs So, the Prime Minister is on his way out, we find ourselves in the middle of a leadership race, and in a month or so, we’ll have a new resident inside Number 10. Businesses are dealing with the aftermath of the pandemic and...



As we enter midsummer much is happening in the BID community. Ballots are continuing more slowly in the summer, with successful outcomes in Cowpen Lane Industrial Bid, My Shawlands and Dublin Town. Eight new cities were named for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Milton Keynes, Colchester and Doncaster in England, Dunfermline...


Greening our cities

Guest blog by Mike Mounfield, Project Manager, Colmore BID ‘Going Green’ is the ambitious green infrastructure masterplan we’ve been working on at Colmore BID. Ultimately it is a toolkit that is available to anyone who wants to use it — perhaps they have a location in mind that could be...



May is jam-packed with activities across the five countries of the British Isles, as we move into the summer, and Jubilee weekends and bank holidays beckon. Following the Queen’s speech, government activity is also full on, so there is much to report this month. Ballots continue to take place, with...


Bringing back The Golden Mile in Belfast

By Chris McCracken, Linen Quarter BID Like our fellow BIDs up and down the country, we’ve been hard at work bringing visitors and shoppers back into our city centre since the pandemic. One of our flagship projects last summer was launching the Golden Mile. It includes 20 attractions that people...


April's Insight from Chris Turner

As Spring becomes very evident, life becomes busier and busier; the BID community is working hard with levy payers across the country opening up towns and cities, sorting out festivals and events and planning for the Summer; the government has been active in its levelling up agenda.  There have been...


Industrial BID Members to meet at Penrith Industrial BID

After twelve virtual meetings of the British BIDs Industrial BIDs group, a physical meeting is being planned for April 2022 in Cumbria hosted by Penrith Industrial BID. The group of committed BID Managers representing around 20 Industrial and Business Park BIDs across the UK started meeting during the early days...


HINCKLEY BID: Attracting visitors through our annual pancake race

By Steve Wegerif, Director, Hinckley BID  Our 11th annual pancake race was our first event of the year, and took place on our main shopping street. We had a record 140 entries, including school children and 20 people living with disabilities. And the crowd cheering them on was huge, we...


March's Insight from Chris Turner

We finish quarter one with continuing uncertainty; whilst Covid-19 seems to be increasingly controlled, there is clear evidence of rising inflation, the awful Ukraine situation is impacting on life here, and both footfall and spending are extremely varied across both sectors and regions. Some areas and their BIDs continue to...


February's Insight from Chris Turner

Welcome to the February 2022 British BIDs Insight. As ever there is much happening, both in terms of BIDs, ballots, events, policy and strategies for levelling up, cities, rough sleeping, and arts support. After the Christmas break the ballot environment is picking up. We have had six successful ballots so far...


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