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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.

3R Toolkit; Driving recovery in your place

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now set out government plans for the managed lifting of COVID-19 restrictions over the coming days, weeks and months, which can be read here. This will allow the economy to restart and town and city centres to re-open. BIDs, town centre managers and local authorities will...

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THAT WAS THE BB WEEK THAT WAS #7 (W/C 4TH MAY)

This was the week when we all learned a lot more about the letter ‘R’. Until now, it had been somewhat hidden as only the 18th letter of the English alphabet. In common parlance it had already firmly established it as the 8th most used letter, but it was the...

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BIDs Advisory Board welcome Resilience Fund

British BIDs (Bb) and its Advisory Board wholeheartedly welcome the Government’s support to England’s Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) through the BID Resilience Fund. On hearing confirmation of the Fund, the Advisory Board - chaired by Nic Durston of South Bank BID, and comprising representatives from BIDs across the country, national...

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THAT WAS THE BB WEEK THAT WAS #6 (W/C 27TH APRIL)

May Day has for generations been a date of celebration. It was the ancient festival of Spring greeted with singing, outdoor feasts and dancing around the maypole. For reasons of COVID-19, this year’s celebrations were a little more muted. Yet, government chose the date to celebrate and show support for the...

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British BIDs announces new research into the recovery of BIDs and urban centres in the ‘new normal’

Working in partnership, British BIDs, Nottingham BID and the New Economic Foundation have commissioned a detailed report to examine the future recovery of BIDs and town centres, exploring the role of a BID and the BID network in the new normal. The research will focus on how town and city...

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British BIDs Announces BIDs Resilience Fund

Friday 1st May British BIDs has been raising the serious financial pressures facing many English BIDs due to COVID-19 since the very start of this crisis and, today, we are pleased to announce that Government has responded positively with a support package for BIDs. As part of a huge programme...

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Government lobbying for BID levy relief during COVID-19

Last month, British BIDs wrote to the Secretary of State to request BID levy relief measures from government during COVID-19. British BIDs (Bb) and the BIDs in England all want certainty from the government. The submitted letter can be viewed here.  As we continue to monitor this, we wanted to...

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THAT WAS THE BB WEEK THAT WAS #5 (W/C 20TH APRIL)

The state of Britain’s high streets has occupied an increased proportion of new reporting in the last week.On Thursday, the UK government issued a ‘hold back’ warning to landlords pursuing “aggressive rent reduction”; then, on Friday, the Office of National Statistics reported the biggest drop in sales ever (though the...

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New measures to protect UK high street from aggressive rent collection and closure

High street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus pandemic, the Business Secretary has set out. The majority of landlords and tenants are working well together to reach agreements on debt obligations, but some...

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British BIDs expands Ballot Buddy portfolio

Our Ballot Buddy service offers expert guidance for developing and renewing a BID, and we are pleased to announce the addition of three new BIDs to the Ballot Buddy portfolio. These BIDs are Brighton, Chichester and King's Lynn.  All three BIDs are approaching BID renewal in 2021/2022, and our Ballot Buddy...

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