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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.

Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government BID Loan Fund

Last week British BIDs and the MHCLG signed a further two year contract for British BIDs to manage the BID Loan Fund. Clearly British BIDs is excited to be able to continue our support to those towns and cities that see a BID as the answer to their futures, and want to join the over...


British BIDs appointed to support South Bank BID with 2019 renewal ballot

We're pleased to be working with South Bank BID, offering them comprehensive renewal support via Ballot Buddy. Working closely with the British BIDs team, South Bank BID will further benefit from planning, modelling, policy, research and communications support. South Bank is one of London’s most dynamic neighbourhoods: the cultural heart of...


Faster broadband underpins UK BIDs - Openreach

Openreach have sent us this article on their Community Fibre Partnerships with case studies on Sutton Coldfield and Cardiff, read it here...


National BIDs Conference by Ben Collins

For this November’s National BIDs conference we have strived to bring together a range of the best and brightest speakers. Speakers that will address the issues facing high streets and BIDs throughout the country, and who won’t be afraid to discuss the threats and opportunities places are facing. In fact...



After the usual slow summer, the ballot period starts to get busy again. Last week the interesting Bristol Bedminster ballot showed a resounding yes, with a 51% turnout, following their failure back in March on the rateable value count; very positive news indeed. Three other ballots are coming up in...


Is slow broadband hindering your business and do you want to do something about it?

You can get help through the Government's Gigabit Voucher Scheme that's been set up to provide grants to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to get ultrafast broadband through having a full fibre connection. These grants have a maximum value of £3,000 per SME and can be used with Openreach to...



The summer tends to be a slow time for ballots – understandably as leave and holidays impact on voters, BID teams and electoral managers alike.  And of course, last month there were a large number of ballots. But in the last four weeks we have had a success at Fulham...


Do Your BID’s Lights Need A Refresh?

by Christopher Stille, Gala Lights Managing Director  Summer’s here, the sun is shining and holiday season is upon us … time to think about your BID’s Christmas lights. Festive illuminations, and the switch-on events surrounding them, provide an opportunity for BIDs to become thriving community hubs in the winter months...



This has been a busy month for ballots with successful outcomes for six new BIDs in Colchester, Colne, Saffron Walden, Stoke-on-Trent, Bishop's Stortford and Maidstone and six renewal ballots in Lancing (Industrial), Newham, Liverpool (Retail & Leisure), Romford, Weymouth and Dorchester. British BIDs Accreditation is a key landmark for many BIDs and it is...


Applications for the 2018 Great British High Streets Awards are now open!

Applications for the 2018 Great British High Streets Awards are now open!  The Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards 2018, which is being run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, sponsored by Visa and backed by other partners, is recognising and celebrating local achievements on our high streets and...


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