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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.

The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil BID and Northfield BID achieve Accreditation

We are pleased to congratulate The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil BID in Wales and Northfield BID in Birmingham on receiving British BIDs Accreditation. Both BIDs have achieved the industry recognised standard, externally assessed by independent auditors. Chris Turner, CEO of British BIDs said “I wish to congratulate both BIDs...

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Maybe* - 7 ways to reconnect with your BID levy payers and their customers

Blog by Maybe* After a year of lockdowns, we are all looking forward to the High Street being open and safe. However, it's worth remembering that during lockdown consumers behaviour has changed. We have all by necessity become much more digital. So whilst the physical preparations continue to adapt for...

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March’s ballot results – a congratulations from British BIDs

Another month has passed whilst being in a national lockdown, but it isn’t all bad news as we’ve seen several more BIDs achieve a successful ballot result, securing a 5-year term for renewing and developing BIDs across the country.  During the lockdown we have been talking to BIDs on the...

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Ballot Buddy helps achieve a new term for Sheffield BID

By Emily Richards, Associate Director (Marketing) Last month, Sheffield BID achieved a successful ‘yes’ vote. Now in their second term, the votes cast in favour successfully unlock £4million of investment over the next five years. In the emergence of COVID-19 and the effects this went on to have for BIDs...

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British BIDs meets with UK's largest national chains

British BIDs recently hosted a positive meeting with senior representatives from some of the UK’s largest national chains including JD Sports, Loungers, Cosy Club, William Hill, Dunelm and Boots. The discussion focused on the benefits of communications between BIDs and national chains and the opportunities to work more collaboratively in...

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March's Insight from Chris Turner

As spring arrives, we seem to be entering a time of greater hope and enthusiasm, and much is happening. The four weeks since the February Insight have been busy for BIDs across the country, with 17 successful ballots, in Bangor, WeAreWaterloo, MakeItEaling, Team London Bridge, Northampton, Pontypridd, Sheffield, The Bath...

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Retail repositioning continues

By Ben Collins, Associate Director The news that Greggs are to open 100 new shops in 2021 - despite reporting a COVID caused first loss for 36 years - is an encouraging sign for our High Streets. The announcement, made on the back of an evolved model that has seen them...

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Colour and animation for magical lights this Christmas - GALA LIGHTS

by Christopher Stille, Gala Lights Managing Director Christmas 2021 is going to be more important than ever so why not add colour and animation to your lights, to deliver the extra-special festive season we all want and deserve. Our new Infinity Collection of illuminations uses Twinkly Pro new generation LED...

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The recovery Budget delivered, where now for our towns and cities?

So the Chancellor this week delivered what was the most trailed Budget in memory, and it was a very mixed response to what has been the crisis of our time. The Chancellor said that he is providing businesses with £100 billion of support to get through the pandemic, and there...

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£1bn Towns Fund for 45 areas in England announced

Yesterday (3rd March 2021), Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced £1bn towards 45 areas of England as part of his 2021 Budget. The government said the money would help to "level up" towns and aid recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.  We are delighted at the news of these areas receiving the fund and...

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