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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.

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...


Bb joins national campaign to encourage workers back to offices

Return to the office British BIDs is working with a whole range of our members on restarting their economies. We know that the past few months have been incredibly difficult for everyone but slowly cases of COVID have continued to fall in most of the country. In many BID areas...



Guest BlogBy Fiona McArthur, Bournemouth Coastal BID Over lockdown, we were lucky enough to get one of the Covid Additional Restriction Grants, and we used some of that money to invest in a fully electric truck. The truck has been busy deep cleaning our town and supporting our businesses...



We are no longer being advised to work from home. This is especially good news for our city centres which rely on their large office populations, and our new part-home part-office work weeks will no doubt continue to benefit our suburban towns too. We hope this is the last of...


January's Insight from Chris Turner

Insight January 2022 This is the first Insight for 2022 and I wish you a very happy New Year. The Prime Minister has now announced the withdrawal of Plan B lockdown rules and we do seem to be looking to a 2022 that might see the beginning of a post-pandemic...


Businesses need clarity from government in 2022

We begin the new year with depressing figures for our high streets and shopping centres. December, supposed to be the traditionally busy month for our hospitality and retail, saw a slump in footfall.Figures from Springboard show footfall down by more than a fifth on 2019 levels, and 24 per cent...


Over 100 destinations urge UK government to deliver 'business booster

We have partnered with Croydon BID and over 100 more businesses to call on the Government to support the retail, hospitality and leisure sector before it is too late. The campaign reaches every town and city across the UK as we look to support our businesses at a time of crisis. The...


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