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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.

From BBC news, to virtual meetings & training, we reflect on the past 3 months

Yesterday saw the long-awaited reopening of shops for our town and city centres in England. In the lead-up to this, the team at British BIDs have worked hard to provide as much support as we can to BIDs and key stakeholders.  By leading the BID industry, we have supported more...

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BBC News Channel - Professor Christopher Turner

A number of safety measures have been put in place across our town and city centres to encourage shoppers back following the virus pandemic. Our Chief Executive, Chris Turner discusses this live on BBC News. ...

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Industrial and Business Park BIDs share good practice with virtual networking sessions

Since lockdown, a group of 20 Industrial and Business Park BIDs have met twice via virtual networking calls to discuss issues, share good practice and provide support.  The group, chaired by Steve Sawyer who manages Manor Royal BID near Gatwick Airport, and who is also on the British BIDs Advisory Board...

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New research on BIDs and the 'new normal'

Working in collaboration with Nottingham BID and NEF Consulting, British BIDs today unveils new research, which explores the impacts of COVID-19 for the BID industry.  Titled 'BIDs and their 'new normal: Their response to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020', the research is underpinned by in-depth research into the wider perceptions of...

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Important announcement: MHCLG BID Loan Fund

British BIDs (Bb) has acted for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in administering the BID Loan Fund since September 2013. In that time, we have helped to support 23 locations through successful BID development, generating £47,174,592 of additional investment in those places. In 2013, we agreed to support...

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Ed Cooke joins British BIDs Advisory Board

The former CEO of Revo has been announced as the newest addition to the British BIDs’ (Bb) Advisory Board. Ed Cooke brings a wealth of experience of the retail and property landscape to the Board and he will provide the Board with invaluable insight into evolving global and consumer trends. Ed...

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THAT WAS THE BB WEEK THAT WAS #9 (W/C 18TH MAY)

It was exactly 7pm on Monday 23rd March that the ‘world’ changed, probably forever. The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, addressed us as to the impending threat of COVID-19 and locked down a nation. BID areas were forcibly brought to halt for all but businesses within the category ‘essential’. In the subsequent weeks...

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THAT WAS THE BB WEEK THAT WAS #8 (W/C 11TH MAY)

COVID-19 has introduced a new pastime for the UK population as lockdown has persisted. So, for this week’s TWTBbWTW, we thought we would review the week with 7 questions covering the main daily topics. Let’s see how clever you are: Q1 Monday 11th May – Bb launched a new toolkit...

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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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