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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.

British BIDs and Industrial BIDs discuss crime prevention

Business Park and Industrial BIDs met online last month for the sixth time since May to share good practice and learn new tips on how to prevent and detect crime through a useful presentation given by representatives of the Business Crime Partnership (BCP).  The group, chaired by Steve Sawyer who...


Government names 72 high streets in England to share £831m recovery fund

The government has named 72 high streets across England that have been selected to receive £831m of investment to help fund their recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect jobs. Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, said the money would “help our much-loved town centres get through...


A look back on 2020 BID ballots

Here we are at the end of 2020, and what a memorable yet challenging year it has been for us all. Despite the challenges we have been presented with, we must remember the strength and resilience that we all have shown in order to adapt. BIDs up and down the...


December's insight from Chris Turner

This month has been a frantic end to what has been a pretty appalling year! The Arcadia and Debenhams failures will have a major impact on many of our high streets, although the news was slightly allayed by the arrival of a vaccine. There are already innovative plans being drawn...


#BIDlife - putting the spotlight on our towns and cities!

This year has been anything but normal for us all, but no matter what, we know that BIDs are here to stay and that our towns and cities will continue to evolve.  We love seeing what BIDs are doing in their places, so, each month we are asking you to send...


How can and should BIDs be more community focused?

We all know that BIDs have an invaluable role to play in our governance structure, acting as the custodians on behalf of our business districts.  When looking at BIDs over the last 20 years, in the most recent years we have seen more emphasis on how we work with our...


Christmas lights provide feel-good factor in challenging times

Christmas lights have been more in-demand than ever, as BIDs around the country seek to draw visitors back with eye-catching displays. The festive season is always a special time, but we’ve really noticed customers wanting to make a big impact and raise spirits through Christmas lights this year. 2020 has...


Welsh guidance about the coronavirus rules that will be in place from 6pm Friday 4 December

Welsh Government has announced that from 6pm on 4th December: restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs will be required to close and alcohol cannot be served at any time; entertainment venues and indoor tourist attractions will be required to close. This includes:  cinemasbowling alleysoft play centresskating rinksmuseumsgalleriesbingo hallscasinosamusement arcadestheatres and concert...


Repurposing our places for the future

This year has accelerated the structural change that has been ongoing for many years on the built environment of our towns and cities, and there is a lot to be done post-Covid.  From recently having Holly and Izzy (Ellandi) speak at our National BIDs Conference, we learnt that there is a...


Arcadia Group – Guidance for BIDs, 1 December 2020

It has been announced that administrators have been appointed at the Arcadia Group. The group had been seeking extra cash to help it plug the gap from lost sales during the pandemic which has had “a material impact on trading.” The administration will provide Arcadia with protection from its creditors...


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