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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.

British BIDs and The Means are delighted with GO! Southampton BIDs successful ballot

British BIDs and The Means are delighted with GO! Southampton Business Improvement District’s (BID) successful ballot outcome following the close of ballot on 11th November.   The BID result was a fantastic outcome for the BID team with 91.4% of levy payers supporting the BID by 92.2% rateable value and a...


British BIDs to welcome new BIDs to the Ballot Buddy portfolio

We are pleased to welcome two new BIDs to our Ballot Buddy portfolio in North Notts and Gloucester. These BIDs join Inswindon who are currently utilising Ballot Buddy ahead of their upcoming renewal in January. Barrow BID, Chichester BID, Totally Stockport and Discover King’s Lynn have all recently used Ballot Buddy...


November's Insight from Chris Turner

This has been a very busy four weeks for ballots, with 15 successful BIDs since the last Insight in October. Congratulations go to Angel BID, Love Loughborough, Wight BID, Vauxhall One, Retail BID Birmingham, Wakefield BID, Sutton Coldfield BID, Croydon Town Centre BID, Love Wimbledon, Peterborough BID, Stockport BID, Melton...


Unemployment is falling, but our recovery is patchy

The Chancellor will be happy with this morning’s unemployment figures. The UK’s jobless rate has fallen to 4.3 per cent, the number of workers on payroll has jumped to 29.3 million, and we’ve seen no spike in redundancies at the end of furlough in September.  The headline figures may look...


National BIDs Conference 2021

On 4th November 2021, we held our National BIDs Conference at the iconic Leadenhall Building in London. After last year’s conference taking place virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions, it was fantastic to get the industry together for a day of learning and networking. We hope you enjoyed the day!  Our three...


Budget 2021 - letter to Chancellor

Ahead of Budget 2021 this Wednesday (27th October), we have written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak in which we have asked for the below practical measures that will help our high streets, towns and cities.  Read the full letter here. 1. Keep the 66% business rates discount in place until the tax is...


October's Insight from Chris Turner

October is proving to be a very busy month for BIDs across the British Isles in both the ballot and policy arenas. Ballots are returning in number, sometimes with great success and sadly in some cases failure. Thus, our congratulations to Destination Cathedral Quarter BID, Strabane BID, Hull BID, Station...


High street app attracts thousands of visitors to Lanark

Members of the public had a roar-some time exploring Lanark this summer through the LoyalFree app. Discover Lanark invited intrepid hunters to track down 20 giant dinosaurs with their family-friendly, Jurassic Lanark Trail. LoyalFree and Discover Lanark began working together in June 2020 and currently 4,300 people use the app...


September's Insight from Chris Turner

Business slowly returns to normal across BIDs up-and-down the British Isles. Clearly some of our big city centres are responding very differently to the smaller market towns and suburban BIDs. Nonetheless, the world feels that it is returning to some degree of normality as schools, colleges and universities reopen; last...


Getting back on track

Last week the rail industry warned that unless workers start taking the train again, there could be long-term adverse effects on city centres and High Streets. We took this opportunity to catch up with Ruth Duston OBE, OC, Managing Director at Primera and British BIDs Advisory Board member.  Ruth Duston...


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