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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.

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...


Calling on the Government to do more to support Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

Together, Croydon BID, British BIDs, ATCM and The BID Foundation have created ‘Bounce Back Better’ – a manifesto of asks that will help support the retail, hospitality and leisure sector to survive. Our asks are very much in line with partners leading their particular sectors. We hope to provide additional...


Increase your footfall over the festive period - Blachere Illumination

At Blachere Illumination we are as concerned as British BIDs at the level of footfall right across the UK and how this affects our local businesses ability to continue to trade. When lockdowns are lifted, the pandemic may still affect how the public perceive returning to our high streets, after...


The shop local and loyal revolution from Scottish fintech Miconex with Town and City Gift Cards and Mi Rewards

Driving local economic recovery at a place level and encouraging people to shop local continues to be the mission for Miconex who has introduced 17 new Town and City Gift Card programmes in 2020, taking its total number of local gift card programmes to more than 50. The first Town...


November's insight from Chris Turner

This Insight is coming out right in the middle of the latest lockdown in England, and it is affecting all of us. Some BIDs have been in lockdown for many months and we hope to come out of this as soon as possible. One senior BID Chief Exec said last week that at least with a vaccine in the offing there is the...


LoyalFree: The high street app helping businesses trade through the lockdown

LoyalFree, the multi award winning place promotion app, is once again looking at innovative ways to support businesses up and down the UK through a lockdown. Widely used, the app is currently available in 26 towns and cities and helps connect locals with special offers, events and trails, encouraging the...


BID community prepares for second lockdown

As you know, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that non-essential retail and hospitality services will be forced to close from 5 November – 2 December, during a four-week lockdown in England. Here are some considerations for you and your BID. If you can, you must work from home...


Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/... The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, the Chancellor announced today, 9 October. Published 9 October 2020 Last updated 12 October 2020 — see all updates From: HM Treasury and The Rt Hon Rishi...


Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - 1st November 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme) has been extended for a month and will remain open until December, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. Under the extended scheme, the cost for employers of retaining workers...


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