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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.

Amazon clicks and thirsty punters… now for business rates

Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer is back in the headlines today, reporting its net sales rising by 44pc to $108.5 billion in Q1 2021. It’s far from gloomy for our high streets however as newly reopened pubs and restaurants this month sold twice as many drinks as they did before the...


Welcome people back to your high street with Plantscape’s floral displays

With the UK’s pubs and restaurants slowly opening, businesses and town centres are coming up with innovative ways of ensuring social distancing measures can be adhered to whilst retaining a relaxed and attractive atmosphere for visitors. The Welcome Back Fund is providing councils across England a share of £56 million...


High streets a part of life?

High streets are a part of life, ‘a permanent part of being human’ says Primark’s boss after reporting record sales last week.  We couldn’t agree more. Yes, high streets may be undergoing drastic change, and we believe their future is a good mix of businesses, quality homes, green spaces, libraries...


BIDlife - Send us your reopening photos

How was your reopening? Share your photos with us! Monday was a huge day for our industry, as we saw the reopening of non-essential retail, beauty, gyms, outdoor dining and much more. After a long three months in what was our third lockdown, it's great to see businesses begin to...


April's Insight from Chris Turner - 2021

We are now moving into a new phase of the pandemic exit, and much is happening in BIDs, as many of our towns and cities partially reopened on Monday. Of course, the roadmap is very different in the four administrations, and many of our national levy payers and BIDs have...


The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil BID and Northfield BID achieve Accreditation

We are pleased to congratulate The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil BID in Wales and Northfield BID in Birmingham on receiving British BIDs Accreditation. Both BIDs have achieved the industry recognised standard, externally assessed by independent auditors. Chris Turner, CEO of British BIDs said “I wish to congratulate both BIDs...


Maybe* - 7 ways to reconnect with your BID levy payers and their customers

Blog by Maybe* After a year of lockdowns, we are all looking forward to the High Street being open and safe. However, it's worth remembering that during lockdown consumers behaviour has changed. We have all by necessity become much more digital. So whilst the physical preparations continue to adapt for...


March’s ballot results – a congratulations from British BIDs

Another month has passed whilst being in a national lockdown, but it isn’t all bad news as we’ve seen several more BIDs achieve a successful ballot result, securing a 5-year term for renewing and developing BIDs across the country.  During the lockdown we have been talking to BIDs on the...


Ballot Buddy helps achieve a new term for Sheffield BID

By Emily Richards, Associate Director (Marketing) Last month, Sheffield BID achieved a successful ‘yes’ vote. Now in their second term, the votes cast in favour successfully unlock £4million of investment over the next five years. In the emergence of COVID-19 and the effects this went on to have for BIDs...


British BIDs meets with UK's largest national chains

British BIDs recently hosted a positive meeting with senior representatives from some of the UK’s largest national chains including JD Sports, Loungers, Cosy Club, William Hill, Dunelm and Boots. The discussion focused on the benefits of communications between BIDs and national chains and the opportunities to work more collaboratively in...


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