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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.

March's Insight from Chris Turner

As spring arrives, we seem to be entering a time of greater hope and enthusiasm, and much is happening. The four weeks since the February Insight have been busy for BIDs across the country, with 17 successful ballots, in Bangor, WeAreWaterloo, MakeItEaling, Team London Bridge, Northampton, Pontypridd, Sheffield, The Bath...


Retail repositioning continues

By Ben Collins, Associate Director The news that Greggs are to open 100 new shops in 2021 - despite reporting a COVID caused first loss for 36 years - is an encouraging sign for our High Streets. The announcement, made on the back of an evolved model that has seen them...


Colour and animation for magical lights this Christmas - GALA LIGHTS

by Christopher Stille, Gala Lights Managing Director Christmas 2021 is going to be more important than ever so why not add colour and animation to your lights, to deliver the extra-special festive season we all want and deserve. Our new Infinity Collection of illuminations uses Twinkly Pro new generation LED...


The recovery Budget delivered, where now for our towns and cities?

So the Chancellor this week delivered what was the most trailed Budget in memory, and it was a very mixed response to what has been the crisis of our time. The Chancellor said that he is providing businesses with £100 billion of support to get through the pandemic, and there...


£1bn Towns Fund for 45 areas in England announced

Yesterday (3rd March 2021), Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced £1bn towards 45 areas of England as part of his 2021 Budget. The government said the money would help to "level up" towns and aid recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.  We are delighted at the news of these areas receiving the fund and...


February ballot results – a congratulations from the British BIDs team

Since England went into its second lockdown almost three months ago (January 5th), we have seen several BIDs achieve a successful ballot. This is such brilliant news for our industry, and each week we put the spotlight on those BIDs and send our congratulations to each and every one of...


February's Insight from Chris Turner

This has been a phenomenally busy month for BIDs across the country, with work on ballots, levy collection, government support, future planning for town centres, and permitted development rights. Some 38 BIDs are planning for their ballots before the end of March. We know that a few BIDs have already...


Letter on proposed new Permitted Development Rights

We are determined that the government reconsiders its plans to extend permitted development rights which would mean that shops, restaurants and gyms can be converted to housing without any planning permission.  We have been working with fellow business organisations on this issue and signed the letter to Robert Jenrick which can be seen...


Watford BID overcoming the challenges to secure a ‘YES’ vote

We are delighted at the recent news of Watford BID achieving a successful renewal ballot this month and we send our congratulations to the team! Businesses in Watford have noticed the invaluable work that has been actioned by the BID not only over the last five years, but especially since...


BID ballots during lockdown

By Ben Collins, Client Relationship Manager I recently had the pleasure of catching up with Lucy Stanford and Carla Jones, the BID Managers for Nottingham and Newquay respectively, for the latest British BIDs podcast recording. The topic of discussion was ‘BID Ballots during lockdown’, with both Lucy and Carla steering their...


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