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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.

Business Interruption Policy Checker, Christmas Support Payments and Lockdown Guidance and elections

Business Interruption Policy Checker The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has produced a Policy Checker which details the process businesses should follow to check whether their insurance policy covers business interruption losses due to Covid-19. It is important to note that each claim will still need to be individually considered to...


The headlines are gloomy, but our future evolved local high street looks exciting

By Fiona Wright, Director There’s been lots of doom and gloom in the news lately about the state of our high street. Headlines from just the past week tell us that the high street ‘crisis deepens’; consumers ‘see the end of the high street’; and our laziness has ‘killed the...


As we lose a retail icon, we must embrace the change

By Chris Turner, Chief Executive, British BIDs We start the week with our high street losing one of its most iconic and loved brands to the digital world. Fashion retailer Boohoo has bought Debenhams for £55 million - however it is not taking on any of the 118 bricks and...


January's Insight from Chris Turner

BIDs start the year as busy as ever, with a national lockdown, new grants on offer to our levy payers, five ballots taking place this month and another forty before the end of March. Speaking to the BIDs concerned there is sense that running a ballot in full lockdown isn't...


Digital trends in 2021

In this update, Will Wright from DestinationCore talks to us about the digital trends we can expect to see this year. Following my digital trends talk at the virtual National BIDs conference back in November, I have taken five of the key trends which I think will have the biggest impact...


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...


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