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Welcome to The British BIDs Podcast

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‘Going Green’ is the ambitious green infrastructure masterplan that Colmore BID have been working on, and in our latest podcast you can find out more about the toolkit.

Linen Quarter BID have been hard at work bringing visitors and shoppers back into our city centre since the pandemic. One of their flagship projects last summer was launching the Golden Mile. You can find out more in our recent podcast.

Hinckley BIDs 11th annual pancake race was their first event of the year, and took place on the main shopping street. They had a record 140 entries, including school children and 20 people living with disabilities.

Listen to our podcast with Hinckley BID to find out more.

Bournemouth Coastal BID has partnered with a local charity called Grounded Community to turn food waste from businesses into vegetables for food banks. Fiona McArthur runs the BID and explains more in our podcast.

This month is independents month (July 2021), where we celebrate and support our incredible local independent businesses. It’s important we get out and shop local in July - but also throughout the summer, and the whole year. We braved the rain to talk to some independents along with Hemel Hempstead BID.

We are seeing office space rapidly evolve in our towns and city centres and on the fringes. Zoe Ellis-Moore from Spaces for Places and Rupert Dean from x+why talk us through what is happening.

Listen to the full conversation on Apple or Spotify or here https://anchor.fm/british-bids...

Pent up demand? It’s been just over 3 weeks since we started reopening our towns and cities - and we checked in with Saffron Walden BID to see how their high street is doing.

Listen to the full conversation on Apple or Spotify or here https://anchor.fm/british-bids...

We’re headed off to the below places (virtually) to find out what the teams are doing to help their towns and cities reopen from 12th April. You can listen to the full conversation on our industry podcast in places like Apple and Spotify.

  • Swansea
  • Epson
  • Hammersmith
  • Croydon
  • Putney
  • Bradford

With the roadmap underway to ease lockdown, next week is the Chancellor’s Budget 2021 and it's an important one. A formal review of business rates will take place in the Autumn. In the latest British BIDs Podcast, we discussed what the Chancellor needs to announce for us to properly recover from the pandemic.

IT’S A YES! If you’ve got a ballot coming up in the next few weeks, then our latest podcast episode is for you! We’re joined by Carla from tag Newquay BID and Lucy from Nottingham BID who both went through ballots during the pandemic and achieved successful results. They share their experiences and practical tips.

What will 2021 bring our towns and cities? Chair of the Advisory Board Nic Durston from South Bank BID joins Chris, Ben and Fiona for this year’s final episode of The British BIDs Podcast. They give their verdict on the past year and look ahead to what 2021 will bring us. Catch the full conversation on our industry podcast in all the usual places likes Apple and Spotify.

Epsom is an example of a suburban town that’s benefiting from many of its residents not commuting into London and instead spending locally. We spoke remotely to Karen Pengelly at Epson BID and local business owners Angie and Carolina to find out how it has been going since shops have reopened since Covid.

The issue of returning back to the workplace has dominated our national conversation over recent weeks, it is a complex conversation and the impact varies greatly between our city centres, suburban towns and villages. We brought together Business Improvement Districts of a range of sizes and locations to discuss what we can do to help bring people back to work safely. Between them they represent thousands of offices as well as retail and hospitality businesses that rely on them.

Steve Sawyer from Manor Royal BID is a valued member of our Advisory Board. The Board will be very helpful to businesses and BIDs now more than ever, as we recover from Covid-19. You can catch the full conversation on The British BIDs podcast in the usual places such as Spotify, Apple.

Our towns and cities are finalising their plans to reopen from next week, and BIDs like Leicester BID are at the centre of efforts up and down the country - joining people and communities up. Catch the full conversation with Simon Jenner from the BID on The British BIDs Podcast.

As our businesses begin to re-open, we’ve done some detailed research with NEF Consulting and Nottingham BID]which shows the change in our high streets will be monumental. There’s no going back to 12 weeks ago. More here with our Chief Exec Chris Turner - watch the full interview and listen to the full podcast on The British BIDs Podcast available on Apple, Spotify and all other channels.

Or you can view the full interview here.

BIDs across the country are adapting to the pandemic in big ways - take Swansea BID who are refusing to let COVID19 spoil its summer events season! From talent contests and variety shows it’s all going ahead - virtually! Russell from the BID joins us to discuss this and much more.

The Bath community has come together to plan the city centre’s re-opening as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 100 people joined with Bath BID to give their ideas for the ‘Big Bath Welcome Back’! More here with Allison and you can listen to our full conversation on The British BIDs Podcast.

Towns and cities across the UK are busy planning how they restart post #COVID19. Trish from Coventry BID joins us to discuss their efforts in kick starting their local economy - and you can listen to the full conversation on The British BIDs podcast available in the usual places such as Apple. Please forgive the sound quality as we're recording these remotely to keep everyone safe.

#RaiseTheBar is a campaign calling on government to raise the £51,000 rateable value threshold to help our retail, leisure and hospitality survive through COVID19. Croydon BID is behind it, and Matthew Sims joins us to tell us how it came about, and how Croydon is navigating the recovery phase.

Good communication between BIDs, levy payers, landlords and customers will be key as we navigate the crucial recovery phase after COVID-19. That’s why we are thrilled to parter with Mallcomm and introduce their tool to our towns and city centres.

On this podcast we're off to Cornwall (remotely of course) where we catch up with Helen from St Ives BID. Businesses there are using real ingenuity to get through the crisis - a fisherman has set up a Facebook page with PayPal links, takes orders on Messenger, and delivers your fresh fish the next day! We also discuss recovery in St Ives and much more on episode 9 of The British BIDs Podcast.

Health and safety, machinery, staff, stock, public safety - just some of the challenges businesses in Cambridge are grappling with as they look to the coronavirus recovery phase. Ian from Cambridge BID joins us to discuss this and more.

BIDs are helping their communities during the lockdown in innovative ways. Melanie my My Milton Keynes is putting unused BID assets to work to deliver food parcels to vulnerable residents. Mel joins us remotely to discuss this and much more in our latest update.

BIDs up and down the country are using COVID-19 lockdown as an opportunity to improve their communities. New West End Company is deep-cleaning the streets of London's West End while they're empty. Chief Executive Jace Tyrrell joins us for our latest episode to discuss this and much more.

BIDs such as Orpington 1st are stepping up to promote local businesses as they evolve their services during the COVID 19 lockdown. Chris from the BID joins us remotely to talk about their work and its impact in this latest episode of our industry podcasts.

Be it gyms or pubs, businesses up and down the country are showing real entrepreneurial spirit and innovation in serving their communities during this COVID-19 crisis. We talk about this with Naomi from Hemel Hempstead BID in the latest episode of our BID industry.

BIDs, such as Hammersmith BID, are working hard for their high streets, and towns and cities during this horrible outbreak of COVID-19. In Hammersmith, they are getting banks together virtually to help local businesses bust some of the jargon and complex information. Patricia from the BID joins us to discuss this and much more.

One Oswestry BID is working around the clock to help local businesses as they deal with the impact of Coronavirus. Thanks to Adele for joining us we discuss some of the challenges, initiatives and success stories coming out of the situation. Forgive the audio quality as we are recording these episodes remotely to keep everyone safe, and we're getting information out as quickly as possible.

We launch our first podcast of the series by speaking to Vaughan Allen, Chief Executive of CityCo and Manchester BID. In this episode, we discuss how the BID and city is responding to Coronavirus, sharing advice and challenges currently being faced.