Accreditation

Accreditation, the industry recognised standard, externally assessed by independent auditors, and in line with the National BID Criteria and the National Guiding Principles for a BID.

Following feedback from BIDs the accreditation process now has the option of being able to be completed online. The cost has also been reduced to enable more BIDs to achieve the kitemark.

Accreditation provides an assessment of the following BID components;

Governance

Evaluates the selection process and effectiveness of the board, directors and members of the BID.

Management and Operations

Evaluates the staffing structure, contracts and appraisals. This theme also covers insurance policies and data protection.

Financials

Evaluates the BID financial systems, ensuring professional and transparent procedures.

Performance Management

Evaluates the methods used by the BID to review performance and ensuring the views of levy payers are fed back in to reflect the changing needs of the area.

Communication and Reporting

Evaluates the BID’s communications activity, focussing on how processes and activities are reported to levy payers and how return on investment for levy payers is assessed.

  • Gives BID Managers and their BID Boards reassurance/peace of mind - advises them on the things they need to do to run a well-managed BID


  • Provides positive endorsement from British BIDs, the Industry Body evidencing the quality of work the BID undertakes and its robust governance procedures


  • Increases operational effectiveness and improves standards through a comprehensive review – helps BIDs be the best they can be through advice on how to operate successfully


  • Provides reassurance to levy payers that the BID has effective governance in place and is accountable, transparent and trustworthy therefore giving confidence to businesses that their levy is in safe hands


  • Helps with BID renewals - accreditation adheres to the National BID Industry Criteria which many voters from multiple chains follow when it comes to voting in BID ballots so accredited BIDs can refer to this in their renewal business plans


  • Provides feedback on the BID’s processes to relay to Board and for use in any BID literature


  • Provides a certificate for BIDs who meet the criteria for accreditation – can be used on BID literature, email footers etc and for display in office



“Adherence to the tenets of the National BID Criteria provide the best route to a yes vote from the larger companies.” - John Fletcher, Nationwide Real Estate Manager

“Accreditation helps provide reassurance to levy payers that effective governance and structure is in place to deliver accountable local partnerships which businesses can actively support and engage with in confidence.”- Jim Hubbard, Policy Advisor, British Retail Consortium

“The Bb accreditation process was an easy decision for us. It rubber stamped our operations and governance structure to ensure we meet industry criteria, which is hugely valuable to us as a BID committed to providing accountability and transparency to our levy payers.”- Catherine Turness, Executive Director, Winchester BID

“The Accreditation process is an important part of stopping and reviewing the BID’s objectives and systems. The external evaluation challenges the systems and processes that are in place to ensure they are robust and transparent. Like any profession, having an accreditation process improves standards and reassures customers. ”- Di Powell, Chief Executive, inSwindon BID

“Receiving the accreditation from British BIDs is a positive endorsement and helps Norwich BID to evidence the quality of work and management being delivered in our city centre. The application process enabled our team to effectively review our processes and procedures and ensure we meet the highest quality in our provision for the BID business community.” - Caroline Bidewell, Office and Engagement Executive, Norwich BID

“Accreditation is a mark of the robust and transparent governance that underpins our organisation providing assurance to our members and stakeholders.”- Lee Walker, Nottingham BID Manager

“I found the process effective and efficient with excellent communications from British BIDs Membership support. We used the process as part of our company mid term review for which it certainly helped us look afresh at our BID and provided reassurance on the practices and processes we have in place. Like any business development is important, the accreditation process helped this by identifying areas we could improve and develop which we have now implemented” – Russell Greenslade, Swansea BID

"Going through the accreditation enabled the company to take a step back and re-evaluate how we are operating, look at what we are doing well, and where we can improve. It also provided the Board with a certain level of confidence about how the company is managed, while identifying areas where we can improve, something the Board are always keen to do. The checklist of the documents required is exceptionally useful as is the support provided by British BIDs. Watford BID was successful in its application for accreditation which has provided the Board and our levy payers with confidence about the way the company is managed and the way we work and communicate with our levy payers and stakeholders. I would recommend Bb accreditation to other BIDs" - Maria Manion, Chief Executive, Watford BID Ltd

The process is extremely straightforward and comes in five stages;

Application Form – Self-Assessment (online) – Pre-Audit Assessment – Audit – Board approval

The panel is made up of the National BIDs Advisory Board (NBAB)

Accreditation lasts for three years, full re-application is required there after.

Please ensure you declare evidence files in your application.

Once you have completed the self-assessment you will receive feedback from an independent auditor who will provide advice on your application. The next stage is to submit to the final assessment with any changes to be audited and signed off by the Accreditation Board.

Governance
- Operating Agreement (must be signed)
- Baseline Agreements
- Memorandum and Articles
- Terms of Reference for Board and any other working groups
- List of Board members and the businesses/organisations they represent
- Current business plan


Management and Operations

- Staff structure chart (if available or explanation of staffing hierarchy)
- Example job description (confidential details can be removed)Memorandum and Articles
- Example staff contract (confidential details can be removed)
- Staff handbook
- Staff appraisal template
- Example of a third party contract (confidential details can be removed)
- Procurement policy/financial arrangements
- Copies of all insurance certificates


Financials
- Breakdown of management and overhead costs (rather than the summary that usually appears in the business plan)
- Annual BID levy letter (that goes out with BID bills) or another communication that demonstrates the BID is communicating with levy payer on what they are delivering
- Confirmation of VAT number


Performance Management
- Documentation on project objectives, targets, KPI’s
- Example of a levy payers’ survey


Communications and Reporting
- Example of levy payers’ communication e.g. newsletter
- BID Marketing and Communications Plan/Strategy (for levy payers and consumers)
- Evidence of an open event for levy payers – invite to AGM or other
- Evidence of what return on investment the BID has achieved for levy payers (possibly from results of levy payers’ survey or testimonials) – i.e. cost savings, increased sales, less stock loss

The cost of accreditation is £975 for British BIDs members with their 25% discount. The cost for non-members is £1,300.

If you would like to receive more information regarding the accreditation process, please call us on 0845 112 0118 or email mel@britishbids.info

Baker Street Quarter Partnership
Bath BID
Croydon BID
Hammersmith London
Ilford BID
inSwindon
Ipswich Central
Newbury BID
Norwich BID
Nottingham BID
PaddingtonNow
Shrewsbury BID
Southend BID
Successful Sutton
Swansea BID
The Fitzrovia Partnership
Watford BID
Winchester BID

There are currently 10 BIDs going through the accreditation process.