National BID Awards

The deadline for 2019 entries has now expired. Thank you to all who have entered in what is the biggest year to date for volume of entries. The National BID Awards offer BIDs the opportunity to tell the industry about the projects they have delivered that they are most proud of. There are three categories; Place Marketing, Place Management and Special Recognition. We are pleased to announce the shortlist below.

The Shortlist

Place Marketing

Manchester BID – Halloween in the City 

For Cardiff – City of Arcades 

Edinburgh West End – West End Character Project

Place Management

South Bank BID – Accessible South Bank 

Sidcup BID – Showcase Sidcup 

Sligo BID – Town Coach Park Facility

Special Recognition

Plymouth Waterfront – Plastic Free Plymouth Waterfront 

Victoria BID – Victoria Emergency Notification System 

Ipswich Central – The Ipswich Vision, 5 years on

You can read all about the 2019 shortlist here


New to 2019

This year, we have launched an additional award that allows you to vote for your favourite project of the nine shortlisted which you feel deserves to win 'BID Industry Favourite 2019'.

Vote here

How winners are decided

The winners of Place Marketing, Place Management and Special Recognition will be considered by the judging panel which is made up of members of the National BIDs Advisory Board (NBAB). The winner of the ‘BID Industry Favourite 2019’ award will be chosen by the public once all votes are received. 

All winners will be announced at the National BIDs Conference in November. 

How do the BID Awards work?

How does it work?

BIDs can enter as many projects in as many categories as they wish. This year’s categories are;

  • Place Marketing - BIDs up and down the country are delivering fantastic marketing projects and which enliven their town and city centres. Now is your chance to share your achievements with the industry! Entries could be for events, a new website/app, launch of a new brand, loyalty schemes, competitions, festive campaigns and much more.
  • Place Management - Does your BID have a project which is improving the area? You may have delivered a great signage project, cleaning scheme, homelessness initiative or a public realm project for example.
  • Special Recognition - A new category introduced for 2019. This category is for projects which do not sit within the Place Management or Place Marketing categories but are still worthy of recognition.
Winner of Place Management award 2018

Watford BID – Building the foundations for our future

• £2.3m redesign of Watford High Street, leading to the new £200m intu extension - to complement intu materials and design

• Restricted access of vehicles to High Street via NPRS, 42% reduction in buses using route.

• Relocation and extension of disabled parking (4 to 6) and taxi facilities (4p/t to 9 f/t), plus new waiting area.

• Cost to the BID = £30,000

• Improved street scape and town centre environment, linking town to intu and ensuring a destination of quality

• Facilitated take up of street pavement licenses for new businesses and existing businesses

• Strong partnership between the BID, Watford Borough Council, Herts CC and LEP

• £13.3m of new investment in the town centre as a result of the partnership.

Winner of Place Marketing award 2018

Newcastle-under-Lyme BID Ltd – The Homecoming 2018

• The Homecoming 2018 was one of a series of events in the area linked with Circus250. Philip Astley, the founder of the modern-day circus was born in Newcastle-underLyme

• The event played to Newcastle-under-Lyme’s historical link with the invention of the Modern Day circus.

• Delivered with Local Authority and Arts Council Funding which the BID applied for.

• Cost to the BID = £5,050.00

How does it work?

BIDs can enter as many projects in as many categories as they wish. This year’s categories are;

Watford BID – Building the foundations for our future

• £2.3m redesign of Watford High Street, leading to the new £200m intu extension - to complement intu materials and design

• Restricted access of vehicles to High Street via NPRS, 42% reduction in buses using route.

• Relocation and extension of disabled parking (4 to 6) and taxi facilities (4p/t to 9 f/t), plus new waiting area.

• Cost to the BID = £30,000

• Improved street scape and town centre environment, linking town to intu and ensuring a destination of quality

• Facilitated take up of street pavement licenses for new businesses and existing businesses

• Strong partnership between the BID, Watford Borough Council, Herts CC and LEP

• £13.3m of new investment in the town centre as a result of the partnership.

Newcastle-under-Lyme BID Ltd – The Homecoming 2018

• The Homecoming 2018 was one of a series of events in the area linked with Circus250. Philip Astley, the founder of the modern-day circus was born in Newcastle-underLyme

• The event played to Newcastle-under-Lyme’s historical link with the invention of the Modern Day circus.

• Delivered with Local Authority and Arts Council Funding which the BID applied for.

• Cost to the BID = £5,050.00