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Introducing the British BIDs Online Academy 

Now is a great time to maximise training opportunities with our Online Academy. Due to current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we encourage staff to undertake online training to enhance their knowledge. Brought to you by expert professionals in their field, we have a wide selection of courses across multiple topics. 

Our training courses will be held online via Zoom, which can be downloaded from the App Store or used via desktop. Zoom requires an audio connection and an optional video connection. Please ensure you have these available before signing up to our courses. 

Pricing information:

All our courses are £100+vat for non-members and £75+vat for members. Bb members continue to receive a minimum of 25% discount on all courses. With the launch of the Bb Online Academy, we are also offering an exclusive 3 for 2 discount offer. If you'd like more details on this please contact contact@britishbids.info.

Current courses available to book are:

Writing a compelling business plan is no easy task. 

British BIDs has updated its annual Advisory Guide for 2020. Capturing vital national levy payer perspectives, the guide identified what information they expect to see in a business plan if they are to support it at ballot.  

National levy payers in many of our towns and cities play a major role in supporting and sustaining BIDs, and their levy payments are an important part of the national investment in town centres. 

This 2.5 hour course will cover the criteria in a detailed workshop with all the aspects required to ensure that your business plan covers the required aspects.

This course is aimed at BID managers and senior staff. 

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19th November, 10.30 - 1pm

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Online is more important than ever before but how do you use your channels efficiently to make best use of available content and time?  

Connecting with your levy payers with the right message, in the right place and at the right time is vital. 

In this 2.5 hour course, we will cover top tips and ideas for utilising digital channels to listen to, engage with and promote your levy payers.  

This course is aimed at Marketing Executives, Marketing Managers and Communication Executives in the BID industry. 

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2nd February, 10:30am - 1.00pm

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Running a BID ballot at any time can be confusing and highly technical – “when do I serve the required notices….what do the council need….how do I decide upon my levy rules?” are just some of the normal questions.   

But, if your ballot is due prior to March 31st 2021, you will be thinking about the landscape to which your BID will be in and the expectations of your levy payers after the economic shock that COVID-19 has caused.  

In this 2.5 hour online course, we will cover the legal requirements, issues of timing of the ballot and tactics to gain the support that you will need. 

This course is aimed at BID managers, Directors, and senior staff. 

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Budgeting requires careful attention and consideration throughout a BID’s full term. 

It is crucial that a BID understands its finances and the importance of reforecasting where required. 

This 2.5 hour course will look at good financial management and associated cash control, with an emphasis on how to adapt financial planning to suit changing circumstances such as those we currently find ourselves in. 

This course is aimed at BID managers and senior staff. 

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Even before COVID-19 struck, places and consumers were changing faster than ever before. Home-working, internet trading and heightened competition were all contributing factors in challenging the meaning, relevance and importance of place. Yet, as the UK emerges from this crisis, the commercial landscape will appear very different. Some businesses may not survive whilst others will adapt their offer; consumers will take time to go back to their former habits or they may never do so.   

Places were becoming very different prior to the emergency, now we will discover “a different kind of different”. The meaning and future of place will be more important than ever, and BIDs and property owners will need to take a leadership role in planning for the future. 

In this 2.5 hour online course, delivered in conjunction with Savills Place, we will train you in the art of place-shaping and provide you with the toolkit to help plan the future of your place. 

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Understanding what management is and how a particular style of management impacts others is a vital component to managing people well and developing effective teams. 

It is important to understand the right balance to achieve a task against the importance of maintaining team and individual commitment.   

In this 2-hour online course, we will cover the core principles behind managing and motivating other people, with practical tools and techniques to enhance their ‘people skills’.   

This course is aimed at team leaders, managers and senior staff who wish to further develop and build upon their existing skills. 

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Whether you are developing a BID, working in a BID, a Board member, or just thinking of becoming involved, it is crucial that you know as much as possible. This course will cover all of the essential information you need to know about BID industry. From the inception of BIDs in the UK and how the industry has evolved to how BIDs are developed, managed, renewed, monitored and much more. The course will include examples of best practice in terms of the ballot process, project delivery and governance. 

Helen Tripconey from St Ives BID said;

"I recently attended the introduction to BIDs course run by Chris Turner which was incredibly useful in so many ways. Meeting other BID employees from different parts of the country and with different roles and sharing stories and ideas was invaluable. Chris was not only a mind of information but also his experience as a BID professional provided not only fact but also evoked ideas and encouraged enthusiasm. As I came from a non BID background I certainly felt the day helped both my role as a BID manager and my confidence grow a great deal. 

Kyle Wilkie from Collectively Camberley BID said;

"The course was a great insight into the finer details of how a BID should run. I have been part of the Camberley BID for a while but it made me realise how much there is to learn and how all BIDs come across the same challenges daily. The course gave a great insight into other BIDs too as we were able to network and talk with various other BID members from across the country. I would highly recommend this course for new team members and those looking to learn more about BIDs in the UK."

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The relationship between a BID and its Local Authority is an important one. It is crucial that both parties have a mutual understanding of one another’s obligations. This course covers these respective regulatory requirements of both parties. This course is equally relevant whether the BID in question is already in operation or in the development stages. The course covers all of the responsibilities of the Local Authority including baseline agreements, BID boundaries, BID proposals, levy rules and much more. This course is equally suitable for BID employees and Directors as well as Local Authority employees.

Sharon Strutt from London Borough of Redbridge said;

‘I found the course really helpful providing a clear step by step approach to the BID process. The course offers an invaluable guide for Local Authorities either setting up a BID for the first time or going through a BID Renewal process.'

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If you are a developing BID that is heading towards a ballot, then this course is essential. Documenting in a clear step by step chronology what must be done, when it needs to be done and how to maximise your chances of a successful ballot outcome. The course will cover everything that you need to know as a developing BID. 

It will also provide the opportunity to virtually network with industry peers who are also approaching their ballots.

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