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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:

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 and by when? How do I decide upon my levy rules? These are just some of the questions we receive from BIDs we speak to on a day-to-day basis.   

In this  2.5 hour online course, we will cover what needs to happen and when to ensure that your ballot operates in line with the BID regulations, timings and tactics required to gain the support that you will need to increase your chances of a successful turnout.  

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

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13th January, 10:30am - 1pm

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Online

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18th February, 10:30am - 1pm

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6th May, 10:30am - 1pm

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16th September, 10:30am - 1pm

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25th November 10:30am - 1pm

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Online

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 - 1pm

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17th June, 10:30am - 1pm

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19th October, 10:30am - 1pm

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Online

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.  It is important for BID teams to help their businesses reacclimatise by imparting their place-shaping knowledge.

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 highlight the importance of place-shaping and provide you with ideas to help plan the future of your place.

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9th March, 10:30am - 1pm

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15th June, 10:30am - 1pm

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23rd September, 10:30am - 1pm

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That time has come again where you need to begin writing your business plan. Writing a compelling business plan is no easy task, particularly following the events of Covid-19 and the effects this has had on businesses.  

Nonetheless, you still want your business plan to be exciting, engaging and relevant to empower both your BID team and your business community. 

British BIDs' Business Plan Criteria captures vital national levy payer perspectives and identifies the information they expect to see in a business plan if they are to support it at ballot.  

National businesses play a major role in supporting and sustaining BIDs, and their levy payments are an important part of the national investment in town centres. A BID’s business plan must highlight the value it brings to the place and businesses.  

This 2.5 hour course, led by our Chief Executive, Chris Turner, covers all of the above and much more in a detailed workshop with all the aspects required to ensure that your business plan covers everything that a levy payer would expect to see ahead of casting their vote in a BID ballot. 

This course is aimed at anybody involved in a BID ballot. 

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30th March, 10:30am - 1pm

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12th May, 10:30am - 1pm

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5th October, 10:30am - 1pm

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Online

Whether you are developing a BID, working in a BID, a Board member, new to the world of BIDs, or just thinking of becoming involved, it is crucial that you know as much as possible. This course covers all of the essential information you need to know about the BID industry.  

This 2.5 hour online course will include examples of best practice in terms of the ballot process, project delivery and governance.  You will gain a strong understanding in how the BID industry has evolved over time and key elements surrounding how BIDs are  developed, managed, renewed, monitored and more besides. 


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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15th April, 10:30am - 1pm

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29th July, 10:30am - 1pm

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Online

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 the regulatory requirements of both parties and is equally relevant whether the BID in question is already in operation or in the development stages. The course covers the responsibilities of the Local Authority including baseline agreements, BID boundaries, BID proposals, levy rules and much more. 

This 2.5 hour online 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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Tuesday 27th April, 10:30am - 1pm

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Tuesday 7th September, 10:30am - 1pm

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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 is vital.This 2.5 hour online 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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15th July, 10:30am - 1pm

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16th November, 10:30am - 1pm

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Online