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The Virtual National BIDs Conference

5th November
The Power of 10: A celebration of BIDs and what the future holds

Despite the challenges of 2020, British BIDs is celebrating its 10th birthday and we are inviting you to join us for the BID Conference of the year on 5th November, themed around the power of 10. 

Our mission is to create a virtual conference experience which is personal, brings quality, and represents value for the industry in a challenging year. 

BIDs are facing a hugely challenging agenda as we emerge from COVID-19, with much to be considered. Our Virtual National BIDs Conference 2020 will be an opportunity to debate these issues and share our insights. What does the future look like for BIDs?

For more information about the Virtual National BIDs Conference please contact contact@britishbids.info

  • Excellent quality research: Hours of time goes into researching and understanding exactly what the industry needs to know, now and in the future. Attend our conference to hear about the key findings from the comprehensive research we have undertaken throughout the year.
  • We are making networking easy: The conference ensures that our industry is able to come together at this difficult time.
  • There is much to celebrate: As we turn 10, we are inviting you to celebrate with us, bringing you a packed agenda and reasons to be positive about the future of our industry.
  • We all need some guidance: Our places are changing forever and our conference will offer guidance and expertise as we head towards 2021.
  • Our guest speakers are hugely diverse in their respective area's of expertise: This means our research and learnings will be beneficial for Local Authorities, BIDs, suppliers and individual's with an interest in the industry.

9am - Chance to network

9:30am - Welcome

10 years of delivery - Highlights and trends from the BID world over the past 10 years

What have we have learnt from 2020? - The key findings from the research undertaken by British BIDs throughout 2020. What have and can we learn from each other?

Business plans of the future - What will levy paying businesses expect to see? How do you research and deliver this?

10 digital trends for the future - What has changed this year? What was changing already? How do we adapt?

Repurposing our places

How can and should BIDs be more community focused?

10 reasons to be positive about the future - Why the future is bright and BIDs are here to stay

Breakout rooms - Chance to network and talk to speakers


1:50 - Close

The Virtual National BIDs Conference is £125+vat for non-members and £93.75+vat for British BIDs members who receive a 25% discount.

We’re pleased to be working with DestinationCore as the British BIDs sponsor for 2020.

DestinationCore is a tried and trusted place marketing website solution that puts you in control. Built in collaboration with industry experts, the platform allows you to link your online campaigns and marketing activity with real data and insight.

It’s an all in one online solution which is home to your data, analytics, content, social media feeds, online marketing, promotions, websites and much more!

British BIDs members can benefit from an exclusive 10% discount - just let the DestinationCore team know during your initial enquiry.

To find out more visit www.destinationcore.com

You can book your place here via our online booking system.

Card payment is preferred, although you can opt for an invoice. If you'd like to book over the phone, please give us a call on 0845 112 0118.


Meet the host - ITV Presenter, Ian Payne

We are pleased to have Ian back this year as our host. Listen to a short message from Ian here.


Chris Turner, Chief Exec, British BIDs

Economist and Information scientist, Chris worked initially at the British Institute of Management before moving into academic research and teaching and then becoming Chief Executive of British BIDs. Chris now focusses on BID research, business intelligence and local and central government relationships for Bb.

Chris is Business Development Director of the Winchester Business Improvement District and he successfully took the BID through its renewal votes in 2012 and 2017. Chris authors the annual National BID Survey, and is an assessor and tutor on the Certificate in BID Management.


Fiona Wright, Director

Fiona has worked in place marketing for over 20 years. She previously worked on large-scale property development projects for a national property marketing agency. Fiona is heavily involved at practitioner level as the Marketing Director for Ipswich Central. She has worked with and continues to work with numerous BIDs providing marketing and communication strategies.

At this year's conference, Fiona will also be speaking highlights and trends from the BID industry over the past 10 years.


Nic Durston, South Bank Employers' Group

Nic Durston has over 30 years of place-based experience which spans urban regeneration, community engagement, BIDs, conservation, economic and neighbourhood renewal, heritage and the natural environment, and sustainability. SBEG founded South Bank BID and acts as its delivery agent, working with the BID Board and levy payers to achieve a clear vision for South Bank. SBEG also helped to create South Bank Partnership - which brings together SBEG members, the BID, local government, and representatives of the Greater London Authority family - and to produce the South Bank Manifesto, a powerful statement of the shared priorities of the area, endorsed and supported by the South Bank’s two Members of Parliament. In 2019, he led South Bank BID through its first renewal ballot which achieved 99% in favour of renewal both by number and rateable value.


Lucy Stanford, Nottingham BID

Lucy joined Nottingham BID in 2018. Owner of a Masters Degree from the University of Nottingham Business School and a Certificate in BID Management; Lucy is currently leading Nottingham BID through its ballot period and into the 3rd term.

Lucy will be discussing how to create a successful business plan that highlights the increased value of BIDs in these unprecedented times. Nottingham is one of the first BIDs in the country to go to ballot post COVID-19 outbreak. Lucy will go into detail on the steps you need to take to present your BID as a strong, reliable and necessary organisation that businesses need in a post COVID world.


Will Wright, Managing Partner, DestinationCore

Will is one of the managing partners at The Jacob Bailey Group – a creative business services and marketing agency. Over 20 years in the industry Jacob Bailey have worked with a considerable number of BIDs, DMOs and destination marketing brands including All About Ipswich, It’s In Nottingham, The NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Visit Southampton and InIlford to name just a few.

In November 2018 The Jacob Bailey Group launched a destination marketing website platform called DestinationCore, which draws on their years of experience working to deliver destination websites which get users engaged. It also provides unique insight and intelligence about how users are engaging across web, email and social media.

Will will be drawing on his industry knowledge to present his thoughts on the 10 destination marketing digital trends for 2021 and beyond.


Holly Russell-Kennedy, Development & Repurposing Manager, Ellandi

Holly is part of Ellandi’s Development team which focuses on the implementation of strategic delivery partnerships for town centre regeneration projects, both within the existing Ellandi portfolio and future development opportunities. She advises on issues relating to development viability, master-planning and design, user experience, delivery strategy, place making and partnering principles.


Ruth Duston OBE, OC, Manager Director, Primera

Ruth’s career in regeneration spans more than 30 years, from working with some of the most deprived communities in the country while in local government to shaping major redevelopment schemes across central London. The Primera Group manages a number of BIDs in and around Central London. A further eight of these BIDs (Northbank, Victoria, Victoria Westminster, Cheapside, Bee Midtown, Aldgate Partnership, Hatton Garden and Hampstead).

Ruth will discuss the Community Improvement District (CID) concept, including the potential advantages, how they might be developed, funding models and their role in reshaping and repurposing our places.

Any such model would not be a one size fits all and the very concept of CIDs raises a host of both social and economic factors.

Ruth will share experiences from her BIDs and local partnerships and look at the questions a CID model raises.