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City Centres & Business DistrictsThe Experience of Business Improvement Districts in the UK                         Dr Jul...
Background to Place Management• Culture of partnership in the UK since late 1980s• Track record of delivery but pressures ...
Introduction of BIDs• Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are  business-led organisations focused on  managing and enhan...
Setting up a BID• A BID can only be formed following  consultation and a ballot in which businesses  vote on a business pl...
Safeguards• The business plan becomes  legally binding and becomes the framework  within which the BID will operate• An Op...
Funding of BIDs• A BID is funded through a BID levy, which is a  small percentage of a businesses’ rateable  value (the oc...
Governance & Management• Generally run as not-for-profit companies• Governed by a board of directors made up of  BID levy ...
Scale of BIDs in the UK• The average size of a BID is 300-400 businesses• Smallest has 17• Largest has 2,700• Income is ty...
Current Scale of the Industry• Number of businesses in BIDs in the UK  c. 60,000• Total annual levy income in BID areas in...
Hierarchy of BID Activity                  Innovation                Collective Action             Marketing & Promotion  ...
Scope of BIDs – Case Studies• Camden Town Unlimited – Pop-up shops• InMidtown – Zero to Landfill• New West End Company – S...
New West End CompanySmash & Grab - Multi-agency Crime Intelligence Partnership                               www.britishbi...
New West End CompanySmash & Grab - Multi-agency Crime Reduction                          Facts & Figures         Between 2...
Camden Town UnlimitedPop-up Shops - Entrepreneurial Place-making                               www.britishbids.info
Camden Town UnlimitedPop-up Shops – Entrepreneurial Place-making                           Facts & Figures           In 20...
InmidtownZero Waste to Landfill – Waste Management & Carbon Saving                              www.britishbids.info
InmidtownZero Waste to Landfill – Waste Management & Carbon Saving                          Facts & Figures       Started ...
The Future of BIDs• BIDs have money and mandate• Real impact and innovation evidencedNow enhancing through -• Operating ef...
For more information:juliegrail@britishbids.infoFor the Nationwide BID Survey 2011:www.britishbids.info                   ...
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  • Where cuts emerge BIDs will be well placed to assist in identifying efficiency savings and more effective delivery methods BIDs may opt to take on delivery of public services in some cases Concern over a potential over-reliance on BIDs to ‘pick up the pieces’ But if baseline agreements prove their worth these will act as a safeguard
  • Where cuts emerge BIDs will be well placed to assist in identifying efficiency savings and more effective delivery methods BIDs may opt to take on delivery of public services in some cases Concern over a potential over-reliance on BIDs to ‘pick up the pieces’ But if baseline agreements prove their worth these will act as a safeguard
  • Where cuts emerge BIDs will be well placed to assist in identifying efficiency savings and more effective delivery methods BIDs may opt to take on delivery of public services in some cases Concern over a potential over-reliance on BIDs to ‘pick up the pieces’ But if baseline agreements prove their worth these will act as a safeguard
  • Where cuts emerge BIDs will be well placed to assist in identifying efficiency savings and more effective delivery methods BIDs may opt to take on delivery of public services in some cases Concern over a potential over-reliance on BIDs to ‘pick up the pieces’ But if baseline agreements prove their worth these will act as a safeguard
  • Where cuts emerge BIDs will be well placed to assist in identifying efficiency savings and more effective delivery methods BIDs may opt to take on delivery of public services in some cases Concern over a potential over-reliance on BIDs to ‘pick up the pieces’ But if baseline agreements prove their worth these will act as a safeguard
  • Where cuts emerge BIDs will be well placed to assist in identifying efficiency savings and more effective delivery methods BIDs may opt to take on delivery of public services in some cases Concern over a potential over-reliance on BIDs to ‘pick up the pieces’ But if baseline agreements prove their worth these will act as a safeguard
  • Where cuts emerge BIDs will be well placed to assist in identifying efficiency savings and more effective delivery methods BIDs may opt to take on delivery of public services in some cases Concern over a potential over-reliance on BIDs to ‘pick up the pieces’ But if baseline agreements prove their worth these will act as a safeguard
  • Where cuts emerge BIDs will be well placed to assist in identifying efficiency savings and more effective delivery methods BIDs may opt to take on delivery of public services in some cases Concern over a potential over-reliance on BIDs to ‘pick up the pieces’ But if baseline agreements prove their worth these will act as a safeguard
  • BIDs are likely to be right at the heart of the new localism agenda They will have money and mandate when many around them are losing theirs They have shown real impact and innovation to date and are continuing to do so Operating efficiencies will be required though to ensure BIDs remain efficient and fit for purpose vehicles Bold leadership is required to optimise their potential
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    1. 1. City Centres & Business DistrictsThe Experience of Business Improvement Districts in the UK Dr Julie Grail Chief Executive, British BIDs www.britishbids.info
    2. 2. Background to Place Management• Culture of partnership in the UK since late 1980s• Track record of delivery but pressures on the ‘traditional’ service delivery and uncertain funding• Evolution to sustainable funding model in 2004 - BIDs www.britishbids.info
    3. 3. Introduction of BIDs• Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are business-led organisations focused on managing and enhancing commercial areas• In their seventh year of operation in the UK• Now 124 BIDs in the UK www.britishbids.info
    4. 4. Setting up a BID• A BID can only be formed following consultation and a ballot in which businesses vote on a business plan for the area• All businesses eligible to pay the levy are balloted• Dual key vote – numbers and value majorities• Once established the levy is mandatory www.britishbids.info
    5. 5. Safeguards• The business plan becomes legally binding and becomes the framework within which the BID will operate• An Operating Agreement for levy collection administration• Baseline agreements to ensure that any services the BID provides are truly additional www.britishbids.info
    6. 6. Funding of BIDs• A BID is funded through a BID levy, which is a small percentage of a businesses’ rateable value (the occupier of premises in the UK)• The majority of BIDs charge 1% of rateable value (relatively small sums per business)• Additional income levered in from other sources www.britishbids.info
    7. 7. Governance & Management• Generally run as not-for-profit companies• Governed by a board of directors made up of BID levy payers representing the BID area• Management teams vary in size but will generally encompass management and administration, operations and project delivery, and communications and marketing www.britishbids.info
    8. 8. Scale of BIDs in the UK• The average size of a BID is 300-400 businesses• Smallest has 17• Largest has 2,700• Income is typically £200,000-£600,000 pa• Smallest £40,000 pa• Largest £2.4 million pa www.britishbids.info
    9. 9. Current Scale of the Industry• Number of businesses in BIDs in the UK c. 60,000• Total annual levy income in BID areas in the UK c. £69m• Total annual investment in BID areas in the UK c. £168m pa. www.britishbids.info
    10. 10. Hierarchy of BID Activity Innovation Collective Action Marketing & Promotion Safe & Secure Clean & Green www.britishbids.info
    11. 11. Scope of BIDs – Case Studies• Camden Town Unlimited – Pop-up shops• InMidtown – Zero to Landfill• New West End Company – Smash & Grab www.britishbids.info
    12. 12. New West End CompanySmash & Grab - Multi-agency Crime Intelligence Partnership www.britishbids.info
    13. 13. New West End CompanySmash & Grab - Multi-agency Crime Reduction Facts & Figures Between 2005 and 2008, 224 smash & grab raids Cost to retailers £4m Police arrests but minimal judicial redress 2009 high level summit to promote dialogue Multi-agency approach established 61% reduction in incidents 61 arrests and 46 convictions Average sentences increased Positive reaction from press and retailers www.britishbids.info
    14. 14. Camden Town UnlimitedPop-up Shops - Entrepreneurial Place-making www.britishbids.info
    15. 15. Camden Town UnlimitedPop-up Shops – Entrepreneurial Place-making Facts & Figures In 2009, 1 of top 3 vacancy rates in London Approached the agents of 17 vacant units Rent free 3 month leases secured on 3 units Identity created with Conran Design Group 23 unique exhibitions/retail experiences 40 new introductions/collaborations with local businesses Generated significant media and industry attention www.britishbids.info
    16. 16. InmidtownZero Waste to Landfill – Waste Management & Carbon Saving www.britishbids.info
    17. 17. InmidtownZero Waste to Landfill – Waste Management & Carbon Saving Facts & Figures Started in 2008 with a free business recycling scheme Collections managed through one electric vehicle In 2010 started zero waste to landfill initiative To reduce a business’ carbon footprint by 10% in 5 years Joined-up waste service for businesses In first three months, 210 businesses Estimated combined business saving of £350,000 70 tonnes of material recycled each month 90% of office waste collected free of charge www.britishbids.info
    18. 18. The Future of BIDs• BIDs have money and mandate• Real impact and innovation evidencedNow enhancing through -• Operating efficiencies• Bold leadership www.britishbids.info
    19. 19. For more information:juliegrail@britishbids.infoFor the Nationwide BID Survey 2011:www.britishbids.info www.britishbids.info
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