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The British BIDs Podcast

19 EpisodesProduced by British BIDsWebsite

The UK's first BID industry podcast highlighting the amazing work being done by Business Improvement Districts, and the many thousands of businesses that form them, to help our towns and cities across the UK.

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Business recovery in Epsom

September 18th, 2020


Epsom is an example of a suburban town that’s benefiting from many of its residents not commuting into London and instead spending locally. We spoke remotely to Karen Pengelly at Epson BID and local business owners …

Back to the office?

September 16th, 2020


The issue of returning back to the workplace has dominated our national conversation over recent weeks, it is a complex conversation and the impact varies greatly between our city centres, suburban towns and villages. …

Coronavirus BID industry information: Manor Royal

June 19th, 2020


Steve Sawyer from Manor Royal BID is a valued member of the British BIDs Advisory Board. The Board will be very helpful to businesses and BIDs across …

Coronavirus BID industry information: Leicester

June 12th, 2020


As shops open their doors from Monday for the first time in 3 months, we speak to Simon Jenner from Leicester BID about their efforts in getting the city running post Covid.

The future of our towns and cities post-Covid

June 10th, 2020


As our businesses begin to re-open, we’ve done some detailed research with New Economics Foundation and Nottingham BID which shows the change in our high streets will be monumental. There’s no going back to 12 weeks …

Coronavirus BID industry information: Swansea

June 1st, 2020


BIDs across the country are adapting to the pandemic in big ways - take Swansea BID who are refusing to let COVID19 spoil its summer events season! From talent contests and variety shows it’s all going ahead - …

Coronavirus BID industry information: Bath

May 27th, 2020


The Bath community has come together to plan the city centre’s re-opening as we recover from the Covid pandemic. Over 100 people joined with Bath BID to give their ideas for the ‘Big Bath Welcome Back’! More here with …

Coronavirus BID industry information: Coventry

May 23rd, 2020


Towns and cities across the UK are busy planning how they restart post COVID19. Trish from Coventry BID joins us to discuss their efforts in kick starting their local economy - and how they're helping prepare Coventry …

Coronavirus BID industry information: Croydon

May 15th, 2020


#RaiseTheBar is a campaign calling on government to raise the £25,000 rateable value threshold to help our retail, leisure and hospitality survive …

Coronavirus BID industry information: MallComm

May 11th, 2020


Good communication between BIDs, levy payers, landlords and customers will be key as we navigate the crucial recovery phase after COVID19. That’s why …

Coronavirus BID industry information: St Ives

May 1st, 2020


Today we're off to Cornwall (remotely of course) where we catch up with Helen from St Ives BID.  Businesses there are using real ingenuity to get through the crisis - a fisherman has set up a Facebook page with PayPal …

Coronavirus BID industry information: Cambridge

April 29th, 2020


Health and safety, machinery, staff, stock, public safety - just some of the challenges businesses in Cambridge are grappling with as they look to the coronavirus recovery phase. Ian from Cambridge BID joins us to …

Coronavirus BID industry information: Milton Keynes

April 24th, 2020


Business Improvement Districts are helping their communities during the coronavirus lockdown in innovative ways. Melanie from My Milton Keynes is …

Coronavirus BID industry information: The West End

April 22nd, 2020


BIDs up and down the country are using the COVID-19 lockdown as an opportunity to improve their communities. New West End Company is deep-cleaning the streets of London’s West End while they're empty. Chief Executive …

Coronavirus BID industry information: Orpington

April 17th, 2020


BIDs such as Orpington 1st are stepping up to promote local businesses as they evolve their services during the COVID 19 lockdown. Chris from the BID …

Coronavirus BID industry information: Hemel Hempstead

April 9th, 2020


Be it gyms or pubs, businesses up and down the country are showing real entrepreneurial spirit and innovation in serving their communities during this COVID-19 crisis. And when this is all over, we will flock to our …

Coronavirus BID industry information: Hammersmith

April 7th, 2020


Business Improvement Districts, such as Hammersmith BID, are working hard for their high streets, towns and cities during this horrible outbreak of COVID-19. In Hammersmith, they are getting banks together virtually to …

Coronavirus BID industry information: Oswestry

April 1st, 2020


One Oswestry Business Improvement District is working round the clock to help local businesses as they deal with the impact of coronavirus. Thanks to Adele for joining us as we discuss some of their challenges, …

Coronavirus BID industry information: Manchester

March 31st, 2020


Over the coming days we are recording a series of industry information podcasts, sharing practical advice and some of the amazing work being done by BIDs and businesses during this challenging time for our towns and …

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