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Central Milton Keynes successfully unlocks over £6million investment

01/03/17


Today businesses in Central Milton Keynes have voted in favour of establishing the UK's fourth biggest Business Improvement District (BID) outside of London, unlocking over £6million levy payer investment for the city centre.

The successful BID, which has been advised by CMS, will now run for 5 years (2017-2022) and be branded as 'Amazing CMK'.

80% of BID businesses voted in favour by number, with 82% in favour by rateable value, representing an overall turnout of 31%.

Melanie Beck, Chief Executive of the Amazing CMK BID said:

“After 28 days of voting, MKCCM are delighted to see a successful outcome to the Amazing CMK BID ballot. We are happy with the overwhelmingly positive mandate and look forward to delivering significant change to benefit the local area. Our core aim over the next five years is to ensure Central Milton Keynes is a safe, vibrant and enjoyable place to work, live and visit.”

MKCCM has been operating successfully for over 10 years and developed a strong vision for a BID identifying a clear set of priorities to make a difference to the city. Their vision was guided by the dedicated team at CMS who have successfully delivered BID consultancy with it's unique 5 stages of BID development model, resulting in more than £6 million of investment (with an annual BID funded budget of approximately £1.2 million) to be put back into Central Milton Keynes.

Paul Clement, Joint Managing Director of CMS commented:

"We are so pleased to have shared this fantastic journey with the fastest growing city in the UK. Central Milton Keynes is a great city for business and leisure and CMS is thrilled to have supported the development of an even more prosperous city, putting Central Milton Keynes on the map as one of the top 5 BID levy invested cities".


Editors notes:
This BID will run from 2017 -2022. For more information, please contact emily@centralmanagementltd.com

What's on the horizon for the start of 2017?

19/12/16

It's been a busy few months for CMS and as we edge closer to Christmas we thought we would reflect on what's in store for some of our clients in the New Year. 

Wokingham have received a full feasibility presentation and CMS are helping them to establish a steering group to help drive the project forward. The full planning stage research will begin early 2017.

In Uxbridge, businesses will be receiving the final consultation document the first week of January and will have four weeks to respond to this with comments. These responses will shape the business plan going forward and will also give head offices the chance to respond to the feedback offered. 

In Beckenham and Penge, we will be on the ground from mid January, working to consult with businesses to ensure we receive consultation feedback form at least 45% of businesses in each location. This will be used to help shape the final consultation document and the businesses plan. 

So, it looks like full steam ahead as soon as we return from the Christmas holidays! Keep watching carefully as we bring you more updates on the progress of Wokingham, Uxbridge and Beckenham and Penge. 

CMS appointed to produce research study on BIDs in Birmingham

16/12/16

CMS (incorporating British BIDs) has been appointed by The Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr John Clancy, to produce a research study entitled 'Securing A Brighter Future for BIDs in Birmingham.'

Birmingham has a distinctive economic profile and is the UK's second largest and metropolitan British City after London. The City has a long track record of BIDs, with 11 operating models being in place within the City centre and surrounding neighbourhoods.

The aim of the study is to assess the role and impact of those BIDs already existing across the City, their future potential and alternatives for collaborative working alongside the Council and local communities, together with the opportunity for new development, industrial BIDs and future property owner BID potential.

Paul Clement, Joint Managing Director of CMS, said "we are delighted to have been entrusted with this important and innovative research project which should prove of great value to Birmingham and will undoubtedly result in new ways of thinking for the industry as a whole. The City Council has identified an opportunity for BIDs to form a key part of the growth agenda within an international City and we intend to explore all opportunities in collaboration with the existing BIDs, key partners and other stakeholder groups and organisations. Part of our work will be to draw upon a wide range of case studies including examples from other major, rapidly transforming, global cities."

Editors notes:

Final report to be presented to The Leader and the City's BIDs by the end of March 2017.
For more information, please contact maria@centralmanagementltd.com

Preparing for their BID ballot: The latest from our client, Milton Keynes

16/12/16

We've been working with the team on the preparations for their upcoming BID ballot in February. Their business plan is due to go out in the first week of January, exciting times!

We have some business updates to share with you below. Take a look now!

Click here to see their December BID update, detailing the priorities for the BID and why a BID is so important to Milton Keynes.




02/12/16

Businesses vote in favour for BIDs in Putney and Wandsworth

Businesses in Putney and Wandsworth town centres have voted in favour of establishing Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), the first town centre BIDs to be set up in the London Borough of Wandsworth.

With both BID ballots running in tandem, 73.39% of businesses in Wandsworth voted in favour of a BID by number, with 82.57% in favour by RV, representing an overall turnout of 31.75%. 75.18% of businesses in Putney voted in favour of a BID by number with 73.5% in favour by RV, representing an overall turnout of 36.12%.

There are now over 260 BIDs in the UK. The recent release of the British BIDs Nationwide BID Survey reveals that London has the highest number of developing and active BIDs by region (23%), making the successful result in Putney and Wandsworth another success for London.

Commenting on the result, Sean Gillen, Head of Enterprise Delivery said:

"Undertaking simultaneous BIDs was no mean feat and it has taken a major effort by so many people. Naturally we’re delighted that local businesses have so wholeheartedly grasped this opportunity to set out and deliver the improvements they want to see, at a time when it’s so important for town centres to adapt and compete. Both BIDs have ambitious but achievable business plans which we hope businesses will continue to actively engage with as the BIDs emerge."

Paul Clement, Joint MD of CMS says:

"CMS is inspired by working on innovative projects, in great locations and alongside fantastic clients. I am delighted that our long-term relationship with the London Borough of Wandsworth has now resulted in the first two town centres of Putney and Wandsworth becoming BID locations, particularly bearing in mind that this required two ballots operated simultaneously. The Borough has, understandably, taken considerable time to ensure that, where BIDs are developed in their town centres, they bring increased investment, enhanced services, and a focus on appealing to new markets, whilst maintaining the historic focus on the importance of local communities."

Editors notes:

Both BIDs will run from April 2017 - March 2022. For more information, please contact lee@centralmanagementltd.com

25/11/16

WELCOME, CAMBRIDGE BID

Central Management Solutions is delighted to have been appointed to work with and advise the Cambridge BID board and operations team on the BID’s first renewal process.

The Cambridge BID represents 1,100 businesses within the historic city centre – a collection of shops, bars, cafes, attractions and entertainment venues alongside professional services. It strives to ensure that visitors, locals and businesses enjoy a well-promoted and vibrant, safe and clean environment.

Cambridge BID’s second term would start in 2018. CMS are working with the excellent operations team to maximise local and national business engagement over the coming year. This is to ensure the BID can provide an aspirational, robust and forward-thinking business plan to those within its boundaries and one which fits within the strategic framework of the city and its future plans.

The BID will look at all current projects such as City Ambassadors, Christmas lights, Independents’ Week and Cleaning resource aswell as focusing heavily on determining a future vision for its businesses.

Fiona Wright, Joint Managing Director of CMS commented “Cambridge BID has a very engaged Board of Directors led by Ian Sandison and it was refreshing and interesting to spend time working through our first Task Force brainstorm yesterday".

More information about the BID renewal engagement activities and ballot dates will be released over the coming months and will be regularly updated on the website.

10/11/16

WELCOME, BECKENHAM AND PENGE

Bromley Council has recently commissioned Central Management Solutions (CMS), to work with the Beckenham Business Association (BBA) and the Penge Trader’s Association (PTA) to help to develop potential Business Improvement Districts in both areas.

Recent feasibility work undertaken indicates that both areas are open to the BID concept and would like to further develop an understanding of what BIDs could look like in their locations.

The two locations, which are geographically very close to each other, are nonetheless different in character and will be developed as two separate BIDs with two separate ballot timelines and business plans.

Jackie Groundsell, Chair of the Beckenham Business Association (BBA) commented:

“We are looking forward to working with CMS and learning about how to set up a BID and what benefits it can bring to the area. We have some fantastic businesses here and support anything that will help take us from strength to strength”

Equally, Judy Barrington, Chair of the Penge Trader’s Association (PTA) said:

“high streets are changing everywhere and it is important we keep Penge in step with this. The prospect of a united business voice in our area is exciting and one the Association is keen to look to for the future prosperity of our place. We met the CMS team recently and were heartened by their clear approach to BID development.”

The BID development will also include exploring how the BIDs could potentially share back office services and provide even more frontline delivery.

Councillor Peter Morgan, Bromley Council’s Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation commented:

“This is all about giving more control to Beckenham and Penge businesses, ultimately enabling and encouraging more investment, helping businesses improve their town centres.  The next stages of BID development in Beckenham and Penge includes more detailed and in-depth engagement with the business community, led by the respective trade groups,  into what the issues, challenges and opportunities are for them in their own areas.  It will be exciting to see what proposals come forwards and what might be achieved - nationally BIDs are very successful at providing services for their business community and the initial consultation indicates businesses are keen on developing the concept here.”

Paul Clement from Central Management Solutions commented: “We are very much looking forward to working with businesses in Beckenham and Penge in creating business plans that support development and growth of business and place together.  There are so many great examples around the country of projects delivered by BIDs. The real exemplar projects though are where the BID really gets under the skin of the area and understands the specific and individual needs of the place. We intend to work with the Business groups here to help form BIDs that do just that.”

04/11/16

CONGRATULATIONS IPSWICH CENTRAL

It has been announced today that Ipswich Central, the town centre management organisation for Ipswich, will be continuing for a third term after businesses within the town centre voted to renew the Business Improvement District (BID) in a recent ballot.

Businesses within the BID zone were given a 28-day period in which to cast their votes for or against the continuation of Ipswich Central for a further five years from April 2017.

The result was announced earlier today by Ipswich Borough Council, who independently collated and verified the returned ballot papers.

The turnout was high at 64%, with 95% in favour by number and 95% in favour by rateable value.

There are now over 250 BIDs in the UK. Nationally, turnout in second renewal ballots is on average 52%.

Commenting on the result, Chairman of Ipswich Central, Terry Baxter said;

“This is a strong demonstration of the support our BID continues to enjoy from its members. To receive 95% in support by number at our second renewal and a turnout of over 60% demonstrates that the Ipswich BID remains extremely relevant to the needs and expectations of our levy payers. I also believe that those who have again shown faith in the BID, are looking for us to continue to be a strong, ‘Business-led’, voice at the heart of our developing town centre.”

Alistair Lang of Gotelee Solicitors and Chair of the Ipswich Central Renewal Steering Group commented:

“Listening to the business community at the heart of Ipswich has been a key element of this BID renewal vote. The team at Ipswich Central has played a critical role by gathering views from all those involved, laying out those views in a plan for the next five years and making sure the ideas are distributed and understood by those who ultimately pay.  That effort has paid off with a great result for all involved.  I have no doubt at all the Ipswich BID is a leading UK BID and a vital component of the exciting growth of our town.”

18/10/16

CATCHING UP WITH LEICESTER

Work continues in Leicester... With their feasibility stage complete, we're currently helping the location on their vital business consultation questionnaire. Ahead of their proposed 2017 ballot, this is an exciting step for Leicester, leading up to their final business plan taking shape. 

CEO of Curve Theatre and co-chair of the BID Leicester steering group Chris Stafford said: “I truly believe there is potential for Leicester to be a top destination, not just for tourism and leisure but also for retail, hospitality and business.

“Leicester’s changed dramatically in recent years, thanks to the City Mayor’s investment in the city centre and a number of high profile events that have really put Leicester on the map.

“We are in a terrific place and it’s really important that we take advantage of this momentum and work together on Leicester’s BID to help develop a more vibrant and prosperous city centre.”

Keep an eye out for more updates from Leicester as we follow their progress closely. 

13/10/16

Hemel Hempstead: Public-private collaboration paves way for new BID

Hemel Hempstead: Dacorum Borough Council and Capital & Regional are working together to promote the development of a Business Improvement District (BID)  
Dacorum Borough Council has joined forces with a major town centre investor to continue its revitalisation of Hemel Hempstead’s main high street.

Following the success of its £30 million Hemel Evolution regeneration programme, the local authority is working with Capital & Regional to establish a Business Improvement District to create further opportunities for local shops and businesses.

The 1950s New Town has already seen dramatic change, including family-friendly improvements on the main pedestrianised area, a new bus interchange and restoration of the historic Jellicoe Water Gardens urban oasis. Further plans for Market Square will boost the night time economy.

Capital & Regional property investment trust purchased The Marlowes Shopping Centre in and adjoining buildings earlier this year for £53.8 million. Its aim is now to reposition The Marlowes area as part of the town’s wider transformation into a social hub fit for a 21st century retail and leisure experience.

Both public and private sector partners share the common goal of strengthening and diversifying the town centre economy and feel that a BID is the natural progression.

Councillor Graham Sutton, Dacorum Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, commented:

“We’ve laid the foundations for a revitalised town centre and opened the doors to investors. The time is now right to work in partnership with the private sector to help businesses in Hemel Hempstead decide what is right for their town and take an active hand in achieving their goals.”

Ken Ford, Executive Director of Capital & Regional said:

“Together with Dacorum Borough Council, Capital & Regional wants to create new opportunities for businesses and investors. A BID will unite them behind the common goal of creating a thriving retail and leisure destination and strong local economy.”

With their particular expertise in Business Improvement Districts, specialist management and consultancy company Central Management Solutions (CMS) has been appointed to carry out the BID development alongside the existing Town Centre Partnership.

CMS will begin developing feasibility plans this month (October) to establish the needs and priorities of businesses in the area, looking towards a ballot late 2017.

The next step is to help businesses in the area to decide what is right for their town.

For more information on this please contact emily@centralmanagementltd.com. 

11/10/16

WELCOME, MARKETING GLOUCESTER

We are very excited to be working with Marketing Gloucester to help develop a BID for the rapidly developing city. There are a number of opportunities on the horizon for Gloucester set to strengthen its offering to shoppers, visitors, businesses and investors. CMS will be supporting Marketing Gloucester through each of the five processes involved in the development of a BID. Gloucester also have fantastic stakeholder engagement, all whom are committed to supporting the development of a BID and we are therefore delighted to also be a part of their journey. Welcome, Marketing Gloucester!


23/09/16

CATCHING UP WITH ACOCKS GREEN

Earlier this year, our CMSLite support package helped Acocks Green Village BID on their way to a victorious BID ballot vote. We've caught up with their BID Manager, Sandy Gianni, to see how they are getting on in the BID world! Click here to read their blog. 

22/09/16

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR TEAM

It's great to keep you connected with the CMS team. We caught up with Joint MD Fiona Wright for our latest 'spotlight on our team' series. Check it out here. 


01/09/16 

CATCHING UP WITH EASTBOURNE

Earlier this month, we announced our delight to be working with Eastbourne. 

CMS are working with Eastbourne to help them through the 5 stages of BID development. Having received their CMSLite box in the post earlier this month, we've recently caught up their CMSLite account Manager, Luke.

Luke and the team have currently been helping Eastbourne with their stage 3 milestone for Loan Fund, offering advice on BID levy rules and database completion for their ratings list. 

We look forward to hearing from from Eastbourne and bringing you updates!

17/08/16

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR TEAM

We bring you our next Spotlight series. This time we feature Ben Collins, Business Development Manager at CMS. Look out for more team of these to come!  


16/08/16

WELCOME, WOKINGHAM

Wokingham have had a town team and are looking at ways of investing in a sustainable method of delivering town centre management going forwards. CMS will work with both the council and business to help establish what it is that businesses want to see delivered to help drive Wokingham forward in the coming years. Welcome, Wokingham!



15/08/16

WELCOME, SPALDING

Spalding is a vibrant market town, one we are delighted to announce that we will be providing CMSFeasibility to. The town is well-known for its independent shops, historical buildings and vegetable cultivation. Spalding will now work with CMS and a dedicated account manager to ensure that a robust feasibility study is conducted, helping to establish the level of need and types of improvements required. A particularly robust feasibility study is needed here as there has been talk of a BID for Spalding since 2009. It is therefore a pleasure to help change this place for the better. Welcome, Spalding!



12/08/16

WELCOME, EASTBOURNE

We are delighted and excited to be working with Eastbourne to develop their BID. The coastal town has seen great progress and investment, helping to establish itself as a vibrant and energetic location in the south-east. Eastbourne are also part of the Healthy High streets initiative with a steering group in place. Our dedicated Account Manager will provide the team on the ground with all of the technical support that they need throughout the process. Welcome to CMSLite, Eastbourne!



29/06/16

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR TEAM

Let us tell you about our people a little better than what you can discover on our team page.  Earlier this week we released the first of our new Spotlight series with Paul Clement, Joint Managing Director at CMS. Check out Paul's interview here. We look forward to sharing more about our team with you. 


11/07/2016

TEAM BUILDING DAY

On 7th July, we had a fantastic team building day at Colchester Zoo. 

Check out some of our pictures from the day!