March 2018

CMS has today published a comprehensive report entitled 'Securing a Brighter Future for Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in Birmingham,' commissioned by the City council.

The report explored Place Management opportunities for BIDs in Birmingham. In response to advice requested by Birmingham City Council, CMS conducted in-depth quantitative and qualitative research on 11 BIDs in Birmingham, identifying a number of recommendations surrounding structure, finance and standards.

Paul Clement, CEO of CMS said:

"This is a different piece of work for the industry in that it takes Birmingham, the UK's second City, as its case study, and reflects upon its long history of BIDs and their role as key drivers for its economic growth. It identifies very different types of BID within one City, particularly distinguishing between city centre and neighbourhood models. There is much that the City and its BIDs can be proud of, though we take the opportunity for some reflection as to how more can be done, particularly by the local authority, to further support, develop and improve the model in the future. We make a number of recommendations intended to assist both current and future BIDs, as well as the City Council."

The CMS team have a wealth of experience in Place Marketing and Place Visioning. To read the report, click here.


March 2018

CMS has been appointed to work closely with Royal Tunbridge Wells Together to explore the potential for a BID to be developed.

Initial feasibility will take place over the next few months to conduct an assessment of the likely BID area and levy payers, together with a high-level business survey. 

The historical spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells is one of England's most affluent and vibrant towns and boasts a variety of independent shops. It is well-known for its picturesque, world-famous gardens and countryside attractions.  

Fiona Wright, COO of CMS commented:

"We look forward to working with the Royal Tunbridge Wells business community over the coming months, and in particular forging a real understanding of the place DNA. Royal Tunbridge Wells Together is made up of an ambitious team of people which paves the way for an exciting journey ahead as we come to assess the potential for a BID for the town."

Karen Pengelly, Town Centre Manager of Royal Tunbridge Wells Together said:

"Royal Tunbridge Wells Together is pleased to announce the commencement of a widescale consultation study with our local business community. Finding out exactly what the priorities, aims and aspirations of our local businesses are will help us shape our future activities and the support and assistance that we can provide to businesses. The time is absolutely right to discover whether a BID could meet their expectations, we know that BIDs are a proven model elsewhere, we will soon know whether this model could work in Tunbridge Wells. We are looking forward to working with CMS over the coming months."


March 2018

CMS has been appointed to provide management support to the recently established BID Leicester.

Last week, BID Leicester hosted a well-attended launch event for its BID businesses. Highlights included talks on the value ambassadors bring to an area and the ambitious plans for the BID in its first 100 days.

Over the next five years, £4.2 million worth of investment will be delivered to Leicester city centre. Together with CMS, the BID will now focus on the following areas:

  • Improving the overall visitor and resident experience
  • More effective marketing to drive footfall and sales
  • Providing businesses with a strong voice, support and engagement

BID Leicester Chair, Gary Rowntree & John Lewis Manager in Leicester commented:

"Following our great working relationship with CMS over the past year and the successful BID ballot result for Leicester in November, we are delighted to appoint CMS to provide management consultancy to our BID. Leicester is a fantastic city, one which until now was the biggest city in the UK to exist without a BID. We are therefore very pleased to be able to have the opportunity to deliver the core BID priorities as outlined in our business plan over the next five years and invest over £4.2m into our city centre for our businesses. We look forward to working with CMS to make this happen".

Paul Clement, CEO of CMS commented:

"This is a great addition to our management portfolio and I am grateful to the Leicester BID Board for the confidence they have shown in us".


December 2017

As we near the end of 2017, we interviewed CMS CEO, Paul Clement, about his views of the past year and of the year ahead. 

How would you summarise 2017 for CMS?

“We have grown the business and the team substantially and it has paid off for us as we have proven our capacity to work across more places than ever before. The range of work we are undertaking has now extended beyond just BIDs, important though they are to us.”

What was your highlight?

“In CMS it had to be us successfully undertaking 6 ballots in 7 days and assisting those places to achieve or renew their BIDs. It really proved to me the depth and strength of the team. I was also thrilled to see the British BIDs National BIDs Conference reintroduced so successfully.”

What has 2017 taught you?

“Two things really, although rather than teaching me them for the first time, it has reminded me of what I already knew – firstly, that to have a great business, you need a great team and we are lucky to have a strong leader in Fiona, our COO; secondly, BIDs must never become the solution or else they risk become commoditised, it’s what’s special about each individual place that is the real solution – what BIDs can help with is unlocking that potential.”

How is 2018 looking?

“Busy. In CMS we already have more BIDs developing than ever before and our management portfolio will grow still further. We also remain fully committed to the British BIDs team and have agreed substantial additional investment to further grow its footprint, increase its exposure and enlarge its range of services and benefits to members and beyond. 2017 has been a great year for British BIDs, and Chris and the team deserve huge credit.”

What should BIDs look out for in 2018?

“There will definitely be increased scrutiny of the management, governance and transparency of BIDs. The majority of BIDs are well governed and professionally run, but we all know that some fall short of standards of best practice, albeit sometimes unwittingly. I do also have a nagging concern that, as people explore different models, the size of BIDs could increase and their specialism and attention to detail diminished as a result.”

What do you hope for in 2018?

“I would like see the extension of Property Owner BIDs, but I fear that it might be some way off. Nevertheless, we need to keep pushing.”

What would be your New Year message?

“That’s really simple – ‘thank you’ to our team, our clients and our members.”

Office hours over Christmas

Please note that the CMS office will be closed from 6pm on 22nd December until 9am on 2nd January 2018 due to Christmas and New Year's holidays. For all business enquiries, feel free to send us an email and we will aim to reply on the first business day.

CMS appointed to develop a BID in Andover

December 2017

CMS has been appointed by Test Valley Borough Council to provide full BID support in Andover.

Andover is a market town with a rich heritage. Preparing for a Business Improvement District for Andover town centre is a key element of Andover Vision, a 20 year plan for the future of Andover based on a partnership of local residents, community groups, businesses and public bodies. The Vision has 5 themes:

  • Being part of a connected community
  • Having a great green environment
  • Being part of a thriving town centre
  • Supporting business, jobs and skills in the town
  • Access to great health

Chair of Andover Steering Group, Lisa Armstrong commented:

"I am delighted to be working in conjunction with CMS for the BID proposal for Andover. Andover has a long and fascinating history, but how much do local people really know about their town? Andover is a beautiful market town with many years of heritage. The Business Improvement District will bring both opportunities to town centre business owners and residents. The steering group will be engaging with local businesses to ask what they would want to see to enhance their town centre to not only improve business for them but to attract new visitors to our beautiful historic town.  Early suggested ideas have been a ‘café culture’ high street with a more exciting night environment and an improved market offering many more stalls and market atmosphere. We look forward to liaising with business owners to fully understand what they’d like to see and will enjoy implementing all that we can should the BID be achieved."

Over the next few months, the CMS team will all work closely to investigate the priorities and assess the needs for businesses in Andover.  Fiona Wright, COO of CMS commented:

"Andover has a great history which we thoroughly enjoyed discovering more of in our recent DNA with the BID Steering Group whereby we investigated the physical, historical and emotional aspects of the town. Each location we work with is different and it's been great to learn about the current plans scoped out in the Andover Vision. We look forward to assessing the needs and priorities of businesses in Andover with this in mind."

David Drew, who leads on economic development for Test Valley Borough Council added:

"The Council is pleased to be working with CMS to support Andover town centre businesses to prepare for a BID ballot. It is right that businesses are taking a lead in identifying ideas to help strengthen the town centre over the next few years.”


November 2017

Working closely alongside a dedicated Steering Group for the past year, CMS has successfully developed a Business Improvement District (BID) for Hemel Hempstead.

84% of businesses in Hemel Hempstead voted in favour of establishing a BID favour by number, with 86% in favour by RV, representing an overall turnout of 37%. 

The BID, jointly funded by Dacorum Borough Council and Capital & Regional demonstrates a unique working relationship between public and private owners. 

Commenting on the result, BID Steering Group Chair and Marlowes Shopping Centre Manager, Vince Williams said:

"This is a fantastic result for local businesses and the town. It gives us the opportunity to bring businesses together to shape our future over the next 5 years, by putting the building blocks in place to create a vibrant town centre that will attract more visitors, who are staying longer and spending more money with local businesses."

Almost £1million of levy investment will be put back into Hemel Hempstead over the next five years, complimenting the regeneration work already planned by Dacorum Borough Council and Capital & Regional, owners of the Marlowes Shopping Centre.

The core BID priorities will focus on:

  • Improving visitor experience and the working environment
  • Accessibility
  • Cleanliness. waste remove and recycling
  • Place marketing

The BID was developed using CMS' i5 stages of BID development. Associate Director of CMS, Lee Walker, said:

"It is excellent that businesses have voted in favour of the plans put forward by the Hemel Hempstead BID. The BID Steering Group have provided clear direction and show a determination to see more investment in Hemel. The BID can now deliver for the next five years against a strong business plan which will help to compliment the other fantastic development works that are taking place in the town."


July 2017

CMS has been appointed to provide management support to the recently established Uxbridge BID.

Following a successful BID turnout of 34.5% last Friday, 89% of businesses voted in favour for a BID by number, with 93% of businesses in favour by rateable value.

Over a five-year period, more than £2.5million of investment will be delivered to the area to improve Uxbridge for businesses, residents and employees. 

Working closely with CMS for the past 18 months, extensive research consultation has taken place to determine the core priorities for businesses in Uxbridge. CMS will now work alongside the BID to focus on the following areas, to support the local business community interests:

  • Reducing crime and its perception
  • Transport, parking and accessibility
  • Cleanliness, waste removal and recycling
  • Place marketing

Laurie Taylor, Director of Uxbridge BID said:

"The directors from Uxbridge BID are very pleased with the outcome and look forward to working with the local community and council in delivering a successful BID in the next 5 years for over 400 levy payers. We are looking forward to working with CMS to kick-start the establishment phase of the BID, having worked closely with them from the very start of the BID development and have appreciated their full support throughout this."

Fiona Wright, COO of CMS commented:

"CMS is really pleased to have been working with Laurie, Mike and the team on developing the Uxbridge BID for a better Uxbridge and is privileged to have been appointed to work with the Uxbridge BID over the next 5 years. The result is the consequence of hard work, a dedicated Steering Group and a strong business plan that now needs to be delivered for businesses in Uxbridge".

For more information on the Uxbridge BID, click here to view their business plan. 


July 2017

Businesses in Gloucester city centre have voted in favour of establishing a Business Improvement Districts (BID). 

85.8% of businesses in Gloucester voted in favour by number, with 87.7% in favour by RV, representing an overall turnout of 39.3%. 

There are now over 270 BIDs in the UK. More than £2.2million of levy investment will be put back into Gloucester over the next five years.

Commenting on the result, Chair of Gloucester BID, Nick Brookes said: 

"As a business owner in Gloucester I am delighted by this amazing result which provides Gloucester BID a strong and clear mandate to deliver on behalf of the businesses in the BID area. "I am confident that the BID will have a huge positive impact on the city."

Chief Executive of Marketing Gloucester, Jason Smith, said:

"Marketing Gloucester has the remit to support businesses and growth in Gloucester. It has been inspiring to be engaging with nearly 600 businesses in the Gloucester BID area and hear the positive messages from them about the direction the city is going. Without doubt the establishment of the Gloucester BID will make a real impact on the city over the next five years and the team at Marketing Gloucester feel proud to have been able to support the businesses in the city in achieving their goal of establishing the Gloucester BID and producing such a resoundingly successful result."

Paul Clement, Joint MD of CMS commented:

"I would like to thank the new Gloucester BID for selecting CMS as its development partner and to send them huge congratulations for the ballot result. It has been a pleasure to work on this project. The next 5 years will be very exciting with strong business support and substantial funds now available to help make a profound and lasting difference to the city."


June 2017

CMS has been appointed by the City Centre Partnership to provide full BID development support in Stoke-on-Trent City centre. This is enabled by a funding agreement with the City Council.

Over the past year, The City Centre Partnership has been evaluating the positive impact that BIDs are having elsewhere in the UK and have reached the conclusion that the model should be pursued locally. It will now investigate the development of a BID by undergoing consultation with city centre businesses

A recent report* stated that the area has over £2billion of investment committed over the next 5 years, resulting in plans for over 30,000 new jobs. Famous for its history as 'The World Capital of Ceramics' (the Potteries), the City centre will be a major beneficiary of this substantial new investment. Redevelopment is already underway, with one example being the City's intu centre which launched a new leisure development, known as The Hive, containing seven new restaurants and a cinema complex. The City has launched a bid to become the City of Culture in 2021.

Jonathan Bellamy, Chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent City Centre Partnership said:

"We believe now is the ideal time for city centre businesses to capitalise on all this investment and look to build momentum off it, to help take our city centre forward. We believe that becoming a Business Improvement District would be the perfect tool to empower this and so we want to present and recommend this opportunity to city centre businesses."

Paul Clement, CEO of CMS commented:

"We are thrilled to have been selected by the City Centre Partnership as the development partner for their proposed BID. Our aim is always to create a model that is distinct to each place in which we work; the combination of Stoke-On-Trent's history together with its recent and proposed redevelopment makes this one contract we were determined to win. We look forward to meeting more businesses within the City centre as we commence our work."



June 2017

Colchester Community Interest Company (CIC) has appointed CMS to provide full BID development support.

Colchester is Britain's oldest recorded town. Its thriving history is also complimented by present-day modern visitor attractions, a wide range of retailers and a popular array of food and drink premises.  

Renewed feasibility research to over 900 businesses in the area is expected to take place over the next month. The feasibility research will report back on the commonality of interest amongst businesses and an overview of the next steps and requirements for a BID to be developed and explored further.

BIDs in the surrounding area of Colchester are prevalent and are proving great worth for their places.  The CMS team will all work closely to investigate the priorities and assess the needs for businesses in Colchester.

Carl Milton, Chairman of Colchester Presents and Managing Director of high street department store, Fenwick, commented:

"If Colchester town centre is not to be left behind by other towns and cities in the region, we must find a sustainable funding model. The view at our shareholders meeting was that BID is that model. However, for a BID to go ahead, we require the support of town centre businesses and we are now embarking on a process which will seek levels of support for a Colchester BID".

We look forward to supporting and exploring further opportunities for Colchester and its potential destination offering. More updates to follow.

CMS welcomes Halebank and Astmoor to CMSLite!

June 2017

We are very excited to be supporting Halebank and Astmoor through their renewal ballots with CMSLite; our technical advice package which incorporates the recently launched i5 stages to BID development.

Halebank and Astmoor are two industrial BIDs, with 45 businesses in Halebank and 112 businesses in Astmoor. They will have their own dedicated Account Manager from CMS who will be providing support throughout the renewal process of both BIDs.

Diane Robinson, BID Manager said:

"The Astmoor and Halebank BIDs are delighted to be working with CMSLite as we start the ballot process for our 2nd renewal for both BIDs. We are particularly impressed with the logical ordering of the deadlines and the associated documentation provided that will help us immensely".

The CMS team look forward to being a part of this journey over the year and will be sharing more updates with you throughout. To find out more about CMSLite, click here to have a chat with Ben.

CMS appointed to take Lowestoft Vision BID to renewal

June 2017

CMS has been appointed to work alongside Lowestoft Vision Business Improvement District (BID) in the run up to its renewal.

Lowestoft Vision was founded in 2013 and the team has since been delivering a number of services with the following aims: to make Lowestoft more secure, more appealing, more attractive and more accessible. Supporting the BID's priorities, CMS will provide support and technical advice in the lead up to their BID renewal in 2018.

Feasibility research for businesses in Lowestoft is expected to begin at the end of June to begin to develop the future priorities of businesses for the next 5 years.

Danny Steel, Chairman of the Lowestoft Vision BID said:

"Lowestoft Vision, which is managed by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, is delighted that CMS has come on board to work alongside the current team in taking our BID to renewal in May 2018. CMS come with an impressive record of success in BID renewals so we are confident they will be able to do the same for us. It’s very refreshing to work with a company that not only has the required skills and experience but also the enthusiasm to get the job done. These are exciting and positive times for Lowestoft and the business community in particular."

Fiona Wright, COO of CMS commented:

"Our role is to help support and guide the Lowestoft Vision BID through the months leading up to its first renewal. The Lowestoft Vision BID team is already concentrating and working exceptionally hard on delivering a very full programme of projects, all of which are key to local businesses. I am very pleased therefore that we can add that extra support for renewal planning and be an additional part of the team at this exciting time for their future plans."

For more information on the Lowestoft Vision BID, click here to visit their website. 

CMS appointed to provide management support to Amazing CMK BID

May 2017

CMS has been appointed to provide management support to the recently established Milton Keynes Business Improvement District (BID), Amazing CMK. 

Following a successful BID turnout in February, Amazing CMK is now the UK's fourth biggest BID outside of London with a levy payer investment of more than £6million. 

Supporting the CEO and the BID Board, CMS shall provide support management and technical advice on a broad array of matters ranging from BID governance through to marketing. 

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

'We are delighted to appoint the team at CMS to assist us in the newly formed BID in Central Milton Keynes. The ability to draw down on the knowledge and experience that CMS offers will make our transition from a small membership organisation into a proactive and successful BID smoother and quicker.'

Paul Clement, CEO of CMS commented:

'We were pleased to have been engaged to assist with the development of the Amazing MK BID which in February became the fourth largest outside London. We are thrilled that our involvement is now set to continue with the signing of this new management support contract. Our whole team look forward to working with the Board and the BID team in Milton Keynes.'

For more information on the Amazing MK BID, click here to visit their website.

CMS appointed to provide BID renewal support to Manor Royal

April 2017


CMS has been appointed to provide renewal support to Manor Royal in the lead up to their BID ballot in late 2017.

Manor Royal is the largest industrial BID in the UK, extending to 540 acres, including over 500 different businesses and employs over 30,000 people.

The CMS team will now work closely with the BID to help them deliver a successful second term.

Manor Royal Executive Director Steve Sawyer commented: 

"We’re delighted to be working with CMS to assist with our renewal process. Over the past few years the Manor Royal BID has achieved such a lot, aspiring to the highest standards in all we do. By working with CMS we will ensure we follow a robust and engaging process to give confidence to our levy paying businesses that we are going about things the right way to extend our work through a second term".

Commenting on this new appointment, CMS CEO Paul Clement said:

"A key component of any CMS tender for work is to get 'under the skin' of each individual place. I was thrilled to be given a walking tour of the Manor Royal BID area, accompanied by its Executive Director, Steve Sawyer. I discovered something that many may not expect - an incredible sense of place that includes high visibility branding; mixed uses including technology, office headquarters, warehousing, distribution and light industrial; proximity to the Gatwick Airport hub; more building work than I think I have seen anywhere else in my recent travels; and even parks and open spaces, one including a brand new table-tennis table for staff. It isn't a traditional industrial estate at all - it is a vibrant, multi-functional commercial district serving the needs of its diverse community. At CMS our aim is to operate where we can learn more about how different places are made to work; we will learn much over the next year and it is a fantastic opportunity for us. Thanks to Steve and the team for engaging us".

To read more about Manor Royal BID, please visit their website here.

CMS appointed to provide management support in Twickenham

April 2017

CMS has been appointed to provide management support in Twickenham in the lead up to their BID renewal in early 2019. 

Some of the many services the CMS team will provide include dedicated Finance and HR management support, strategic and operational guidance, and marketing and communications support. 

The Twickenham BID team are committed to creating a desirable destination for business and shopping in the town and the team at CMS will now work closely with the BID to help them deliver their key initiatives in 2017/18. 

Serving up to 450 of levy payers in Twickenham. 

Twickenham BID Manager Gerry Barwick commented: 

"Try Twickenham are delighted to be working with CMS who are providing enhanced management support and strategic advice as we look ahead to our renewal ballot."

Commenting on this new appointment, CMS CEO Paul Clement said: 

"CMS has expanded enormously over the last year and our processes and systems are proving of great value to our managed BIDs across the Country. We are delighted to have entered into this long-term arrangement with the Board of the Twickenham BID and look forward to working with Gerry and the team to help support their local delivery." 

Every town centre is changing and Twickenham is no exception, with massive redevelopment underway. Twickenham town centre also abuts Twickenham Stadium which is hugely important to the essence of the place. Not only is it the home of the national rugby team but also the World Rugby Union Museum and it also hosts a series of concerts throughout the year. Thousands of people descend on Twickenham and the BID has a key part in showcasing it to the outside world at its very best.

CMS to investigate potential for BID in Maidstone

March 2017

CMS has been appointed by Community Interest Company, One Maidstone, to conduct a BID feasibility study in the town centre. 

One Maidstone is dedicated to improving its appeal to residents and visitors, with a strong focus on enhancing the trading environment. 

Maidstone is a thriving town centre, home to approximately 900 businesses. The CMS team will work closely with One Maidstone to investigate the place and conduct feasibility research to identify the priorities of the businesses. 

Lloyd Wright, Chairman of the One Maidstone BID Project said:

'One Maidstone is taking its first steps towards research into the development of a BID for Maidstone and we are delighted to be working with CMS in these early stages. We strongly believe that a BID is the formula that will enable Maidstone to enter a new chapter of community cohesion and a chance to deliver improvements to the town from which we are all set to benefit, raising the profile of Kent’s County Town to a destination we can all be proud of'. 

Paul Clement, CEO of CMS commented on this announcement: 

'I am very pleased that we have been selected by One Maidstone to partner with them as they explore the opportunities for a BID. We have recently worked with one of the key partners, Capital and Regional Plc who own The Mall Shopping Centre, in Ipswich and Hemel Hempstead. We now look forward to meeting and working with the wider business community in Kent's County town'.

Introducing our latest CMSLite clients Saffron Waldon & Harborne

March 2017

We are very excited to be supporting the BID development of both Saffron Walden (pictured) and Harborne. 

CMSLite is a technical support package for the 5 stages of developing and renewing a BID. Both locations will be working with their own dedicated Account Manager. 

Fiona Wright, Chief Operating Officer of CMS commented:

'The CMS team is thrilled to be providing support to both Harborne and Saffron Walden, both of which have the potential to go on to become exciting Business Improvement Districts. Saffron Walden via Uttlesford District Council has carried out their initial feasibility research and we look forward to supporting Harborne through this process too'.

Kate Smart, Village Centre Manager of Harborne Business association said: 

"We are excited to be developing a BID in Harborne and have appointed CMS to provide us with support based on their industry experience."

Central Milton Keynes successfully unlocks over £6million investment

March 2017

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

CMS appointed to produce research study on BIDs in Birmingham

December 2016

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

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

December 2016

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.