Big City BID Conference 2017

Date & Time
The Garrett Suite, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

This conference is a chance for BIDs from the UK’s big cities including Manchester, London, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Cardiff, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham and Bristol to get together to discuss issues that we all share.

There are a plethora of BID conferences running across the UK, but, talking to our peers, Manchester BID understands that the issues faced by market towns or suburban BIDs are generally not the same as those facing BIDs in major urban centres. Therefore we are hosting a day when the UK’s big city BIDs can meet and share best practice.

The event will be an informal chance to network and discuss industry challenges and opportunities – hearing from colleagues across the BID industry. It will take place on the Monday of the Conservative Party Conference being held in Manchester, and we therefore hope to be joined by the BID Minister and members of DCLG.

Outline schedule

10.30am – 4.00pm, with lunch and two coffee breaks.

Morning Session

Discussion Topics: panel debates and open Q&A sessions 

  • Welcome from Manchester BID CEO Vaughan Allen
  • Shared Big City Issues
  • City Security: Resilience and Learnings

Afternoon Session

Discussion Topics: panel debates and open Q&A sessions 

  • Marketing and Events
  • The BID Industry and Future of BIDs
  • A.O.B


Billy Addy – Liverpool BID (CEO)
Dr Julie Grail – The BID Business (MD)
Adrian Field – Cardiff BID (Exec Director)
Rico Pieri – Heart of London BID
Keith Rundle – Destination Bristol (City Centre BID Manager)
Peter Williams – The Means/Better Bankside (Director)
Luciana Magliocco – New West End (Head of Consumer Marketing)
Professor Cathy Parker – Institute of Place Management
Kirsten Henly – Kingston First (Chief Exec)
Shaun Holland – Liverpool BID (Ops Manager)
Kathryn Shillito – Hull BID (City Centre BID Manager)
Sean Bullick – Newcastle (Chief Executive)
Adrian Watson – Aberdeen Inspired (CEO)

For further information, please email


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