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


Vaughan Allen – CEO, Manchester BID
Billy Addy – CEO, Liverpool BID
Adrian Field – Executive Director, Cardiff BID
Dr Julie Grail – MD, The BID Business
Luciana Magliocco – Head of Consumer Marketing, New West End Company
Professor Cathy Parker – Institute of Place Management
Rico Pieri – Business Resilience & Night Time Manager, Heart of London BID
Keith Rundle – City Centre BID Manager, Destination Bristol
Peter Williams – Director, The Means/Better Bankside

For further information, please email


Vaughan Allen
  • Chief Exec
  • CityCo & Manchester BID
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