Big City BID Conference brings UK community to Manchester

25th Apr 2018

Manchester Business Improvement District has welcomed colleagues from the across the UK to our second Big City BIDs Conference.

There are a plethora of BID conferences running across the UK, but, talking to our peers, there is a consensus that that the issues faced by market towns or suburban BIDs are generally not the same as those facing BIDs in major urban centres.

We therefore launched the new Big City BID series in October 2017 as a biannual meeting to share best practice.

Hosted at the Museum of Science and Industry, the 24 April 2018 event gathered together BID leaders from across London, Liverpool, Leeds, Lincoln, Hull, Cardiff, Swansea, Newcastle, York, Chester, Winchester, Bradford, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Kingston, Sunderland, Norwich, Sheffield and Southampton.

Thank you to all for attending.


The gathering was an informal chance to network, share inspiration and debate industry challenges. We raised a whole mix of topics including:

BID Renewal feedback from ourselves in Manchester (who led the Manchester BID to a 77% vote in favour in December 2017); alongside wins from Baker Street BID and Norwich BID.

Complying to GDPR across the BID industry with our Chief Exec Vaughan Allen and advice from Colmore BID.

Opportunities and limitations of working in some of our most protected historic city centres; with viewpoints from Chester BID, York BID and Winchester BID.

Benefits of BIDs in helping to attract and welcome international visitors; with a showcase from Liverpool BID of the city’s tourism projects and partnerships.

BID legislation and lobbying required with government to better support the BID industry; with opinion from Leeds BID, Dr Julie Grail, Institute of Place Management and ATCM.

Innovative BID public realm projects to improve city air quality from Bankside BID and New West End BID; plus an overview of successful parking initiatives from Swansea BID.

The BID Foundation

The BID Foundation is a new industry-led body for Business Improvement Districts, launched in January by the IPM. The Foundation Council is chaired by Andrew Cooper, Chief Exec of Leeds BID.

For more information about services and membership, visit the website.

Next Meeting

The baton will now pass to Liverpool BID for the next meeting on Tuesday 25 September. Invitations to follow. We look forward to seeing everyone there then.



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