The BID Foundation has now launched a new map showing the locations of BIDs across the UK and Ireland. At launch on Monday this had details of 286 BIDs but feedback since then has increased this to 291. We would very much welcome any additions.

The interactive map enables each BID to be seen, provides the name of the BID, and where one is available, provides a link to the BID website. A second version of the map will be available shortly exclusively to BID Foundation members with additional information.

The publication of the map and list is part of our commitment to provide a trusted and authoritative voice for BIDs that will develop understanding of their role and significance and to support the BIDs industry in being accountable and transparent.

The map was commissioned by The BID Foundation and compiled by the Institute of Place Management (Simon Quin and Tom Hindmarch). We have scoured mulitple sources to identify active BIDs and are grateful for the information provided by many of our members and the others listed below.

In compiling the map, we have used the following sources:

Representing BIDs final report and supporting background information with details of 100 BIDs from Rocket Science

www.bidintel.co.uk (no longer available) and https://twitter.com/bid_intel?lang=en. Both these information sources were from Sven Latham but are no longer maintained, though they were extremely useful at the time.

The BID ballot registration lists by quarter and year from 2012-2017 published by DCLG/MHCLG

Mayor of London map of Business Improvement Districts and email exchange https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/business-and-economy/supporting-business/map-londons-business-improvement-districts-bids

Birmingham City Council list of BIDs https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/download/144/business_improvement_districts_bids

BID Scotland website and email exchange https://www.bids-scotland.com/

Welsh Government BID list and email exchange http://gov.wales/topics/housing-and-regeneration/grants-and-funding/business-improvement-districts/?lang=en

Northern Ireland BIDs website and email exchange http://nibids.org/about/

Groundwork BIDs website  https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/clm/pages/business-improvement-districts-clm

Partnerships for Better Business website and conversations with Ian Ferguson FIPM https://www.pfbbuk.co.uk/

Heartflood website and conversations with Chris Gregory MIPM https://heartflood.co.uk/

Mosaic website and conversations with Mo Aswat FIPM http://themosaicpartnership.co.uk/

Regen Management website http://www.regenmanagement.co.uk/

British BIDs website http://britishbids.info/

Kolek Consulting website http://www.kolekconsulting.co.uk/

Revive & Thrive website and conversations with Mark Barnes http://reviveandthrive.co.uk/

Central Management Solutions website http://www.centralmanagementsolutions.co.uk/

Our content was extended and improved by our participation in a number of events in which BIDs, local authorities and others from BID industry also participated. Notably:

  • Southern BIDs meeting, Winchester
  • London Industrial BIDs Group, London
  • Mayor of London’s London BIDs Summit, City Hall
  • Wales BIDs group, Newtown
  • Northern Ireland BIDs, Belfast
  • ATCM Midlands meeting, Hinckley
  • ATCM Brexit Conference, Birmingham
  • A Future for Ireland’s Towns, Sligo (hosted by Ireland’s BIDs)
  • Revive & Thrive Conferences, Northwich and Chester
  • Policy Exchange High Streets Conference, London
  • Inside Government High Streets Conference, London
  • Consultee on Arts Council BIDs Improving Places report

We were not starting from a zero base. Simon Quin worked in Reading when it became one the original 22 pilot BIDs that formed the National BID Pilot in 2003. He was then Chief Executive of ATCM from 2004-2010 during which time we ran many BID events as well as 6 Summer Schools and a World Congress that were attended by BIDs and local authorities. As the Institute, we already had members from BIDs as well as the wider industry, and many of them have shared information. We also had extensive access to BIDs via social media. The Institute has some 3000 followers on twitter, many of whom are BIDs or local authorities with BIDs. We have BID followers on LinkedIn. We searched #BIDs on a regular basis.

Work began on the list in Summer 2017 and has taken several months to compile. We undertook extensive internet searches to find contact details and check the results of BID ballots, using local authority sites, local newspapers, social media, consultant and BID websites where they exist.

We shall shortly be making a Developing BIDs map and list available.