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IPM Bulletin - December 2022

In this issue:

  • Join our IPM Festive Research Seminar (8th Dec)
  • Catch up - Standards and Place Leadership webinar
  • Future events
  • New appointments at IPM and The BID Foundation
  • Opportunities for IPM Members (upcoming contracts)
  • BIDs - a £1bn+ contribution to place


Welcome to our latest quarterly IPM bulletin in another period that’s seen the Institute and our members involved in a range of key policy briefings for national and local government and agencies.

The most recent of these was a briefing with senior officers at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to discuss the current approach to high street / town centres and help identify priorities for policy development.

It follows an earlier briefing with DLUHC to discuss the progress of the High Streets Task Force, and place management and leadership in the UK more generally.

IPM Chair, Professor Cathy Parker SFIPM, says: “As well as discussing recent place policy with the Department, the meeting was a good opportunity to reflect on the delivery of the Task Force programme as it enters its third year and looks ahead to a further 18 months of work with local authorities and communities.”

You can read a full report via IPM meets Department of Levelling Up to discuss high street support and Task Force legacy | Institute of Place Management

We’ll reflect on further briefings later in this bulletin but would at this point ask members who have insights on topical or practical policy issues to let us know. We’re always keen to highlight the place management and leadership experiences of IPM members in these conversations. (Please email


IPM Festive Seminar

8 December, 3pm-5pm | online or in-person at MMUBS (register)

Join the IPM's Festive Seminar; a bonanza of place-related talks and a round up of the Institute's work this year, with Prof Cathy Parker and Dr. Steve Millington. Talks include:

- Cities of the future
- Retail and social change
- Sound and the city environment
- Age-friendly urban redevelopment
- The experience of singlehood in Greater Manchester
- Access to support services for marginalised groups.

And for those joining us in person, a mince pie and festive refreshments. If you're online, do bring your own!


Demolish, re-purpose, re-let? (11th May 2023)

Are you involved as an owner, manager, agent, place leader or would-be occupier in a shopping centre or former high street retail department store that’s undergoing change? IPM is hosting a webinar on this issue in the spring of next year and is keen to hear from practitioners with case study examples to share. Do please get in touch via with ‘May Webinar’ as the subject heading. The webinar is on Thursday 11th May from 2pm with details at: Events | Institute of Place Management

Other early 2023 IPM events include:

+ Masterclass: Place Management and Leadership, Wednesday 18th January, 10am-4pm (register)

+ How can we create vital and viable places? Thursday 9th February, 2pm-3.30pm (register)


The importance of standards (watch)

The IPM has formally launched its portfolio of codes of conduct for placemakers – individual member, partners and BIDs. They were the focus of an IPM webinar on ‘Standards in Place Leadership’ which had more than 70 registrations.

Watch the Standards in Place Leadership webinar >
featuring excellent presentations from Jan Kattein FIPM, Prof Cathy Parker SFIPM, Allison Herbert MIPM, and Matt Colledge FIPM.

You can find the 3 IPM Codes of Conduct online, and do please review the one(s) most relevant to your placemaking role if you’ve not done so recently.


Would your placemaking organisation value IPM Partner status?

For organisations that would value strong links with the Institute, IPM has two Partner member options. We’ve recently added a second level in response to feedback from current and would-be partner organisations about how such a relationship would work best for them. You’ll see the details set out in an updated section of our website at: IPM Membership ( in the ‘Partnership for Organisations’ section.

The main change is that we now have two levels of Partnership available.

  • Associate Partner
  • Member-Approved Partner.

If you are part of an organisation that you think would be interested, do please get in touch via


IPM Chief Economist and other new appointments

There’ve been a number of new appointments across IPM and The BID Foundation to report.

+ The BID Foundation – the professional body for Business Improvement Districts in the UK, representing more than 80 of the most influential BIDs – has appointed new Co-Chairs: Nadia Broccardo, Chief Executive of Team London Bridge, and Michele Wilby, Chief Executive of Colmore BID, Birmingham. They take over from Bill Addy, Chief Executive of Liverpool BID Company, who, alongside Andrew Cooper and Stefan Gurney as Vice Chairs, have led The BID Foundation since 2018. Stefan who is Chief Executive of Norwich BID, will continue in the role of Vice Chair. There’s more detail on this via Place leaders from London and Birmingham elected to Chair Business Improvement District body | Institute of Place Management

+ IPM are pleased to announce that Christian Spence will be joining the team in a visiting role as Chief Economist. Many members will know Christian already as a Fellow of the Institute, providing much-needed economic commentary and insight. Christian remains Economic Data Lead at Open Innovations, where he provides valuable data science and analytics for a range of users. In a busy first few weeks, Christian took on a number of briefing and media engagements on the recent fiscal statement: see IPM Chief Economist, Christian Spence, on the UK emergency fiscal statement | Institute of Place Management

+ IPM has added to its already strong group of Senior Fellows with the election of Mark Gregory, Visiting Professor of Business Economics at Staffordshire University. In a career spanning three decades, Mark has worked in more than 50 countries as an advisor to governments, multilateral agencies and industry on economics, policy and regulation. This includes a decade as EY’s Chief Economist in the UK.


BIDs – a £1bn+ contribution to place

Continuing our series of reports on IPM contributions to policy briefings…

+ IPM Chair, Professor Cathy Parker, was invited to take part in the keynote panel discussion at the Institute of Economic Development Conference on town centre innovation. Cathy was asked what innovation she thought made a difference to success, and spoke about its role in governance, and specifically about Business Improvement Districts and how they effectively network local businesses, estimating that they’ve contributed over £1bn - most of which being private sector funding - to place management and development, since BID legislation was brought into law. Cathy also discussed more informal types of governance, where local authorities, businesses (often through BIDs) and the wider community have an equal seat at the table.

+ In November, IPM had a useful catch up with colleagues at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to discuss progress / approaches to high street / town centre regeneration. The meeting was an opportunity to highlight what we see as the relatively low number of Business Improvement Districts across the Northwest. This we argued may make it harder for existing BIDs, especially those in smaller centres, to be properly linked into place decision making.

Thank you for taking the time to read this latest IPM bulletin. On behalf of the IPM team we wish you a very happy Christmas and successful placemaking 2023.


Opportunities for IPM members

A regular feature of these bulletins and our interim updates for members is to share details of invitations to tender, calls for evidence, and speaking or media opportunities.

The most recent of these are:

  • Welsh Government consultation on rates (ends Dec 14):
  • Lambeth: management of 'Your Street Your Way' design competition to enable local people to re-design 10 locations across the borough (ends Dec 12): View online

  • GB-Woking: Place Branding and Marketing - a Destination Woking marketing project to promote the borough to attract inward investment: View online

  • Cambridge City Council - Play Strategy (EOI); a review of place space provision in the City (early notification): view online

  • Natural England - Urban Greening Research: undertake research to grow our understanding of private sector interests in driving forward the greening of urban areas for all the benefits to health and wellbeing, nature and climate. (ends 10 Jan 23): view online


The Institute is always happy to consider partnering with members on tenders, so if that might be of interest, do please connect with us via




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