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BID leaders to address challenges of 'safe and social' towns

Leaders of Business Improvement Districts will meet in London on 8th November to discuss new ways to manage 'safe and social' spaces in towns and cities around the UK.

The BID Leadership Network, run by The BID Foundation and Institute of Place Management, will host a range of blue chip brands and place experts, including Centre for Cities, Allies and Morrison, and Tesco.

Top of the agenda is sharing best practice in placemaking and local partnership working, as well as responding to national pressures such as the rise in shoplifting, concerns about anti-social behavour, and the ongoing cost of living pressures.

As places continue to evolve their offers to cater for post-covid consumer and visitor behaviours, our towns and cities continue have their own unique characters and demands. The Leadership Network provides a space for those 

Network speaker and IPM Director, Matthew Davis FIPM, said:

"There is a great range of work that BIDs are delivering in order to create ‘safe and social spaces’, and a key output of this event is to feed our discussions back to Home Office, DLUHC, and other national stakeholders".

"We know there are key issues characterising the challenges across UK town and city centres - a lack of resource funding, the economic pressures on high street operators, the difficulties of coordinating funding and operations across a range of geographical and organisational boundaries, and the perceptions of place users".

"By conveneing on the 8th November, we can share successes and possible solutions, but also raise areas where more could be done. I'm delighted that we'll have a number of different perspectives throughout the day - from research, policy and practitioners."


Details of the agenda for the Leadership Network can be found below.

All places are now taken, however if members or non-members are interested in contributing to future discussions, please contact


The BID Foundation – Leadership Network

12noon – 4.30pm | 8th Nov | ‘Safe and Social Spaces’, hosted by Team London Bridge

The Hive, 8 Holyrood St, London SE1 2E


12:00 - 12:45 Arrival, lunch and networking

12:45 - 12:50 Welcome from Nadia Broccardo, Co-Chair, TBF and CEO, Team London Bridge

12:50 - 13:05 Matthew Davis FIPM: Setting the scene: BIDs and their role in the creation and management of safe and social spaces

13:05 - 13:30 Paul Swinney, Director of Policy and Research, Centre for Cities: latest and future trends impacting towns and cities

13:30 - 14:10 Best practice showcase – TBF members

14:10 - 14:30 Yasmine McNamara, Security Manager, Tesco: Partnering with BIDs for safer retail environments

14:30 - 14:45 Refreshment break

14:45 - 15:15 Imogen Blaikie and Jacob Neville, Allies & Morrison: Placemaking excellence – designing and delivering safe and social spaces

15:15 - 16:15 Panel session, group discussion and feedback

16:15 - 16:30 Close and Industry Standards award presentations – Lisa Gibbs

5pm onwards – Post-event drinks and networking – Nine Lives, 8 Holyrood St


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