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Join our guests in Bristol

Jo Cox-Brown

Jo Cox-Brown

Jo has worked extensively to create vibrant towns and cities after hours, through her role as Founder of Night Time Economy Solutions and as a High Streets Task Force Expert.

Ojay McDonald

Ojay McDonald

We're delighted to host Ojay, Chief Executive of ATCM, at a BID Leadership Network for the first time, bringing his policy insight and place experience to the discussion.

Bristol light festival

Bristol Light Festival

A guided tour of the festival bringing colour, light and play to the city centre, with commissions from renowned artists.

Prof Cathy Parker

Prof Cathy Parker

IPM Chair, Professor Cathy Parker, will join the discussion about the vitality and resilience of night time economies.

Vicky Lee

Vicky Lee

As Head of Bristol City Centre BID, Vicky will bring her experience of curating events and experience in this unique city.


BIDs from across the UK

Network with BIDs from across the UK, as we open the Network to any BID for the first time.

8th February 2023 | Bristol Mariott Royal Hotel
12.30pm - 5.00pm | followed by tour of light festival and social

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Free - TBF Members
£25 - ATCM Members
£100 - other


The BID Foundation Leadership Network comes to Bristol, hosted by the City Centre BID, to experience the light festival in the city and focus on BIDs and the night time economy.

In the aftermath of COVID, leisure and the evening economy is an even more signficant aspect of successful towns and cities. With retail moving backwards - over 9,000 outlets have been lost since March 2020 - eating and drinking establishments have grown in number by 3.8% in the same period.

So, demand is clear, as visitors seek experiences during less frequent trips to centres, locally or on a short getaway. But obstacles remain; nightclubs are closing across the UK, resources prove difficult, and ensuring the public feel safe at night is a major challenge.

At the Leadership Network, we'll look at exemplars of the night time economy and hear from experts on what BIDs can do to support the night time sectors.

  • Jo Cox Brown has worked with towns and cities across the country to create safer more diverse areas after dark. She is passionate about night-time economy place management and is Fellow of the Institute of Place Management and a Member of the Institute of Licensing.

  • Ojay McDonald has been instrumental in understanding and benchmarking the evening economy, through his leadership of ATCM and its Purple Flag accreditation. He will share his practical and policy insights from working around the UK and beyond.

  • Vicky Lee is Head of Bristol City Centre BID, leading a range of projects and events which interact with and support the evening economy, in a location famous for the richness of its local arts culture. Vicky will share learnings from her experience with the Network, including leading a tour of the acclaimed Bristol Light Festival.

  • Prof Cathy Parker will again join the Network to provide her insight and findings from the Institute of Place Management on the state of the evening economy and its interaction with vital and viable places.

  • A Tour of Bristol Light Festival will follow the Leadership Network, including drinks and social event at the close of the tour.

8th February | Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel

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