Business Improvement Districts: Models for Economic Renewal
30 June, 2003

One day conference

Barbican Centre, London, EC2 – Wednesday 9 July 2003
with Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, Minister for Local Government, ODPM

As the Local Government Bill continues its progress through Parliament, legislation will soon to be introduce to provide for the introduction of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). With draft guidance already in circulation, local authorities now need to develop proposals and form partnerships to best take advantage of a concept that will be central to the Government’s urban renewal agenda.

Hosted by the New Local Government Network (NLGN), and with a keynote address from local government minister Nick Raynsford MP, this one day national conference will consider the impact of BIDs on revitalising town centres and other business locations. In doing so, the conference aims to assess the degree to which businesses and councils can work together to help reduce crime, improve transport, encourage business growth and regenerate local environments.

Conference plenary and seminar sessions include:

  • The business perspective
  • The local authority
  • The role of the voluntary sector in delivering BIDs
  • Retail, property & BIDs
  • Funding a BID
  • Applying the BID concept in a small town
  • Implementing BIDs in an industrial environment
  • Principles for operating and maintaining a BID

Other speakers include:
Amanda McIntyre, Head of Modernising Government, CBI; Cllr Ian Green, Economic Regeneration Executive, LGA; Tim Houghton, Executive Director, Groundwork West London; Dr Martin Stockdale, City Centre Manager, CV One; Gordon Campbell, Head of Planning – Property, Mishcon de Reya; Nic Suggit, ODPM and Dan Corry, Executive Director, NLGN.

A full agenda for the conference can be found at

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