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National BIDs Conference - 19th October 2017

The Industry Event of the Year

The National BIDs conference will take place on Thursday 19th October at Downing College, in the heart of Cambridge.

We are pleased to announce our full line-up with information on our fantastic selection of speakers here.  

The National BIDs Conference is all about BIDs, for BIDs and is an excellent opportunity to catch-up and network with industry peers whether you are a BID Chief Executive, BID Manager, staff member, Board member, Local Authority, levy payer, stakeholder or a policy maker. 

The day will include a variety of robust policy and industry debates whilst also allowing essential practical showcasing, discussions and plenty of opportunities for networking. The National BID Survey results will be revealed and analysed, the National BID Awards will be presented and the Certificate in BID Management classes will graduate. The day will culminate with an evening drinks reception.

This year, you can tailor your afternoon to your requirements by choosing the masterclass sessions you feel will most benefit you. The masterclasses will include discussions around the changes in data law, marketing, customer experience,  BID renewal, best practice, BID development and much more. 

There will be a BID Chairs’ Breakfast taking place prior to the conference should Chairs wish to attend. This commences at 8.30am. Please contact us to arrange a place.

Join the conversation #NBC17

Delegate rate = £260 + VAT

British BIDs member delegate rate = £195 +VAT 

British BIDs members receive a 25% discount. To book your place, please enter your unique membership number in the 'promotional code' box to validate and receive your membership discount. To ensure a smooth and efficient booking process, a debit card or credit card transaction is recommended. If you are unsure of your membership number, then please contact the British BIDs team on 0845 112 0118. To purchase a ticket via a direct invoice, please contact Shahed on 0845 112 0118 or email


08:30 - 9:30 Chair's Breakfast

09:30 Registration

10:30 - 10:40 Welcome from Ian Payne (host), and Chris Turner (British BIDs CEO)

10:40 - 11:40 People, Places and the role of BIDs
- Wayne Hemingway MBE

11:40 - 12.00 CiBM graduates presentation of certificates

12:00 - 13:00 Regenerating City Centres
- John Parmiter, Director, Future High Streets: How to access capital funding into high streets for big projects.
- Neil Cuttell, City Deal Executive, Cambridge Local Authority Partnership: How LEP's can engage and interact with BIDs.

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14.00 - 15:30 Masterclasses to choose from:

Mel Richardson, Mel Richardson Consultancy: Good governance. What you need to know and do.
Rob Manning, Group Strategy Director, Jacob Bailey: Data law changes and how BIDs need to prepare.
Paul Clement, Director, British BIDs: Developing and renewing a BID.
Penny Power OBE, CEO and Founder, The Business Cafe: Reactivating dead spaces. Exploring hot desking and business cafes.
Jorge Saraiva, Vice President, DigitalTown: Smart Cities
Emma Thornton, CEO of Visit Cambridge and Beyond: BIDs and DMOs - opportunities for collaboration to strengthen and enhance delivery
Sophie Power, CEO and Founder, Airlabs: Clean air projects and innovation/sustainability
Mark Copeman, Co-Founder, Customer Thermometer LLP: Real time feedback and reporting
Sven Latham, Director, Noggin: Data analysis for town centre management

15:30 - 16.00 Break

16:00 - 16:50 National BID Survey 2017 results and panel discussion
- Presented by Chris Turner
- Panel: Steve Sawyer, Executive Director at Manor Royal BID. Patricia Bench, Director at HammersmithLondon. John Fletcher, Real Estate Manager at Nationwide.

16:50 - 17:15 Round-up, BID award winners announcement and presentation & close

17:15 Drinks reception

19:00 Event ends


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