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Review of the High Street – BBPA welcomes more funding for Business Improvement Districts


Commenting on the Government’s response to the Mary Portas review, Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, said:

“I’m pleased to see a £500,000 investment fund to help Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) with their start up costs. BIDs have been really successful in getting venues, the licensing authorities and the police to work well together for the good of their town centres.

“There are now over 100 BIDs, which shows this works. In Nottingham, which led the way, we’ve seen money raised by the levy-payers themselves, to fund taxi marshals at weekends, street ambassadors, the part part-funding of an annual food and drink festival, clean-up campaigns and other initiatives.

“All this has improved the atmosphere in the city centre, and the Government is right to invest in voluntary schemes that really work. At the end of the day, successful town centres are vibrant and safe. Pubs and the night-time economy have a very positive part to play in revitalising our town centres.”

Notes to editors:

Over one hundred BIDs are now in existence across the UK and BBPA members contribute to many of these. The BBPA was instrumental in promoting the Nottingham BID, which was established in October 2007 and is the first specific licensed retail BID in the UK. The BID was renewed in 2008. The BBPA sits on the Nottingham BID’s committee and it is supported by the BBPA Midlands.

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and own half of Britain’s 51,000 pubs.


Community, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture & Tourism, Regulation, Responsiblity Deal , Licensing

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