Community newspaper exposes London BID campaign against homeless and Roma

A community newspaper has run a report which exposes a campaign directed against street homeless and Roma in central London. Fitzrovia News reports: “A business group in Fitzrovia has told its members that there is enough accommodation on offer for homeless people and that the vast majority of rough sleepers choose to stay on the streets”. Continue reading

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Journal of UK BIDs has regular news reports on British business improvement districts

BID Intel is a relatively new website that gives a reasonable balanced view of BIDs in the UK. It brings news of yes and no ballot results and steers away from most of the marketing puff associated with the pro-BID websites. Continue reading

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Bridgend business improvement district and its discontents

Opposing views of a proposed BID in the market town of Bridgend south Wales are being aired.  Continue reading

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Anti-BID Facebook group grows past 1,500 members

The anti-bid Facebook group has now got more than 1,500 members.  Continue reading

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Advice on how to stop or challenge a BID

Lots of people contact this website and ask how they can stop a proposed business improvement district (BID) but more often than not they contact us after a BID ballot has returned a yes vote. We’ve produced a page with some advice on what to do. Read it here.

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BIDs are accountable in some ways and not others

Academics Ian Cook and Kevin Ward, who co-authored a paper on the future of BIDs, said there was an issue with accountability.  Continue reading

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Court orders Dartmouth businesses to pay BID levy

Dartmouth Business Improve­ment District’s regeneration dream has degenerated in to a legal battle for cash which has left some of the town’s business owners facing a visit from the bailiffs and even jail.  Continue reading

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