London BIDs Summit 2017

08 November 2017

On Wednesday 8th November, City Hall hosted the 2017 London Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) Summit. Representatives from BIDs across London and supporting organisations gathered in London’s Living Room for a day of dynamic discussion, workshops and celebration of the hard work that London’s BIDs do to help improve our city.

The GLA’s Culture Team kicked-off the day with the launch of ‘Improving Places: Culture & Business Improvement District: Thriving Partnerships’, a joint report by the Mayor, the Arts Council and King’s College London. The report highlights six areas where BIDs and cultural organisations can work together; placemaking, place-branding, business development, affordable spaces, community and creative programming. The impact that such collaboration between BIDs and cultural organisations can have on improving communities is immense, as seen with the work of the Heart of London Business Alliance and Lumiere London in 2016.

Throughout the morning, guests from the GLA, London & Partners and London First provided insight into the role of BIDs in London’s culture, business, night time economy and more. Deputy Mayor of London for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, highlighted what the Mayor and LEAP are doing to help London’s SMEs, while Night Czar, Amy Lamé, described her own experience with BIDs and how they are important in maintaining London’s success. The afternoon consisted of various workshops on how BIDs can be made a more integral part of our everyday life in business, education and culture. Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, closed the event alongside BID chairs.

Many thanks to London First, Team London Bridge and the New West End Company for their efforts in making the London BIDs Summit such as success.