new British High St Academy get minister’s backing

A new academy that will train the next generation of high street professional got the backing of the Local Government Minister, Brandon Lewis MP, today.


The British BIDs Academy launched its formal qualification spec in March and is now fully subscribed for its first course starting this month with a waiting list already in place for next year’s enrolment.

Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis said:  “Business Improvement Districts are a force for good on the high street as they bring local business and councils together to make it easier for businesses to grow.  I’m delighted to launch this new professional qualification which will train the next generation of leaders that will bring their town centres back to life and boost their local economy.”

To date, the course has already attracted a wide range of participants from small and large BIDs as well as local authorities.

Marc Myers, Chairman of the British BIDs Chairs Forum and Ilford BID’s Chairman said: “The Academy allows BIDs to arm and future proof their organisations, ensuring that the businesses we represent are able to grow profitably and benefit from a more dynamic and progressive voice for business in the town centre.”

The course has been designed to provide a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Business Improvement District industry on a practical and technical level, delivered by industry experts and key practitioners in the BID world. This certificate marks a real advancement in the management of the UK’s towns and cities and acknowledges the role of BIDs at the heart of this evolution.

The brainchild of Dr Julie Grail who worked in association with the University of Westminster to develop this pioneering new accredited postgraduate course, said:


“To receive recognition from the Government, not only validates the importance of this professional qualification, but underlines the importance of effective place management on the national agenda, to rejuvenate town centres. We are thrilled to be here today with the Minister Brandon Lewis.


The course is scheduled annually over a six month period culminating in graduation at the British BIDs Annual Conference each year. Participants will attend the part-time course through a combination of distance learning and on-site training days. The course will culminate in an Assessment Day incorporating a panel of industry experts where participants will be required to attend and present on their chosen research topic. The course will cover all key aspects of working within a BID environment providing a professional and thorough insight into the general principles of BIDs; BID management and governance; BID ballot techniques; Operational management of BIDs; and Marketing and Communications in BIDs. Participants will also have the opportunity to get a comprehensive understanding of the wider BID industry through involvement in the Nationwide BID Survey Boot Camp together with getting first-hand experience in a different BID environment through the BID exchange component of the course.

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