The importance of a balance in your team and place

Written by Lee Walker, Associate Director, Research and Development at CMS   As part of the training that my CMS colleagues and I have been enjoying recently, we did a session on our personality traits. The session was excellent and it was clear that all of us got real benefit out of it.   Without…

Public art – what’s the point?

Written by Jack Cripps, All About Ipswich Coordinator With most town improvement schemes and regeneration projects, public art is something you can expect to see. As part of the Tidal Barrier project in Ipswich, artists have been invited to create a piece of public art to reflect the local maritime history. Unlike an art gallery,…

Improvements to Bromley Town Centre

Written by Thomas Zane-Black, Events and Marketing Co-ordinator at Bromley BID. This summer Bromley Council is extending the public realm improvements to the remainder of the pedestrianised section of Bromley High Street. This follows successfully implementing the improvements to Bromley North. These improvements aim to create a High Street that has a cohesive look and feel, being…

10 reasons why you should go to the National BIDs Conference

British BIDs recently released details of the National BIDs Conference and it has been pleasing to see the response from the industry. For those who have not secured your tickets here are 10 quickfire reasons why you should; Speakers. The day will feature a range of top quality presenters. Wayne Hemingway MBE has already been…

Living in a digital age

Written by Emily Richards, Marketing Manager, CMS. I have recently started studying the IDM Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing. At Central Management Solutions, part of my daily schedule involves communicating to our audiences via various digital platforms.  As I make my way through the course modules with data application, website design, social media, search engine…

Not all publicity is good publicity in Place Marketing

If we have nothing else at CMS, it is a wealth of experience amongst our team of working in different types of ‘place’. It is that experience that has led us to introduce an updated corporate Vision for our own organisation, which is, simply: “Making Places Work” It does – and our team will always […]

Changing Places

If we have nothing else at CMS, it is a wealth of experience amongst our team of working in different types of ‘place’. It is that experience that has led us to introduce an updated corporate Vision for our own organisation, which is, simply: “Making Places Work” It does – and our team will always…

The 5-Stages of BID Development – The ‘i5 Upgrade’

On 9th January 2007 something very important happened. It wasn’t the inauguration of a new US President; neither was it the deepest snowfall in UK history. For that date will always be best known as the launch of a new, experimental device called the iPhone. Billions and billions of dollars later, almost everyone uses an…

Sutton Coldfield: A winning BID for superfast broadband

The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield has a long and proud history. Today, it’s a thriving place with around 3,000 businesses. The town centre offers quality retailing, and an active restaurant and nightlife economy. It is also houses many small office, studio and workshop based businesses that provide services of all kinds. The town centre’s…

Reflecting on our first CMS annual Symposium

Last week clients and friends gathered at King’s College in Cambridge for the first CMS Symposium. Hosted for us by intu’s Marc Myers, it started with him admitting that, when first asked, he wasn’t quite sure what a ‘symposium’ was. Me neither! But those very clever people in our marketing and branding department soon confirmed that…

BIDs should never be clones but…

Written by Ben Collins, Business Development Manager, CMS Whilst BIDs should never be an ‘off the shelf’ solution -indeed BIDs are sometimes not the solution at all- there are certain things that all developing BIDs should do as a matter of course to ensure success in the short, medium and long term. This is not…