A load of old rubbish

Written by Fiona Wright, COO of CMS and Director of Ipswich Central. Today was an Ipswich #itsmystreet clean up day. As the BID company, every time we run one of these in Ipswich it’s a bit of a three-line whip. Anyone in the office that day has to get involved right through from senior management…

Thoughts from our recent workshop day

Written by Sophie Alexander, Chair, Junior Board, CMS Having team days are important. Monday 31st July was our CMS Junior Board workshop day, stripping back what our company values are, why we exist and how we can ensure clients get the best experiences working with us. It was a great day with the Junior Board…

Southend BID prepares for BID2

Written by Jessica Lester, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Southend BID Previous to accepting the role at Southend BID, I admittedly did not know about business improvement districts at all. Having spent eight months in a role that I thoroughly enjoy, I have certainly developed a fascination for the world of BIDs: from their creation, to…

Day 6 of the CiBM

Written by Richard Stace, Chairman at CMS I was really pleased to have presented Day 6 of British BIDs’ Certificate in BID Management (CiBM) last week. As a practising employment law solicitor with a keen interest in BIDs, as you can imagine my day focused on Employment Law and HR issues that are relevant in…

A look at BID Operations in Ilford

Written by Richard Culley, Street Ambassador at Ilford BID Working in an operational role at Ilford BID I am often asked what my job involves. Well there is no quick answer as it involves overseeing and delivering several aspects of the Ilford BID projects and services. When I arrive into the office the first thing,…

Why I can’t wait for the National BIDs conference

Written by Abby Thomlinson, Finance & HR Manager at CMS For someone who has not been in the BID industry for the longest time (I didn’t even know what a BID was 2 years ago!) any opportunity to learn more about BIDs is a great one. I am lucky enough to work with a team…

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…