Tax is going digital – is it the end of spreadsheet record keeping?

Written by Trish Summers, Director, CMS Many of you may have read or heard about MTD – Making Tax Digital.  There has certainly been a lot of media coverage surrounding the personal tax return element of this, but did you know that this will also affect businesses, including BIDs, and the way they provide information…

The CiBM experience

Written by Wilma Sagoe, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Ilford BID I was really curious about the Certificate in BID Management Course (CIBM) and decided to take it on this year; it’s a recognised course in the industry and provides an interesting insight into the BID world. When the opportunity to join the course presented…

Why BIDs should engage with their residential community

Written by Frances Forrest, Bromley BID Manager. When our BID community talks about engagement, we usually mean engagement with levy paying businesses. But today I want to talk about engagement with the residential community, something many BIDs are wary (and often for good reasons) of doing. Firstly, why I think BIDs should engage with their…

BIDs and ‘The Establishment’

Written by Paul Clement, CEO of CMS. The term ‘the establishment’ has come to mean a status quo to which there is no viable or possible alternative. It is about power, exercised from within society, which bears down upon any notion of risk or change and creates common association through some reassurance of continuity. Oddly…

Let’s talk about Litter

Written by Emma Lightfoot, Membership Co-ordinator of Ipswich DMO According to a variety of sources, fly-tipping and littering is a problem that the UK just don’t seem able to solve. Clearing the streets, parks and other public places costs an enormous amount of money each year and always rates high in surveys of residents’ local issues….

A decade away

Written by Andrew Sheldon, Research and Development Executive, CMS. I was on Facebook this afternoon and this photo flashed up as a suggested memory to post to my wall from 10 years ago today. This was me giving a presentation to leaders from local community groups on what was an innovative CSR project designed to…