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…

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…