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ATCM BIDs Conference - A New Era for Public-Private Collaboration
Thu, May 18, 2017, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM BST
Local government is under pressure. Public sector spending continues to be squeezed. Seven years into fiscal consolidation and councils across the country are being asked to make difficult decisions about service delivery.
In different ways, BIDs are a casualty of this shift. There are BIDs that can no longer rely on the financial support of their local authority. There are others facing a breakdown in the relationship with their local authority because of redundancies to key personnel responsible for economic development. There are others still that are being forced to take on public services.
Is there a better way that benefits everyone? The very benefits that BIDs bring can trigger the local growth required to ease the pressure on public finances. The increasing versatility and maturity of the industry means BIDs can support objectives around business support, reducing skills gaps, boosting inward investment and growing the visitor economy. However, do councils need to engage in constructive and strategic partnership to achieve this? And does 100% business rates retention raise the stakes in getting this right?
The Inaugural ATCM BIDs conference will explore the relationship between BIDs and local government and discuss a framework for a better relationship between the two. We will demonstrate how BIDs are delivering growth and identify best practice in the development of collaboration between the public-private sector.
This event is for BIDs (both existing and developing), local government, levypayers, LEPs and many others. It is free to ATCM members.
John Clancy, Leader, Birmingham City Council
Adrian Watson, CEO of Aberdeen Inspired
Simon Pitkeathly, Chief Executive, Camden Town Unlimited and Euston Town BIDs
Susannah Wilks, Director, Cross River Partnership
Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive, LeedsBID
Finbarr Filan, Chair, Sligo BID
Ojay McDonald, Public Policy Manager, Association of Town and City Management