Future of London welcomes new BIDs

On Thursday, 5th May, Future of London and research partners Rocket Science held an event to showcase three new central London BIDs and consider the impact they might have on their areas. Following the launch of The Evolution of London’s Business Improvement Districts in March, Future of London director Lisa Taylor and report authors Jo Wilson … [Read more...]

The Evolution of London BIDs – report launch

The Evolution of London's Business Improvement Districts, Future of London’s new report, delivered in partnership with Rocket Science, was launched on 10th March at the Shard. Commissioned by the GLA and London Enterprise Panel to assess the impact and potential of London BIDs in a fast-changing municipal environment, the report builds on existing … [Read more...]

The Evolution of London’s Business Improvement Districts

  Future of London and partners Rocket Science have been researching London’s Business Improvement Districts for the GLA and LEP. The resulting report is launched today: the executive summary is below, and you can download the full report from our Publications page. The report launch will take place at the Shard, where Future of … [Read more...]

Localism in 2015 – A framework for devolution

In 2015, the term ‘localism’ seems outdated; even in 2011 when the Localism Act was passed, little of the thinking attached to it was new. However, the roots of the current Devolution Bill – arguably the ‘new localism’ – can be traced back to the Coalition agenda, which comprised not only the Localism Bill, but also broad public service reform and … [Read more...]

Exploring the potential of London’s Business Improvement Districts

The London Enterprise Panel and the Greater London Authority have commissioned Future of London and Rocket Science to undertake a research project on London’s Business Improvement Districts. As the Capital approaches the Mayor’s target of 50 BIDs by 2016, this project will take stock of achievements to date, assess the current state of BIDs in … [Read more...]

Field trip: Partnerships on the South Bank

On June 17th, Future of London explored how third-sector partnerships are helping to create vibrant and successful places along London’s South Bank. Our field trip brought together three organisations offering different models of how groups outside the public sector can promote social value: South Bank Employers’ Group, Better Bankside, and … [Read more...]

Working with BIDs

The 2003 Local Government Act introduced Business Improvement Districts to the UK, adopting a well-established practice from North America, where they have been used since the 1960s. BIDs have flourished in the UK, with over 200 nationwide – 36 of which are based in the Capital. BIDs come in all shapes and sizes, from multi-million pound West … [Read more...]

Breakfast Bites with host Lewis Silkin

This autumn, Future of London is partnering with law firm Lewis Silkin to host a series of breakfast seminars. These ‘Breakfast Bites’ will focus on hot topics facing built environment practitioners. Each event will include a light breakfast, followed by a panel of speakers and Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for networking over … [Read more...]

Business Improvement Districts on the rise

At the heart of the coalition government’s localism agenda is the devolution of power towards communities. Future of London’s recent event on localism, planning, and community empowerment explored how different types of communities have organised into local-scale institutions beyond traditional governance structures. This discussion included the … [Read more...]

Localism, planning & community empowerment

Almost one year to the day that the Localism Act was given Royal Assent, Future of London held a breakfast seminar looking at its impact on 14 November 2012, in partnership with Portland. The devolution of power, particularly to the hands of communities, is central to the aims of localism and of the coalition government. This seminar brought … [Read more...]