Inspiring Quality and Innovation in the BID industry


The Bb BID Academy runs the Certificate in BID Management, which is the industry’s formal qualification for BID professionals and is delivered in collaboration with the University of Westminster.

The Certificate in BID Management is:

  • An academic-accredited postgraduate short course aimed at both BID and non-BID personnel.
  • A part-time course through a combination of distance learning and on-site training days.
  • A six month course, culminating in graduation at the British BIDs Annual Conference.
  • A qualification which covers all aspects of working within a BID environment:
    • BID management and governance
    • BID ballot techniques
    • Operational management of BIDs
    • Marketing and communication in BIDs

Other aspects of the Certificate include:

  • The Nationwide BID Survey Boot Camp
  • The BID Exchange Programme

Applications for the 2016 course can be submitted between the 1st September 2015 and the 1st March 2016. Please read our one pager here or email and we can give you more information. The course runs from May to October.

Bb Academy 2014 Group high res

Class of 2014
Left to right: Dr Julie Grail (Bb), Ben Collins (Ilford BID), Rebecca Handley (Kingstonfirst), Lee Walker (Ipswich Central), Katie Lindsey (Baker Street Quarter), Andrew Cooper (Bath BID),  Maris Puks (Waterloo Quarter), Alison Shaw (BID Leamington), Josyanne Thatcher (Cornwall Council), Terry Wilden (University of Westminster), Alison Dewey (Southend BID), Paul Clement (Bb)

Watch how the academy has helped our 2014 graduates on our YouTube channel here:

Lee Walker – Ipswich Central

Alison Dewey – Southend BID


Class of 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Left to right: Sarah Telles (Bb), Dr Julie Grail (Bb), Julie Thorneycroft (Northampton BID), Hasanul Hoque (Camden Town Unlimited), Frances Forrest (Vauxhall One), Ann Hunter (Ealing Broadway BID), Russell Downing (Newbury BID), Cherry Shine (Wolverhampton Council), Robin Hibbert (New West End Company), Tim Edmundson (University of Westminster), Catherine Turness (Winchester BID), Paul Clement (Bb), Greg Clark (Bb)

Academy Research Archive

Research reports from candidates with a mark of merit and above can be downloaded here:

Class of 2014
Andrew Cooper: How does a BID create an identity that is separate and distinct from the Local Authority? Andrew Cooper 2014 Merit

Rebecca Handley: Utilisation of the Right to Challenge Process: Impact on Business Improvement Districts Rebecca Handley 2014 Merit

Maris Puks: Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Business Improvement Districts: Practice manual for BIDs developing, implementing and using meaningful KPIs Maris Puks 2014 Merit

Class of 2013
Julie Thorncroft: Investigation to find the key ingredients leading to a successful Town Centre cultural quarter? Julie Thorncroft 2013 Merit

Catherine Turness: How are Business Improvement Districts perceived by residents? Catherine Turness 2013 Merit

Frances Forrest: The Benefits of Joint Purchasing by a Business Improvement District Frances Forrest 2013 Merit

Hasanul Hoque: Analysis of the effects of a 5 year Business Improvement District period has on the strategy and projects it can use to improve an area Hasanul Hoque 2013 Merit




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