Liverpool BID Company has announced two exciting new partnerships that will provide a national and international platform to its BID levy payers to have a voice on policy and regeneration issues, and a forum to share best practice.
Liverpool BID Company has entered into a partnership with Bilbao Dendak, a public-private partnership representing 2,000 businesses in the Spanish city of Bilbao, which is set to mutually benefit their members and the 1,500 BID levy payers in Liverpool.
The primary aim of the partnership is to form a strong working relationship between Liverpool and Bilbao, which in time, can generate a common space of collaboration to share good practices in terms of urban sustainability, regeneration, retail, tourism and town centre management.
Liverpool BID Company has previously welcomed delegates from Bilbao to the city and with the Bilbao Dendak agreement now in place, Liverpool BID Company will host and take part in a number of forums, conferences and seminars over the next 12 months to help the growth of both city centres.
As well as internationally, at a national level, Liverpool BID Company has been part of a leading group of 27 BIDs across the UK that developed the recently launched, BID Foundation. The BID Foundation is an alliance of BIDs and the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University which has been created to elevate standards, create a powerful voice for the industry and provide practical support to those that work in Business Improvement Districts.
Aitor Elizegi, chair of Bilbao Dendak, said:
“Liverpool and Bilbao hold their maritime origins with pride and courage as they move forward into the 21st century. They have transformed their docks into future, their high street into opportunity, while maintaining a clear commitment to be smart and sustainable cities and preserving their industrial past.
“The port infrastructure is still the spearhead of two cities that breathe football, culture, and above all, host loyal and proud citizens.
“With this agreement, retail, leisure and place-making come together through the entrepreneurial character of two cities which proves that our future is based on the wisdom and experience from our historical backgrounds.”
Professor Cathy Parker, chair of the Institute of Place Management, said:
“We know how important BIDs are and we were really pleased that there is such enthusiasm in the sector to improve and do more for local communities and the businesses that are central to them.
“The BID Foundation offers a way to increase both the local impact of each BID involved and further develop the model as a trusted form of urban management.”
Welcoming the new partnerships, Bill Addy, chief executive of Liverpool BID Company, council member of The BID Foundation and co-chair of the Northern BID Group, said:
“Liverpool BID Company is pleased to strengthen our relationships with The BID Foundation and Bilbao Dendak. Both partnerships provide a national and international platform to give our BID levy payers a voice in policy, regeneration and create a platform to share good practices improving city centres.
“These partnerships are confirmation of the fantastic work that Liverpool BID Company has done in the city and how much we can improve it by sharing experiences with other forward-thinking organisations.”