Book News: November 7th, 2005

This is the first guide to Business Improvement Development (BID) schemes specifically aimed at local authorities. A BID is a flexible method of agreeing and setting a levy to help fund improvements to the environment and management of an area. The level of the additional charge paid is agreed through consultation with businesses in the BID area. Local councils play an important role in helping develop BIDs, often contributing to the development of the BID partnership, as well as providing rating information and running the BID ballot. The Guide outlines the steps the councils need to take in assisting businesses to develop a BID right from demonstrating the need through to holding the actual ballot.The Guide, which is published by the Association of London Government, is available at: