Leading Place Management Organisations Come Together

16 May 2018

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The Institute of Place Management, The BID Foundation and the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) are delighted to announce a programme of collaboration leading towards a joint membership offer in 2019.

ATCM was one of the founding partners of the Institute of Place Management in 2006. The BID Foundation was established earlier this year by the Institute and a group of leading BIDs. As the three leading not for profit membership bodies dedicated to supporting the effective management of town and city centres, we are today announcing a new collaborative approach that will benefit our members as they seek to tackle the issues of commercial areas, in particular the rapidly changing high street.

We will be holding our first event on Tuesday 12th June 2018 to develop a joint response to the just announced Parliamentary Inquiry into the High Street in 2030. This three-hour session will be in London and free to all members of ATCM, The BID Foundation and IPM. Full details will be announced shortly.

In addition, this year's ATCM Summer School on 27th and 28th June in Hull will be accredited for CPD by the Institute of Place Management and the member rate discount will apply to members of all three organisations. This will also be the case with The BID Foundation’s Town BID events in July and September.

Commenting on the new collaboration, Leigh Brown, Chair of ATCM said "We welcome the opportunity this new collaboration will offer our members. Some things will happen from today, but over the next few months we will be working to take our partnership further and offer the best to members of all three organisations”

"We have taken this step as we believe it is in the interests of the places in which our members work." said Cathy Parker, Chair of the Institute of Place Management. "The challenge for many of them is getting tougher and ensuring they have the best support to take the right action is crucial. We see real opportunities in working together to offer this."

Welcoming the new approach, Andrew Cooper, Chair of The BID Foundation, explained that “Business Improvement Districts are a recognised model of delivering place management and as The BID Foundation we have already discovered the benefits of working with the Institute of Place Management. Many of our members work in town and city centres and this new collaboration, bringing together the three leading not for profit membership bodies, will assist in providing a single voice and raising professional standards within the industry which in turn will be well received by BIDs.”