Danish on the Menu in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury BID board members and team welcomed a delegation of Danish professionals to the town yesterday as they embarked on a three day study tour of the UK to witness the impact of BIDs and how they support the development of cities, business areas and tourist districts.

The group consisted of city planners from eight different Danish cities, business people from five private companies, members of Realdania By & Byg, a member based philanthropic organisation, together with representatives from Local Government Denmark and the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth.  This group are working together to promote the BID concept with a view to encouraging the introduction of legislation to facilitate the establishment of BIDs in Denmark.

Shrewsbury BID was selected as a successful case study for BIDs in town centres and Kirsten Henly, Shrewsbury BID’s Executive Director, provided an insight into the BID’s mandate for the town, progress achieved to date against the priorities set out by the businesses and some of the challenges and exciting initiatives in the pipeline.

Danish delegate Kvaesthusselskabet Realdania commented: “This is the first of six BIDs that we will be seeing over the next three days and we think this is a great starting point for us to learn about the real potential of BIDs in a town centre environment. It has been fascinating to hear what Shrewsbury BID has brought to the local trading environment and how it has developed partnerships across the board, working together to great effect.”

Kirsten Henly commented: “We were delighted to welcome our Danish contingent to Shrewsbury and to hear their enthusiasm and commitment for the BID model for their own country. Visiting BIDs like ours will hopefully provide the operational insights to enable them to evidence the value of organisations like ours to help improve, support and underpin successful business communities.”

The tour will see the Danish group visit a range of BIDs: Colmore Business District and Westside BIDs in Birmingham; Stratford BID BID; Brackmills Industrial Estate BID and Camden BID in London. 


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