In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the BEE Midtown corporate office will be closed temporarily, with staff working remotely. Our public events will be postponed until further notice. During these unprecedented times the BEE Midtown team remain committed to supporting the local business community and stakeholders, and are reachable on their normal contact details. Our broader work will continue as usual.
The Board and Executive Management are refocusing priorities and objectives in order to do everything possible to assist and advise our members in these challenging times. More details will follow on our website and social channels.
BEE MIDTOWN LEADS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PROFILE BUILDING IN MIDTOWN FOR BUSINESSES, BY BEING THEIR COLLECTIVE VOICE AND OFFERING A RANGE OF SERVICES AND SOLUTIONS FOR HYPER-LOCAL INNER-CITY ISSUES, BECAUSE LONG TERM SUSTAINABLE, COMMERCIAL AND SOCIAL GROWTH CREATE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE FOR ALL.
We are evolving from a service organisation to a leadership body that will drive real and positive change in WC1 and EC1, London’s best-connected postcodes.
Midtown is London’s destination of choice for business, and our vision is for BEE Midtown to be recognised as the leading proponent of sustainable business here.
Midtown’s 14,000 businesses, 175,000 employees and millions of visitors play a key role in the London economy, generating a GVA output over £18 billion, and an economic impact greater than that of the West End. In the capital, only the City of London has more workers and Midtown supports more jobs than Victoria, London Bridge and the South Bank combined.
While the West End’s economy is predominantly based on retail and the City’s on finance, Midtown’s highly diversified economic base hosts creative, professional and technical sector specialisms of global significance. In the last five years, Midtown has generated more new jobs than either the City of London or the West End and more businesses have moved or started up here than in Victoria, Paddington and the West End.
We undertook a consultation exercise in 2019, ahead of our 2020 re-election, ensuring alignment with our members’ needs. The results of this consultation fed into the 2020 – 2025 Manifesto, which sets out our pledges for out next five year term, commencing 1 April 2020. You can download a copy of the Manifesto here.
I am writing to update you of some changes at BEE Midtown and to offer our continued support – however modest in scale – to so many of our members caught up in the current crisis.
Firstly some changes to our team. After more than 13 years as Chief Executive, Tass Mavrogordato has decided to move on from BEE Midtown to pursue new challenges and opportunities.
Further to our Re-Election consultation, and subsequent Ballot which concluded at 5pm on 27 February, BEE Midtown is delighted to have received a strong ‘YES’ from its district businesses to continue to a fourth term for Holborn, Bloomsbury and St Giles; and a second term for Farringdon and Clerkenwell.
BEE Midtown is the first organisation of its kind in the UK to create a partnership with the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), a network of more than 100 organisations across the UK who are working together to accelerate progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This offer gives Midtown businesses the opportunity of being pioneers and first-movers.
It is designed to enable hyper-local action on global issues, support responsible and sustainable business practices, and create a point of collective representation in the capital.More
Midtown is the place to be for businesses. From heritage to housing, law to lifestyle, food and drink to future technology – we are diverse, innovative and we lead the way. Together we think big, do things differently and raise our profile to attract success.
Imagine growing seasonal produce on the roof in your lunch hour. Harvesting homemade honey from urban hives. Helping young people learn and earn – while gaining even more in return. A place where being green, clean and socially responsible is second nature. Where we volunteer, collaborate and innovate for the greater good. Where living ethically makes you feel alive. Welcome to Midtown.
BEE Midtown has created an innovative inner-city pilot: BEE The Change. It works through collective action and the results are measurable. The campaign urges you and your colleagues to stop giving on the street; to consider the negative impact it can have on Midtown and those in real need and provides a sustainable path to donating.
Together with the Evening Standard, Bee Midtown is creating a pilot project on sustainability and specifically the reduction in the use of plastic within our district. We will encourage good practices in the area’s offices, cafés, restaurants, bars and shops to show what is possible in the everyday busy working environment and during the commuter rush. The methods will be simple, the results should be inspiring.
A new-look for Holborn station to transform your commute. Making that breakfast meeting first thing. Catching your connecting train, the gym class you’ve only made once – but still pay for. Or making it home in time to read that bedtime story. We’re paving the way to give you the time that matters most in your day – making the changes needed to transform your commute at Holborn.
There’s always a buzz about Midtown. Our district is a hive of eclectic activity where work and play go hand in hand. A place that welcomes the wild. Where green is a lifestyle choice and social responsibility is a daily objective. We’re proud of our urban environment, our heritage and the legacy we’ve been left to protect. That’s why we’re committed to preserving our home for future generations.
In March 2019, BEE Midtown called for submissions for the design of a new ‘focal and inventive’ information kiosk to replace the existing fixed structure outside Holborn underground station.
The existing, manned kiosk, located on Kingsway, oversees a bustling location between the City and the West End: a meeting point of history, culture, commerce, education and creativity. The structure aims to welcome, direct and interact with as many visitors as possible. However, the way people communicate, source information and traverse through cities is changing rapidly, and our interactions should change to keep pace.
The Midtown Big Ideas Exchange is London’s most dynamic series of debates, celebrating the eclectic innovation of Midtown and its people. Bringing together the brightest minds of the moment, this is our space to rebelliously rethink London’s business, economic, environmental and sustainable future.
Our free seasonal guided walks encourage exploration of our dynamic district. We tell the powerful stories of the people, the buildings and the brands that make Midtown so successful. Retrace the steps of the Beatles in Bloomsbury, find the site of Sweeney Todd’s barbershop or uncover Midtown’s historic Little Italy.