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COVID-19

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.

Initiatives include the set-up of a Security and Street Monitoring District Patrol service – operating 24 hours, Monday to Friday - providing real-time street related data reporting and alerting relevant services, including providers of care and assistance for rough sleepers.

The Midtown BID team remain committed to supporting the local business community and stakeholders and are reachable on their normal contact details. Our broader work continues as usual.

KEY CONTACTS
Alexander Jan, Chair
alex@bee-midtown.com
Debbie Akehurst, Interim Chief Executive Officer
debbie@bee-midtown.com
Jonathan Davis, Chief Creative Officer
jonathan@bee-midtown.com
Marcos Gold, BID Manager
marcos@bee-midtown.com
THANK YOU MIDTOWN #LONDONTOGETHER

The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unparalleled and challenging times, the bravery and sacrifices of NHS and other key front line workers during this time has been extraordinary, outstanding and an inspiration to the entire country.

Businesses and organisations have also responded by displaying a collectiveness and agility that in many cases has been truly remarkable.

MIDTOWN BID 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 Midtown BID 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.

News
THE DRUM ONLINE MEDIA AWARDS 2020

We are delighted to celebrate the ESI Media / Evening Standard, FUTURE LONDON campaign - in partnership with Midtown BID, Babylon, Edwardian Hotels, Google Digital Garage, Source London and Uber - being Highly Commended in the 'Best Commercial Innovation Category'.

Midtown BID joined the campaign to make sure our city remains the best place in the world, and one that chooses sustainable sources over plastic. Future London is a two-year campaign launched in 2018, that focusses on tackling five issues.

21 May 2020
HERE TO HELP LONDON

Midtown BID are proud to support our Board Member, Tony Matharu, on his initiative 'Here to Help London: the charitable response of independent businesses to the COVID-19 crisis'.

Established solely to assist key workers and the wider community during the pandemic, Here to Help London is a collaborative partnership service.

Co-sponsored by Handsfree Group, Blue Orchid Hotels, Integrity International Group and Global Hospitality Services.

15 April 2020
MESSAGE FROM ALEXANDAR JAN, CHAIR, MIDTOWN BID

I am writing to update you of some changes at Midtown BID and to offer our continued support – however modest in scale – to so many of our members caught up in the current crisis.

30 March 2020
GLOBAL GOALS FOR MIDTOWN: JOIN US TO MAKE MIDTOWN A LEADER OF SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

Midtown BID 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.

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The destination of choice for business in london.

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.

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Where competitive advantage comes with the postcode.

Collective thinking makes incredible things happen. We bring together businesses in Midtown to share resources, services and expertise. It’s a powerful catalyst for cost-savings, environmental benefits and real social change.

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The place where the future is even more exciting than the past.

Faster trains, bigger stations, less crime, cleaner air, more space. Following in the world-famous footsteps of pioneering architects and innovators from years gone by, we’re catapulting Midtown into the destination of the future.

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A community of villages creating a legacy of social good.

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.

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Campaigns

COVID-19: HELPING OUR HOMELESS

In light of the current climate, the homeless on our streets are more at risk of harm than ever before.

As a consequence, Midtown BID’s COVID-19 initiated Security Patrol includes a remit to report and seek urgent care and assistance for anyone found to be sleeping rough within our district.

Our BEE THE CHANGE homeless campaign has been re-purposed as a dedicated portal for on-street reporting and links to WC1 and EC1 support services.

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Future london.

Together with the Evening Standard, Midtown BID 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.

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Holborn Underground station upgrade

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.

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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.

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A NEW LANDMARK FOR MIDTOWN

In March 2019, Midtown BID 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.

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Midtown Big Ideas Exchange

Think differently, challenge tradition.

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.

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Guided Walks

Free guided walks.

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.

VIEW OUR LATEST WALKS PROGRAMME

Bespoke walks for businesses.

If you are a local business, how about arranging a special walk for your staff? Choose from our existing programme or let us organise one on a theme of your choice. A walk makes a perfect part of a special event, staff day out, office party or leaving do.

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