Chairman's Blog

The High Street Reinvented

February 2018

The empty tills this January say it all. After struggling economically for a decade, seemingly due first to out-of-town centres and now to the dramatic increase of online retail, the...

The Drivers of Change in the High Street

February 2018

A recent report by the Future Studies Innovation Centre at Kent University contends that a combination of drivers of change will produce a period of profound transition in UK town centres...

Breaking the log-jam

February 2018

There is a climate of opinion in every business improvement district, and ours is a prime example, where businesses do not feel represented. To break this log-jam, my role as...

All stick and no carrot

January 2018

You won't know but it is reported that 71% of all complaints to "The Council" from UK city centre businesses are about parking. Clearly there exists an almost permanent disconnect...

Placemaking

December 2017

It’s by no accident that our local authorities held at least five public consultations this summer. There’s a lot of upheaval on the way and it’s time to make changes...

The Online Shopper

July 2017

It’s common knowledge that many towns and cities are losing trade to the Internet, some by as much as up to 20%. But, with Chichester Independents Month well underway, Colin...

Chichester, a truly independent City

June 2017

As Chichester Independents Month kicks off this week, we spoke to Colin Hicks, Chairman of Chichester BID, to get his thoughts on the independently run businesses in the city. Colin...

In My View Column – Colin Hicks

May 2017

Each month, Chichester BID has the opportunity to showcase initiatives, opinions and events through a column in the Chichester Observer. This column is called 'In My View' and quite literally...

Portrait of the Chichester Consumer in 2016

December 2016

BID2 sees an opportunity to better understand our consumer segmentation and generate increased appeal for spend based on consumer preferences (fashion, food, entertainment, or services). From the 2011 census, we...

Portrait of the Business District in 2016

December 2016

Retail 57% of businesses in the City Centre are retail and multiples now count for just over half of this sector. The City Centre contains 71 clothing stores, 54 health...