Liverpool could soon share good practices on urban sustainability, regeneration and retail with Bilbao (pictured) thanks to a new partnership.
Liverpool BID Company has joined forces with the Spanish city’s public-private Bilbao Dendak organisation in a move which will see it host and take part in forums, seminars and conferences over the next 12 months.
The agreement is expected to mutually benefit Liverpool’s 1,500 BID (Business Improvement District) levy payers and the 2,000 businesses that Bilbao Dendak represents, as it provides an international platform for them to have a voice on policy and regeneration issues.
Aitor Elizegi, chair of Bilbao Dendak, says: “Liverpool and Bilbao hold their maritime origins with pride and courage as they move forward into the 21st century. They have transformed their docks into future, their high street into opportunity, while maintaining a clear commitment to be smart and sustainable cities and preserving their industrial past.
“With this agreement, retail, leisure and place-making come together through the entrepreneurial character of two cities which proves that our future is based on the wisdom and experience from our historical backgrounds.”
Alongside the pairing with Bilbao Dendak, Liverpool BID Company is also one of 27 UK BIDs which has developed the recently launched BID Foundation.
The foundation is an alliance of BIDs and the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University which has been created to elevate standards, create a powerful voice for the industry and provide practical support to those working in the districts.
Bill Addy, chief executive of Liverpool BID Company, council member of the BID Foundation and co-chair of the Northern BID Group, says: “Liverpool BID Company is pleased to strengthen relationships with the BID Foundation and Bilbao Dendak.
“Both partnerships provide a national and international platform to give our BID levy payers a voice in policy, regeneration and create a platform to share good practices improving city centres.”