Author: Ellena Schuster-Farrell

Plans to transform Parliament Square

In the same week as the transformation of Strand Aldwych was recognised by the Mayor of London as an award-winning development, another of our exciting public realm initiatives has also hit the headlines. The Evening Standard reported that Parliament Square could be transformed into a “people-friendly” space under plans to remove traffic from parts of this historic… Read more »

A new BID for the Culture Mile in the City of London

Local businesses have voted overwhelmingly in favour of creating a new Business Improvement District (BID) in the Culture Mile area of the City of London securing investment plans totalling more than £9m over the next five years. Driven by the private sector, the Culture Mile BID will go live in April for a first five-year… Read more »

A Welcome to 2023 from Ruth Duston OBE, OC

When we welcomed in 2022, I don’t think many of us would have foreseen that this year the nation would experience quite so much turmoil, especially on the back of a torrid couple of years with the fallout from Brexit and the COVID pandemic. Alongside the great high of the Platinum Jubilee in the summer… Read more »

A New Year Message from Ruth Duston OBE, OC

As another year draws to a close, I am reminded of the amazing work going on across London, through BIDs. Collective will is continuing to transform communities, set the agenda and drive the capital’s renaissance. Across our portfolio there have been many highlights, but I wanted to shine a light on just a few, and… Read more »

A New Year Message from Ruth Duston OBE, OC

New Year is often a time for reflecting on the year gone by and looking forward to the year ahead. While many of us I’m sure are glad to be putting 2021 behind us, across business sectors I imagine 2022 is also being viewed with some trepidation. Unfortunately, we are facing another new year with… Read more »

We must focus on what unites us to safeguard our cities – Ruth Duston OBE, OC

Today the focus of COP26 shifts to the built environment, regions and cities. It’s the first time these issues have been discussed since COP 21 and delegates will reflect on the central role that our built environment, regeneration and cities play in the climate crisis. COP has heard that cities and the built environment are a big… Read more »

Central District Alliance

The Central District Alliance (CDA) Business Improvement District (BID) is the collective voice of over 400 enterprises in Camden’s Holborn, Bloomsbury and St Giles and Islington’s Farringdon and Clerkenwell neighbourhoods. We represent a highly diversified commercial and cultural base of creative, educational, legal, medical, professional, scientific, and technological brands of global significance – generating a… Read more »

Fleet Street Quarter

The Fleet Street Quarter has been established to take a leading role in accelerating a vision that will shape this historic location into a thriving quarter. An ambitious development pipeline offers the Partnership an opportunity to harness this growth, creating a new narrative for this iconic location – an area that will foster innovation, champion… Read more »

Eastern City Partnership

The Eastern City area is a globally recognised economic district complemented by a rich historic and cultural heritage – it’s a place 2000 years in the making, where London originated and over the years has continually evolved to become a prestigious commercial location. As the Eastern City Cluster continues to evolve, there is an increased… Read more »

Whitehall BID

The Whitehall BID is a Business Improvement District (BID) covering one of the most globally significant political locations. Flanked by the Palace of Westminster and Trafalgar Square, this special part of London has been home to our most powerful institutions since the 11th Century. From the Cenotaph to Horse Guards Parade, from the Cabinet Office… Read more »