The Future Business District

The Future Business District

01 Feb 2021

Colmore BID is leading a study on The Future Business District to inform its response to long-term recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and to offer policy directions on best practice for other central business districts in the UK. City-REDI at the University of Birmingham and the Office of Data Analytics at the West Midlands Combined Authority are undertaking the research underpinning this Study.

The research is seeking to answer two key questions:

• What is the likely long-term impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on city centre business districts?

• How can we ensure they remain successful as places to attract businesses and people and contribute to vibrant city centres?

Working from home, social distancing, lockdown and enforced closure of businesses, perceptions of risk, changes to international markets, the increase in online retailing, video communications and reduced footfall in city centres have all impacted on businesses in professional and business services, finance, hospitality, retailing and other sectors that have traditionally contributed to vibrant central business districts. Some were already experiencing change in their business environments due to other societal trends as well as the consequences of policy decisions.

Further information and a copy of the Call for Evidence is available here

Evidence should be submitted (as a Word or PDF document) to: by Monday 1st March 2021.

If you would like to know more about the Study or contribute in other ways, please contact the Project Director, Kevin Johnson, via