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SE5 Forum By SE5 Forum

SE5 Forum for Camberwell believe a Business Improvement District (BID) could help promote Camberwell as a destination. With Camberwell arts groups we will run pilot activities to showcase Camberwell.

Camberwell Idea stage

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SE5 Forum’s overall vision for Camberwell is a vibrant, creative and economically sustainable centre for Camberwell. The SE5 Forum sees a BID as a potential catalyst to achieve this.

It is our belief that in order to see the potential for closer cooperation and the potential of a BID, local businesses will need to see tangible benefits of the feasibility project and closer cooperation with each other and the wider community. Therefore integral to our proposal is funding for a number of events and activities that will deliver additional footfall and sales for local businesses. SE5 Forum understands both the need for businesses to feed into this process but also to propose a range of activities to inspire businesses.

We have already raised fund to run a feasibility study and engage with local business. We are seeking further funding to run a range of pilot projects to showcase what a BID could deliver and build on successful existing local events and projects.

What we'll deliver:

  • Camberwell Arts Festival Event - promoting Camberwell as distinct creative commercial centre
  • Camberwell Free Film Festival - supporting local business to screen films in premises and attract footfall to Camberwell
  • Winter Open Studios - promoting local creative business
  • Pairing artists with street facing businesses - improve street signage and develop innovative marketing

Why it's a great idea:

A BID could be established out of the feasibility study through a series of steps agreed by the steering group, including demonstration projects, a wider consultation to draft a BID Proposal, campaign and ballot. A BID would provide sustainable funding for an agreed period of time, allowing the private sector to work with partners to deliver a variety of projects aimed at improving the business and wider environment. It would do this by:
• Attracting additional public and private sector funding.
• Allowing self-management and self-funding
• Developing partnership between the private public and third sector agencies including community groups.
• Harnessing private sector management drive and skills
• Being clear and transparent and accountable
• Give business a strong, coherent local voice

Steps to get it done:

  • A co-ordinated events programme will draw people in to Camberwell enabling local businesses to access new customers
  • Engage local busines in the development and promotion of events in an innovative area promotion campaign
  • Funding will enable local businesses to try out new marketing approaches in a safe environment
  • Run a structured series of events that encourage more people to visit Camberwell

Project Plan:
1. BID Scoping Exercise – gathering together the data required to inform decisions on the options in respect of the geographical and operational extent.
2. BID feasibility Exercise – Detailed Business Survey of >100 businesses around the centre of Camberwell, analysis of the data and its representation in power-point form. Identifying the top issues for trading in the centre.
3. Pilots – we proposing a series of pilot events in partnership with Camberwell Arts and Camberwell Free Film Festival
4. Visioning Symposium Event a public, collective critique of the findings from the scoping and feasibility phase. An opportunity to build consensus around program. Output: An event with a recording of the proceedings.


Location Camberwell

About the space

Camberwell high streets, shopping centres and public spaces


Southwark Council

How will the money be spent?Total £29,140

BID feasibility study and networking events (funded) - £12,500 (43%)
BID symposium Event - £2,500 (9%)
Events & workshops (around arts festival) - £2,500 (9%)
Street installations (x3 @ £500)) - £2,500 (9%)
Camberwell film festival events - £2,000 (7%)
Project management and administration (12 days x £160) - £2,000 (7%)
Winter Open Studio events - £1,500 (5%)
Banners & street signage - £1,000 (3%)
Camberwell Arts Fest. (Pairing artists with businesses) - £1,000 (3%)
Other - £1,640 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

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BID feasibility study and networking events (funded)
BID symposium Event
Events & workshops (around arts festival)
Street installations (x3 @ £500))
Camberwell film festival events
Project management and administration (12 days x £160)
Winter Open Studio events
Banners & street signage
Camberwell Arts Fest. (Pairing artists with businesses)
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  • Transaction Fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT

Total £29,140

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