Youth Steering Group – Centre Stage

In early 2022 The Northbank, Victoria, Victoria Westminster and Whitehall Business Improvement Districts jointly created a ‘Youth Steering Group’ to guide our work and support the development of young people across Westminster. It comprises 16-24 year olds from a variety of backgrounds who live or work in the borough and are seeking opportunities to learn, develop skills or start their careers. 

On 15th February we arranged for fifteen of the group to attend a ‘Centre Stage’ workshop run by BID-member The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG). This took place at the Fortune Theatre and covered: 

• Asserting influence and empowering others 

• Presence and being able to command a space 

• Increasing confidence and communicating effectively 

• Giving feedback 

• Understanding physical presence and body language 

• Improving the use of voice and breathing 

• Creative problem solving 

The workshop enabled the young people to bring West End theatre confidence tools and use them in corporate settings – whether an interview, meeting or networking event – helping to better showcase themselves.  

As one of ATG’s flagship venues, The Lyceum Theatre kindly treated the group afterwards to a showing of The Lion King with full VIP treatment at the Lyceum Lounge; their first-ever outing to a theatre production for many of them.

Sophie said, “The trip was brilliant, it really expanded the way I think and added so many words to my vocabulary.” 

Rahkim said, “Thank you so much for the call, I really appreciate it. I wanted to say that the event was extremely helpful and really impacted me. I felt more confident to the point where I just let go and faced my fears of doing any sort of speech in front of people and just did it. The event was also very fun and something which I’d definitely do again.” 

If you’re a local business and would like to find out how you can support our Youth Steering Group please contact our Social Responsibility Manager, Ebony

Five More Years Of Partnership For The Northbank

Multi-million pound investment plans secured with ballot result announced today

Local businesses in The Northbank have voted overwhelmingly in favour of renewing The Northbank Business Improvement District (BID) for a third consecutive term.

Of those businesses that voted, 95% voted ‘yes’ at the ballot (98% by rateable value), setting a strong mandate for the BID to continue to deliver its ambitious strategic and operational improvements of the area.

The ballot result endorses the key achievements of the BID over the past 10 years, after its establishment in 2013, and increases support for an aligned partnership approach across this key part of London.  

The BID team, led by specialist regeneration expert Ruth Duston, OBE, OC, will work with the local authority and other key stakeholders to deliver The Northbank 2023-2028 vision that was published in advance of the ballot being held.

The BID’s work will continue to enhance the area’s important position as a key destination in London; with vital transport links, a history of culture and a vibrant leisure offering. Approximately £10.1 million will be invested into the area over the BID’s third term, bringing the BID’s lifetime investment to over £35 million. Over the past ten years £25.8m in external investment has also been secured by the BID to deliver transformational schemes such as Strand Aldwych – a project that the BID championed, facilitated and part-funded since 2013. This was delivered in partnership with Westminster City Council and other local stakeholders, converting busy roadways into a welcoming public space measuring more than 7000m2 along the Strand, complemented by a vastly improved experience for pedestrians across Aldwych.

The Northbank has experienced 10 year growth of 42% to generate £4.5 billion in GVA and contributes £134 million in business rates to the Exchequer every year.

The Northbank BID will be investing in a range of strategic and operational projects and will focus on four aims:

  1. Create a more environmentally sustainable business district and tackle climate change in line with the City of Westminster’s ambition for a net zero borough by 2040.
  2. Drive the continued post-pandemic recovery by supporting the return of office occupiers to the workplace, reviving international tourism, addressing recruitment challenges in the hospitality sector and helping the local economy adapt to new consumer profiles and behaviour.
  3. Maintain our role as an important bridge between the private and public sector, enabling partnerships that drive positive change not only in the BID area but also the wider community.
  4. Use the collective strength of ‘London HQ’ – a collaboration with neighbouring south Westminster BIDs – to lobby for continued local and central government investment in The Northbank, keeping London at the forefront of our economy.

Ruth Duston OBE OC, Chief Executive of The Northbank BID said:

“We are incredibly grateful to all those who took part in the ballot process – from our initial consultation in summer 2022 right the way through to the vote itself – and we look forward to another five years of delivering services in support of our members. Our on-street and destination marketing teams will continue to create an exemplary experience for visitors and workers alike, and we’ve already begun to develop a programme of improvements to the Strand and Riverfront that will be implemented over the coming term. At the heart of achieving all this will be a commitment to building a responsible business district that supports the wider Westminster community and prioritises environmental sustainability.”


About The Northbank BID:

The Northbank is the geographical centre of London, connecting Parliament with the City, and is meeting point for many lines of transport. The Northbank is one of London’s most prestigious BIDs, having the largest proportion of listed buildings and of the capital’s architectural icons, aligned around the main processional route and interlinked through a web of courtyards and alleyways. The BID acts as a catalyst for the area it represents, providing strategic leadership within the London context and providing businesses with the tools and resources to champion the district.