Call for Evidence

We have launched a Call for Evidence as part of The Future Business District, a unique study to inform our response to long term recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and offer policy directions on best practice for central business districts across the UK.

We launched our Call as Birmingham City Council revealed its consultation on ‘Our Future City Plan: Central Birmingham 2040, Shaping our City Together. ’We will feed the results of our Study into the local authority plan which is set to replace the Big City Plan, the current blueprint for Central Birmingham to 2031.

We want to hear from anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience, including business owners, leaders and managers of all sizes, professionals, investors, property developers, business support and economic development organisations, trade and professional bodies, policy analysts, academics, residents and civil society organisations.


The Call for Evidence sets five broad questions:

1. How have developments over the last twelve months (especially in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic) changed city centre business districts for the long term? How have businesses, professionals and other users responded in ways which will last beyond the restrictions of the pandemic?

2. What other developments will change city centre business districts and the way you, your organisation or sector accesses and utilises them over the next 5-10 years?

3. How do you expect things to change and why:

a) in the next 3 years?
b) in the next 5-10 years?

4. In what ways should city centre business districts be different in 2031 compared with 2021, and how  should they relate to and interact with the rest of the city centre?

5. How should those responsible for planning, investing in and developing, managing and using city centre business districts prepare for the future?

You can read the full Call for Evidence here. 

Feel free to answer some or all the questions with a focus on solutions or recommendations for the future. We would welcome copies of, or reference to, existing work where you think it is relevant to this study.

Respondents are asked to submit their evidence (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


Colmore BID is curating the study in partnership with Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Combined Authority, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and our neighbouring city centre BIDs – Westside, Retail, JQ and Southside. Support also comes from UK Research and Innovation, Centre for Cities and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.

The research team is currently reviewing existing data and literature. In addition to drawing upon responses to this Call, we will be running a series of interviews and workshops involving key stakeholders during the Spring. We expect to report in early Summer 2021.