City Conversations

The BID continues to coordinate and host annual conferences for local businesses covering a range of topics from “Putting Norwich on the Map” to “Future Norwich; Future Cities”, with the goal of listening to the evolving needs of businesses in the city and determining solutions to meet challenges. 

City Conversations bring the city together and discuss the topics of the time. 


Previous Conferences:


 Future Cities, Future Norwich - 22nd September: Carrow Road

Our first in person conference in two years felt like a welcome step back-to-normal. Free to attend, our City Conversation brought our local businesses together to hear from keynote speakers Bill Grimsey and Ojay McDonald, put questions to a panel of Norwich decision-makers—including representatives from City and County Council—and network in person. 

Read more about it, or watch the full conference here

Place Management - Future Proofing Norwich - 15th October 2019 9am-2pm: OPEN Norwich

At this conference we heard about what is happening nationally and discussing the steps we are taking in Norwich to assist businesses to make the most of the opportunities coming our way.  We heard from guest speakers from Norwich City Football Club, the Institute of Place Management and the Association of Town & City Management.

Technology - 20th June 2019 9am-2pm: Norwich University of the Arts.

Working in partnership with Norwich University of the Arts, Hethel Innovation and EIRA, Norwich BID hosted a conference dedicated to: 'VR - How to transform your business' 
The event featured keynote addresses from Greg Williams (Editor of WIRED), and Sarah Steed (Director of Innovation and Engagement, NUA) exploring how VR is lending itself to a variety of platforms and courses at the NUA.

View the conference highlights here, or watch the full conference here.


Tourism and Culture - 2nd April 2019: Assembly House.

At the BID's inaugural tourism and culture conference key issues that were addressed included: travel, tourism and how we're 'putting Norwich on the map'.

Presentation - Vicky Parr, VisitEngland
Presentation - Caroline Mayers, Norwich BID
Presentation - Chris Gribble, National Centre for Writing
Presentation - Stephen Crocker, Norwich Theatre Royal
Presentation - Twins that Travel

View the conference highlights here, or watch the full conference here.


Norwich Sharing City, the UK's First Sharing City - 28th February 2019: Blackfriars Hall.

Norwich BID in conjunction with Norwich City Council invited Norwich businesses, communities and citizens to celebrate Norwich becoming the UK's first sharing city. 

 View the conference highlights here, or watch the full conference here.


Retail - October 2nd 2018: Norwich City Football Club.

Key issues that were addressed included: how to improve trading in Norwich, city accessibility, and customer engagement.

Speaker Biographies
Presentation - Chris Fowler, Local Data Company
Presentation - Jonathan Burnett, Springboard
Presentation - Tom McCabe, Norfolk County Council
Presentation - Neil Garner, Thyngs


Commercial - June 19th 2018: Norwich University of the Arts, Duke Street Lecture Theatre.

Key issues that were addressed at the conference included: Brexit, promoting Norwich as a commercial centre and how businesses can support education providers.

Speaker Biographies
Presentation - Naomi Clayton, Centre for Cities
Presentation - Prof. Fiona Lettice, University of East Anglia
Presentation - Sarah Steed, Norwich University of the Arts


Leisure - Feburary 6th 2018: Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry.

Key issue that were addressed at the conference included: shortage of skilled labour, static wages, brexit, and more. 

Speaker Biographies
Business Case - The Last Wine Bar
Business Case - Maids Head Hotel
Presentation - Jonny Birkett, Nightworks


To find out more or to register your interest for future conferences and events please contact Colette Davies, Events Manager, Colette.davies@norwichbid.co.uk 01603 559570