Networking Masterclass – How to work a Room

South Bank BID and Better Bankside are proud to invite you to an exclusive networking masterclass developed in partnership with Smarter Networking.

Grow your business and personal profile by learning ‘How To Work A Room’. The workshop will help break down the barriers individuals face when in a room full of strangers, from conversation icebreakers to selling your key strengths to attract the right business. We aim to equip you with a variety of tips and tools to confidently attend events and get the results you need whilst building your network of contacts.

The workshop begins with an overview of networking at events, followed by an interactive and entertaining question and answer session built around Smarter’s Seven Steps to Successful Events. Whilst participants’ questions will largely shape the content, we aim to cover:

  • Preparation for events
  • When you arrive – getting comfortable
  • Techniques for getting the most out of the event
  • Networking on your own terms and working to your strengths
  • Soft skills such as breaking in and out of groups, body language etc.
  • Business card etiquette
  • Influencing the conversation
  • Moving the relationship forward

This workshop is a must attend if you are new to networking or if you are not getting the results you need from the events you are attending.

Due to the popularity of these events, we will email you to confirm your attendance ahead of the 14 November. We will also only be able to welcome two people per company.

RSVP here using the password ‘southbank’

We look forward to seeing you there.


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can email us on or call 0207 202 6913.

South Bank BID launches 2019-2024 Business Plan and Renewal Campaign at Sea Containers London

On Wednesday 22 May, in the spectacular 12th Knot Rooftop Bar at Sea Containers London, South Bank Business Improvement District (BID) welcomed around 120 representatives from the South Bank business community to officially launch South Bank BID’s 2019-2024 Business Plan and renewal campaign.

Guest speakers included our host, Sergio Leandro, General Manager of Sea Containers London, who highlighted the unique “diversity, creativity, energy” of South Bank, Mathieu Proust, UK and Ireland General Manager of WeWork, who outlined how grateful they were to be part of the business community as they prepared to welcome 6,000 members to their new South Bank building and Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London, who in a passionate speech noted: “it’s a no brainer for a levy payer to vote for the BID – what South Bank BID has achieved is incredible, you are collectively a power for good. The BID is good for wider society and it’s something South Bank cannot afford to lose”. Mayor of Lambeth and levy payer Cllr Ibrahim Dogus also shared his support via Twitter, praising “the positive impact the BID has had on South Bank, helping to build a safer, more inclusive and dynamic area, where local businesses can thrive”.

BID Renewal Launch Event
Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London

Since it was created in 2014, South Bank BID has made a significant difference to South Bank, providing security (South Bank Patrol and dedicated Metropolitan Police officers), public realm enhancement (refuse collection, graffiti removal, jet washing), destination marketing ( marketing channels and major events like Lumiere London) and business support services (STAR Card discounts, free training programmes, lobbying to deliver hardship funds to mitigate rising business rates).

If the ballot is successful, the new Business Plan commits to continuing all of this work, but to also deliver bolder, more ambitious programmes in the context of an exciting period of growth and change. This includes:

  • a recruitment and skills proposition in partnership with businesses, education partners and the community to align local talent and skills
  • investing in electric vehicles and freight consolidation programmes to improve air quality and reduce congestion
  • increasing security by bringing a dedicated British Transport Police officer into Waterloo Station alongside the retained current security investment and creating a new Construction Coordinator role to ensure major developments are effectively managed to minimise impact for our levy payers.

All of the BID’s work is built around our vision of “a world-class South Bank for everyone”; a more prosperous and successful place for our businesses, employees, clients, visitors and residents.

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Mayor of Lambeth Cllr Ibrahim Dogus with Mathieu Proust, UK and Ireland General Manager of WeWork.

Download the Business Plan here

On 28 May 2019, South Bank BID ‘s first renewal ballot is launched, with all eligible South Bank businesses receiving ballot papers to vote whether to continue the services of the BID. If the vote is successful, South Bank BID will run for a further five years, providing essential support services for South Bank’s business community, from 1 Oct 2019 to 30 September 2024.

For more detail on the ballot process click here

We are seeking to secure your vote to enable us to deliver a truly world-class South Bank that everyone can prosper and thrive in. We are seeing unprecedented growth and success in our area, and the BID is uniquely positioned to lead South Bank’s businesses through this transformation.

South Bank BID’s delivery team would like to meet each levy payer and discuss the re-ballot on an individual basis, so please get in touch here if we haven’t spoken yet: – we’d love to hear from you.

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BID Members’ Event at Mondrian London

The South Bank BID is holding its first members’ free event of 2016 and we’d love you to come along to welcome the New Year with other local businesses, and members of the Board and the BID team.

The event will be held at the Mondrian on Tuesday 2nd February. It will be a good opportunity for members to meet one another and to share a drink with the BID board and team.

To register your interest follow this link.

Note that reservations are for BID members only and members are permitted to bring one colleague along as a guest.