We will publish two main reports on Wednesday 13th October – a research report from City-REDI and a Response from Colmore BID. These will be available on this page.  Below you can find details of the Call for Evidence which was rolled out in the first phase of the Study.


The Space Between – Colmore BID’s response

Future Business District research report​

(City-REDI | WMREDI | WMCA Office of Data Analytics)

Future Business District research summary report​

(City-REDI | WMREDI | WMCA Office of Data Analytics)

Call for Evidence

We requested input 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, civil society organisations and others to provide information and analysis.

What were we asking for?
We sought evidence, information, analysis and fact-based judgements. We asked respondents to base their answers on the questions below (but also to feel free to provide supporting evidence on related topics). Organisations were free to answer some or all of the questions.


How have developments over the last 12 months (especially in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic) changed city centre business districts? How have businesses, professionals and other users of city centre business districts responded?

What developments (including the Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit, others) will change city centre business districts and the way organisation or sector accesses and utilises them over the next 10 years?

How do you expect things to change and why:
a) in the next 12 months?
b) in the next 5-10 years?

In what ways should city centre business districts be different in 2031 compared with 2021?

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

We conducted 21 one-to-one interviews with a range a stakeholders.

Hybrid Working

Space Requirements

Doing Business



Social, Economic & Environmental

A set of three workshops followed where stakeholders discussed three overarching themes:

Future Urban Experience

Future Infrastructure

Future Place