“2016 is an important year for the Nottingham BID as it marks the start of our second term which sees us building on all the great work that we have been doing in the city over the last five years.
We welcome businesses and organisations in the office and education sectors as BID members for the first time who join our existing members in the retail and leisure sectors, taking our total membership to over 850. We have also expanded the area that we cover to include even more of the city centre.
The levy paid by members will generate £5m that we will invest in the city over the next five years for the benefit of businesses in Nottingham as well as for people who live, study and work here.
As outlined in our Business Plan, our aim is to put Nottingham firmly on the map as a regional and national city of choice for shopping, leisure, work and study.
This vision will be achieved by focusing on a four pronged strategy: Promoted City, Independent City, Working City and Managed City. We are also ring-fencing £100,000 per annum for the independent sector as it is these businesses that really help to differentiate Nottingham from other places.
In addition we will continue to be a strong and influential voice for businesses in the city centre to affect change.
The BID’s board has changed for the second term. I am continuing in my role as director and chairman and Tom Waldron Lynch, general manager of the Park Plaza Hotel is staying as director and vice chairman. Nicola Tidy, marketing and communications director at Nottingham City Transport, Neil Fincham, centre manager at The Exchange and Geoff Williams, director of The Tokenhouse are also remaining as directors.
David Lucas, Steve Pashley and Dan Booker have stepped down and I would like to take the opportunity to thank them for all that they have done for the BID in its first term.
Seven new directors have joined the board. The new directors are Jess Barnett, co-owner of the Treat Kitchen; Andy Crawford, operations director of The Pub People Company whose pubs include Bunkers Hill in the city centre; Stephen Jackson, chief financial and operations officer of Nottingham Trent University; Kathryn Neilson-Davis, store manager of Nottingham House of Fraser; David Simms, regional publisher and managing director of the Nottingham Post Media Group; Naomi Hartley, store manager of Marks and Spencer Nottingham and Nigel Wheatley, general manager of intu Victoria Centre to reflect the changed composition of the BID membership.
We look forward to delivering the services and initiatives set out in the BID Business Plan.
Some of the highlights include working with businesses to establish a strong and viable late night trading economy; developing the 48 Hours brand into a calendar of signature events for which Nottingham will become known nationally and engaging with the student population and those who work in the city centre to encourage them to take advantage of all that the city has to offer.”
Jeff Allen, chairman of the Nottingham BID