Sir Gary Verity will speak at the final public opportunity for businesses in North Yorkshire’s county town to find out more about a proposed Business Improvement District (BID).
Sir Gary said: “Business improvement districts can bring countless benefits to a town. It is not just about creating a place where people want to come and shop, it is about being experimental and improving the town for the benefit of both visitors and residents.”
Held on Wednesday 21 September (5.30pm) at Barkers store, the meeting will also welcome Johnny Hayes MBE, chairman of York’s Bishopthorpe Road Traders Association. The meeting will be the last before the BID proposal is put to a postal ballot in mid-November.
Northallerton BID steering group chairman and Bettys manager Lindsay Judd added: “This will be the last in a series of successful public meetings to set out what a BID would mean for Northallerton and offer a chance to ask questions.
“It will also be a great opportunity to hear these inspiring speakers. Of course, we still welcome questions and comments about the proposal at any time, not just at our public meetings.”
For months, local business leaders making up the BID steering group have led an intensive programme of consultation with owners and managers of firms within the proposed BID area – as well as visitors to the town – allowing all interested parties to help shape the BID proposal.
Every business within the BID area has had letters or visits in person from a member of the committee, encouraging people to come forward with ideas, questions and feedback.
Richmond MP Rishi Sunak has given his support to the project. He said: “I fully support efforts to establish a business improvement district in Northallerton.
“The town has a fantastic high street offering a very attractive range of shops and businesses, but those businesses cannot afford to be complacent in the face of fierce competition for shoppers from other town and cities and, of course, online retailing.
“The BID proposal offers a great opportunity to make Northallerton an even more popular shopping and leisure destination for local residents and visitors to the county.”