Wakefield BID Steering Group
A number of local business leaders have been appointed to the board of the newly launched Wakefield BID to oversee the setting up and running of the company.
Following the successful vote which was announced at the end of February where eligible business backed the BID by 63% to 37%, a board has been appointed to help drive the organisation forward.
David Owens who runs the Wakefield Beer Exchange will be chair with Cormac Hamilton of Trinity Walk, Graham Howarth of WakefieldBusinesCentres.com and Lynne Thompson of Created in Yorkshire making up the team and representing all the sectors.
Owens, who lead the successful BID steering group said that the YES vote demonstrated the power of independent businesses who had collaborated with the larger multiples to create a plan that would make the city a great place to do business and give the local economy a boost.
“This YES vote gives a stronger voice to independent businesses in the city centre who have been desperate to influence how their immediate environment is promoted and maintained,” he said.
“For so long business people in the retail, leisure, arts, culture, hospitality and evening economies have stood by frustrated that their voices have not been heard. This will give them that voice, but more significantly the chance to take action.”
“It says a lot about independent businesses in Wakefield city centre that they are prepared to put their money where their mouth is and pick up the baton to make a difference that will change the face of the whole of Wakefield and benefit everyone.
“Our plans will attract more people by making the city centre more attractive, safer and more vibrant but the benefits will ripple across the wider district. They have every reason to be proud of themselves and the business values they demonstrated,” he added.
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