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  • Writer's pictureSouthend BID

High Street Business leaders come together to enhance our city

Southend City Business Improvement District (BID) announces new board member and 5 new committee members!

Since the news of Southend City BID’s success in winning another 5 year term at the end of last year – the support from prominent figures in Southend’s business community has boomed!

Joe Barnes, Store Manager of Boots located at The Royals Shopping Centre has been appointed as new Board Member:

With over 12 years retail experience I feel that I have a valuable perspective on the importance of visitor experience in fostering customer loyalty and encouraging repeat business. I am very much looking forward to collaborating with the existing and new board and committee members to achieve the BID’s visions and objectives.”

Newly appointed committee members include Nicki Kelly, Principal of Southend Essex College, who says

"I am very excited to be part of the Southend City BID committee and representing the Southend City College. Our vision is to be at the heart of the community therefore it is great to have collaboration with Southend organisations and services to ensure our learners are getting the benefits of various project work which they can be involved in."

Other newly appointed committee members include Gerry O’Grady, Co-Owner of Utopia Coffee Lounge, and Mark Martinson, Manager of Primark.

In addition, local entrepreneur Aras Ali who owns a string of businesses within the BID zone including Arasocutz and Cut U Up amongst others, and Will Moss, the newly appointed Asset Manager of The Royals Shopping Centre, also join this strong collection of passionate business owners and leaders.

Will Moss comments

"I have recently joined the team here at The Royals and am keen to ensure the centre continues to support and work with the community. By joining the Southend City BID committee we can work together to do just that."

Mark Bartrip, Chair of Southend City BID and franchisee of both McDonalds on Southend High Street, says

The role of both board members and committee members is to pool their vast knowledge of the local area, drawing on their extensive business experience to develop and support the BID’s business plan.

We’re delighted to have these new additions to the board and committee and look forward to working together to leverage each other’s collective experience and passion to help continue driving change in the local area. Southend City BID is here to support the growth and development of local business and optimise the overall visitor experience.”


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