EGM 2014Opportunities for businesses owners to shape Newquay’s exciting ongoing evolution

Newquay’s Business Improvement District (BID) is on the hunt for a set of enthusiastic new and committed Directors who are ready and willing to get involved and help drive the organisation’s exciting plans for the town.

A number of the current Newquay BID Board of Directors have now served over 14 months of their elected term and due to growing work commitments and changes in circumstances have had to resign their responsibilities.  This situation means that the BID board now has openings for five new Directors and the organisation is keen to hear of suggestions and nominations for proactive and dedicated individuals who have great ideas and already have a commitment to the town and the BID.

Newquay BID is a not for profit limited company, governed by an elected board of directors made up of members of the BID, all working together to meet the agreed key objectives in the BID business plan.  In the last three years key milestones have been achieved including; a highly successful advertising, marketing and PR campaign which has seen extensive advertising across the London Underground, including during the London Olympics period, and over 40 pieces of positive coverage in key target newspapers;  the drawing down of over £10,000 of additional finance for Newquay via The Mary Portas campaign; the development of new footfall driving events such as the beach film screenings and the invaluable sponsorship support of numerous Newquay-based events such as the Fish Festival, the Christmas Festival and the Night Surf and the development of the innovative new signage project for the town.

Chairman of the Newquay BID, Rachel Craze of Newquay Fruit Sales, says, “As a Newquay business, we were paying the required BID rates as we are within the set area.  I personally wanted to know and understand exactly what my money was being used for, what value it was driving back and what it was achieving in terms of future results and success for the town.  That’s why, for me, the only way to understand this, and to be able to put my mark onto those results, was by becoming a Director of the BID.

Rachel continues, “We are lucky that we have a really committed, and hard working, business community here in this town, but we have a number of challenges to overcome.  That’s why we’re keen to open up the opportunities on the BID board once more and invite business owners with companies of all types, or their key employees, to join the board.  By joining, they can help shape the future direction and spend of our joint investment in this town, and we really want to open the doors wide to make sure we have great people who share our major aspirations for our town.”

The BID is encouraging nominations from all sectors, size of business and areas within the BID boundary or from voluntary BID paying orgnaisations outside the zone. The success of the BID depends upon the involvement, expertise and enthusiasm of the Board and whilst the positions are unpaid, they offer the opportunity to play a key role in shaping the future direction of the town.  The current positions will last until the next BID AGM in May 2015 where a new board will be elected.

Rachel Craze says, “The next step for those interested in becoming a director is to complete the nomination form which can be found on http://www.newquaybid.co.uk/?p=2506 and to secure a ‘proposer’ for their nomination.  We do need to urge people to return the forms by no later than Friday 15th August which isthe deadline for receipt of nominations and we’re delighted to chat to anyone who’s keen to know more about what the role entails in the meantime.”

Following this date, a notice of the Newquay BID EGM, due to be held on Wednesday September 10th will follow with details of director nominations. An election will be organised if there are more nominations than there are Board places.

For more information on the Newquay BID please visit www.newquaybid.co.uk. If you have any questions regarding the role please contact Kate Cortez, Newquay BID Manager on 01637 498599 or email kate.cortez@newquaybid.co.uk.