_MG_6561_0474Nineteen months have passed since the Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) elected its first directors and the organisation has achieved a lot in its short lifespan thus far.  Ahead of the 2013 AGM, the organisation is encouraging local retailers, activity and hospitality business people and members of the Newquay professional service sector, to think about putting themselves up for election if they are based within the BID area.

 As with normal BID systems, a complete re-election must be held every two years and all BID levy payers are invited to stand and are also eligible to vote.  Current directors may be voted back in if they decide to stand. The Newquay BID AGM will be held on May 15th 2013 and prior to this all members will receive a letter inviting them to put themselves forward to become a BID board director. The final list of nominations will go out with the notice of the AGM on April 15th and the elections will take place on the night of the 15th of May.  This meeting is open to all BID members. 

 Eve Wooldridge, BID Manager, said, “We will be looking to appoint several new directors at the AGM in May to bring the total number of active members to fifteen.  Most BIDs follow the same management formula; board members are made up from the Town Council, Cornwall Council and Chamber of Commerce (who appoint two places between them), BID levy payers (who vote in ten members), the voluntary contributions sector (who fill two places) and another body not included in any of the above but with an interest in securing the objectives of the BID proposals.  This additional body provides the final person.”

Eve continues, “We are excited to have the opportunity to work closely with some new faces and access the range of experience, skills, knowledge and ideas that new members can bring to the table. There are lots of fantastic businesses in the BID area who have some brilliant concepts and they could become real assets to the management team.  This is a great chance for the right influencers, who need to have the time and willingness to roll-up their sleeves and get involved. They will get to guide the direction of this vital organisation, which is helping lead a major perception change about our town.  If people would like more details about what’s involved in being a director, I encourage them to get in touch with me directly and I will be more than happy to pop along and talk them through the role and responsibilities.”

 Jane Hawkey, current Newquay BID Chairperson adds: “Being part of the first BID for Newquay has been an exciting role as we have paved the way for the future of the organisation. As with all high street and tourism-led towns, there are many challenges facing Newquay at the moment and the BID Board and its day-to-day team are constantly working hard to provide a new set of solutions and support mechanisms for members and their businesses.

“Personally, being on the Board has ensured that I know there is a voice for my own business sector, but it is really important that the Board is made up of a wide and varied range of spokespeople, businesses and experience. I would urge anyone who is a BID member to consider standing so they can have their say for the future of our town.”

 For more information on Newquay BID or the role of the Board of Directors, please contact eve.wooldridge@newquaybid.co.uk or telephone 01637 49859. All BID members will shortly be receiving a letter through the post asking if they wish to nominate themselves.