Liverpool BID Company has unveiled the new Culture & Commerce BID operating board, with a mixture of independent and major businesses operating in the city, alongside public sector organisations from arts, culture, tourism, hospitality, commercial and professional services.
The BID is a private, not for profit organisation representing the interests of more than 1,000 businesses in Liverpool. BIDs are constituted by law and are designed to provide an independent voice to improve the areas in which they work.
Liverpool has two BID areas, the Retail & Leisure BID and the newly established Culture & Commerce BID, which covers the former Commercial District BID, St George’s Quarter and the waterfront. Coming from a variety of sectors, including Liverpool’s Lunya restaurant, Fazenda, arts organisations including NML and Tate Liverpool, professional services firms like Griffiths & Armour and Moore & Smalley, the board represents businesses looking to help shape the next chapter in Liverpool’s development.
The new board includes a representative from the Regenda Group executive team, Stephanie Harrison, who commented:
“I’m privileged to have a role in the new Culture & Commerce BID operating board. The BID brings together a dynamic mix of sectors to shape the next phase of Liverpool’s revival and I am pleased that the Regenda Group have an opportunity to play a part in this – regenerating place and creating opportunities for people in our region and beyond”.
Other members include:
Mark Blankstone (Blankstone Opticians), Chris Capes (Peel), Graham Dagnall (DWF), Sue Darwell (Bruntwood), Matthew Donnelly (Griffiths & Armour), Faye Dyer (ACC Liverpool), Ross Hazelhurst (Grosvenor Casino), Julia Carolina Coutinho Huf (Fazenda), Laura Irving (Tate Liverpool), Julie Johnson (Morecrofts), Sean Keyes (Sutcliffe Consulting Engineers), Peter Kinsella (Lunya), Phil Malthouse (Brock Carmichael Architects), Ian McCarthy (Lavvu), Gabrielle Monks (Home Office), Alan Robson (Project Four Safety Solutions), LauraPye (National Museums Liverpool), and Andy Webster (MHA Moore & Smalley Chartered Accountants).
The new expanded BID area comes with a five-year business plan of £7m investment for Liverpool city centre.
Chair of the Culture & Commerce BID operating board, Julie Johnson, said: “BIDs represent the donation of two valuable resources to a city – time and investment.
“Accountability and good governance are vital to ensure the strategy and the use of these resources is for the greater good.
“Liverpool BID is committed to making the city a better place to live, work and thrive. That means improving connectivity and the public realm, investing in culture and tourism, making the city safer and more secure and providing a vital voice for business and industry across a wide variety of sectors.
“Working together is more important than ever as we emerge from the pandemic and make the city more attractive to both its businesses, residents and those wanting to invest into it.”