CH1ChesterBID has announced five new board members in its drive to sustain and support the city centre’s business improvement district (BID).
Ellis & Co director John Farrell is one of five new board members, whose expertise stretches across the city’s businesses from law and finance to hospitality and retail.
“I am thrilled to have joined CH1ChesterBID as a board member,” said John.
“I was born and raised in Chester, and I live, work and socialise here, I am very proud of the city and what it has to offer.”
Katrina Kerr, Chester BID chair, said: ‘Myself and Nick (Nick Hodson, Deputy Chair) purposefully sought to include those with an expertise of the city centre and an understanding of our shoppers and diners, also those that can offer an insight into the professional service sector – a sometimes overlooked but thriving part of the city business scene.”
New board members are Simon Radley, executive chef at The Chester Grosvenor and Michelin-starred ‘Simon Radley’; Will Powell of Powells Jewellery; Emma McGlinchey, partner at Aaron and Partners and Ian Gordon – founder of IKO hospitality which own and operate Liquor & Co, The Cabinet Club and Craft & Company in Chester.
“The country’s city centres and high streets are facing a turbulent time,” said Katrina.
“We need to make the right strategic decisions now to make sure we keep the city centre as vibrant as ever.
“Chester is a loved city, well-known for its fantastic food and drinks offering, interesting independent boutiques and galleries and charm – our city’s much-lauded personality and creativity cannot simply be replaced by more convenient online alternatives.
“We welcome our new board members and their finely attuned insight on how best we support the businesses within the city, attracting visitors and increasing footfall," she added.
Pictired L to R: Katrina Kerr, Will Powell, Emma McGlinchey, Ian Gordon, Simon Radley and John Farrell.