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Search Is On For A New Chief Executive Of Bath BID

Bath Business Improvement District (BID) is recruiting for a new Chief Executive following the announcement that Andrew Cooper is stepping down from the position to pursue a prestigious role with the newly launched Leeds Business Improvement District, now the third largest BID in the country.

Nigel Huxley, Chair of the Bath Business Improvement District said “Andrew leaves behind him an enviable legacy. Under his leadership the Bath BID has achieved phenomenal success, not only for the levy payers and the Business Improvement District, but also for the wider city. In its first term the BID has delivered on its remit, and indeed excelled. We now have a city centre which is better managed, better promoted, and with a range of initiatives that are delivering true value to levy payers. The business environment has improved to the benefit of all businesses in the BID area, as has the reputation of Bath as a place to visit, enjoy, and conduct trade.

“The foundations have been laid for ongoing success and further improvement to the city centre. Andrew’s successor will inherit a Business Improvement District in good health and with clearly identified areas for further work and improvement. This is an opportunity for fresh new ideas that build on the momentum we have. It is an opportunity to push on to the next level with renewed vigour.”

The Bath BID came into effect in 2011 with a remit to deliver better management and promotion of the BID area, as well as tangible savings for the city and its levy payers. There are now over 700 businesses paying into the BID. Since launch the BID has succeeded in delivering a range of initiatives and events that have included; the introduction of Night Marshalls in 2011 and the Nightwatch scheme in 2012 both of which helped to protect the evening economy and resulted in the city achieving Purple Flag status; the award-winning City Trade Waste Scheme; establishment of high profile award-winning events such as the Great Bath Feast and Bath in Fashion Week; and the launch of the hugely successful Official Bath App. In May 2015 the Bath BID was awarded an Industry Standard Accreditation from British BIDs – the professional industry body focused entirely on Business Improvement Districts.

“Since launch the Bath BID has brought the city’s business community closer together,” concludes Nigel Huxley. “The seasonal events that have been introduced ensure Bath is even more of a destination than it was before the BID, the night time economy has been strengthened, and our city is cleaner and safer. Andrew Cooper has delivered his role with award-winning transparency and honesty and he has endeared himself to the business community. As his tenure comes to a close he should be congratulated on a job very well done.”

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