7pm on Tuesday 9 October 2012 at the George Hotel Penrith
Businesses are invited to attend an open meeting to consider the proposal to introduce a Business Improvement District for Penrith town centre. The evening will be centred around a presentation by Keith Hoskins who will discuss his experiences in establishing and running a Business Improvement District in Hitchin see www.hitchinbid.co.uk
“The Open Meeting is a chance for businesses to ask questions or raise concerns about establishing a Business Improvement District for Penrith which has the potential to be a catalyst for change for the town. I am delighted to be welcoming Keith Hoskins to the meeting, his experience as the Town Centre Manager for Hitchin’s Business Improvement District will help to highlight the opportunity the BID represents for Penrith,” said Kelvin Dixon, Chair of the Penrith BID Shadow Board.
Penrith Building Society has sponsored the open meeting, the programme for the event is.
Kelvin Dixon, local businessman and Chair of the Shadow BID Board will present ‘Release Penrith’s Potential’ – Penrith’s Business Improvement District Proposal.
Questions and panel discussion.
Keith Hoskins, Town Centre Manager of Hitchin Business Improvement District will present ‘Making it happen’ – The Experience of Hitchin Business Improvement District.
Summaries of Penrith’s BID proposal will be available at the event.
Supporters of a ‘Yes’ vote in favour of establishing a Business improvement District for Penrith include Bob Clarke, a Director of Penrith Partnership, he said: “The Penrith BID proposal presents a rare opportunity for the town. We urge Penrith’s businesses and organisations to work together and reap the benefits.” Philip Cranston, President of Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: “A positive vote for the BID will mean the businesses of Penrith can make things happen. We must all get behind it and vote YES!”
The BID process is being supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, which provided the funding for the BID Co-ordinator. The project is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas, which is managed by DEFRA.
For more information about the Penrith’s Business Improvement District BID visit www.eden.gov.uk or www.penrithchamberoftrade.org.uk or www.penrithtown.co.uk/partnership/bid or contact the BID Co-ordinator Chris Kolek telephone: 07900 608085 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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