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New appointments boost the board of Gloucester BID

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 19 November 2020 6:55

Two highly experienced independent entrepreneurs have joined the board of the Gloucester business improvement district (BID) as it strengthens its efforts to champion the city.

Angela Lovell and Toby Wooldridge, join the powerful collective of businesses' board of directors as the BID continues its work to help drive forward the city economy.  

Ms Lovell is a trained beautician, a qualified midwife and a prescriber of medicines at Gloucester Royal Hospital, as well as running her own medical facial aesthetics clinic from above the Vine Bar and Kitchen in Eastgate Street, the restored 17th Century, grade II listed landmark building.

Mr Wooldridge and his wife Ann are co-owners of the very popular Peppers Coffee Shop in Bull Lane, located just off Westgate Street where they also have property interests.   

Before launching Peppers, Toby was a re-insurance specialist managing an office that handled high value commercial claims.   

Outside of work he is captain of the Gloucester City Cycling Club and Mrs Wooldridge was the first British woman, in 2009, to complete the Race Across America, a 3,020 mile-long Trans-Continental Ultra Marathon Time Trial. 

"There’s obviously some very special people in Gloucester’s business community”, said Kieron Bates, chairman of Gloucester BID and manager of the historic Fountain Inn in Westgate Street.  

“And we are all now working together, alongside the city council and other partner organisations, to help our members and colleagues recover from COVID-19, promote Gloucester and re-boot the local economy.” 

The Gloucester BID was launched on August 1, 2017, and it has just embarked on the fourth and penultimate year of its initial five-year business plan (August 2017 – July 2022). 

The continued operation of the BID will then depend on the outcome of a re-ballot of local businesses which will take place in early spring 2022.