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New manager for business group and city centre champion Gloucester BID

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 20 November 2020 6:15

A new manager has been appointed to help lead Gloucester BID as it continues to position itself as the champion of the city centre and its businesses. 

Emily Gibbon has been appointed as the business improvement district’s full-time role manager, tasked with supporting businesses through economic recovery from the pandemic and delivering the BID’s business plan for 2017-2022.  

Mrs Gibbon has most recently been the interim manager of InExeter, Exeter’s BID, helping to steer it and its 750-plus member businesses through the unprecedented period of change imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

She has lived in Gloucester since 2011 and played a key role in various citywide initiatives like the GL Card and having helped set up the BID in 2017. 

“I’m delighted to be joining Gloucester BID and to be working closely with so many brilliant and passionate business people. Businesses face challenges like they have never seen before presently and it’s crucial we all pull together to support them back to full strength. Collaboration is key,” said Mrs Gibbon. 

The BID will play a vital role in helping to do that, and too in celebrating the wonderful, vibrant city of Gloucester and all it has to offer.” 

Kieron Bates, chairman of Gloucester BID, said:“We were delighted with the response to the advertised vacancy and the number of strong candidate applications we received, it made our decision a tricky one. 

After careful consideration, Emily’s working knowledge of other BIDs across the country, combined with her passion for, and experience of, Gloucester won through. 

The current BID has just under two years to run, and we feel Emily will be able to hit the ground running and represent and champion the help and support our member businesses need through these challenging times for everyone. 

We would like to extend a big ‘thank you to Philip Cooke, who has worked hard as our interim manager over the past year”. 

Bid directors have also awarded the contract for management of the BID to the Four Gates of Gloucester – a social enterprise not-for-profit company committed to the city. 

According to the directors the proposal provided the “best value for money and overall appeal”, including permanent city centre offices, management and support.  

An independent job application process resulted in a shortlist of candidates who were interviewed by a panel including both new and existing BID volunteer directors, the chairman and representation from Four Gates.