We are delighted to tell you that we have received a total of 18 nominations for the 13 available places on the BID Board, which means we will have a ballot to determine the Board make-up on Monday 16th October 2017. This will take place between 8:00am – 6.30pm in the Chef’s table Room behind the Reception Desk in the ABode Hotel.
Three nominees have already been successful as they were the only nominees in their sector and so are automatically selected, as follows:
- Small store/independent (one position): David Lilford, Lilford Gallery and Lilford Framing
- Hospitality (one position): Dan Grimwood, The Refectory Kitchen
- Education (one position): Marco Keir, Canterbury Christ Church University
The remaining candidates are:
1.Large Store (one position):
- Paul Strong, Fenwick
- David Stevenson, Tesco
2. Night time economy (one position):
- Ian Blackmore, The Jolly Sailor
- Blake McCaskill, Republic Events
3. Business Services (two positions):
- David Redgate, Girlings Solicitors
- Clive Relf, Kreston Reeves
- Alex Ridings, Think Agency
3. General/any business sector (six positions):
- Robert Brady, Regal Estates
- Karl Elliot, Clague Architects
- Jonathan Fitter-Harding, Dodgems & Floss
- Paula Gillespie, Marlowe Theatre
- Simon Ludden, Tarvos Wealth
- Clare Millett, The Westgate Hall
- Alex Ridings, Think Agency
- Nicholas Rooke, Finns
- Adam Smith, Water Lane Brasserie
- Plus the candidates in the other categories (above) who will also be considered in this category.
How will the ballot work?
There will be separate ballot papers for the four categories. Every levy paying business is allowed one vote per category. Voters will be asked to vote for their preferred candidate(s) in the Large Store, Night Time Economy, Business Services and General/ Any Business category. The result will be announced on Tuesday 17th October on the BID website and by email that afternoon.
Those wishing to vote will be required to bring proof of identity of the business on behalf of which they are casting their votes as follows: authority on company headed paper, business card, or a current bill for that business (utility, levy bill or business rates bill). Those businesses that have nominated themselves are, of course, also eligible to vote.
This will be a secret ballot and the ballot papers completed anonymously.
In order to assess who you would like to vote for, each candidate has provided 150 words on why they want to serve on the BID Board and why they would be suitable. These statements are available on the BID website: canterburybid.co.uk/the-board/
We are really pleased that we have so many levy payers interested and willing to serve on the BID Board. While we only have thirteen places available on the Board, and only eight of those subject to this ballot, we will make sure that we continue to work with anyone who is not successful on this occasion to involve them in the work of the BID and to give them every opportunity to contribute as we move forward.
The BID Team.