InExeter has announced the appointment of six new Directors to their board from a cross discipline of business sectors to help lead and advise the city’s business improvement district to continue to support and deliver on key aims to keep our city thriving.
Stepping up to their new roles are Faye Williams, co-owner of The Oddfellows; Adam Stock, operations manager at Eat the Bird; Tom Lomas, operations manager at John Lewis & Partners; Kelvin Keller, head of store at Loake – The Brogue Trader; Kingsley Crocker, operations manager at Margoux; and Marie Buckfield, co-owner of The Belt Makers. Between them all they bring hands-on experience from small independent businesses to large retail, and with that the ability to build a unique, collective vision of how to shape and drive business support forwards.
Collaboration with business is at the heart of InExeter’s work, and having this cross sector of business representatives will be a positive factor in ensuring the projects delivered have benefit to a large range of business, through the voices of these new Directors.
Tom Lomas, John Lewis & Partners, says: ‘’I feel truly honoured to be part of InExeter and can’t wait to get to work supporting the already great work the team do to benefit the city of Exeter.’’
Marie Buckfield, The Belt Makers, says: “I am delighted to have been welcomed on to the InExeter Board, to work with like-minded people in order to try and help bring something new to the Team. Being a passionate supporter of independent businesses, I also understand why indies and multiples need to work together to pool resources and share ideas. By doing so, we can keep things fresh for all our customers, all year round. This in turn will prove that Exeter is a fantastic place to keep coming back to; the city in which you can find almost anything you could possibly need, at any time.”
They join the current board members led by its Chair, Patrick Cunningham, Director of Exeter Phoenix and deputy chair, Andrew McNeilly, Guildhall Shopping Centre, alongside a dedicated BID team.
InExeter, the city centre Business Improvement District, now incorporates areas from Fore Street all the way to Sidwell Street, encompassing Queen Street to South Street and parts of Magdalen Road too. Within those areas are a diverse mixture of business, with InExeter representing upwards of 600 businesses across the city centre.
Those businesses include retail, leisure, hospitality, venues, office and commercial sectors so the addition of these new Directors will strengthen partnerships to maintain a connection and understanding of how to best support each sector.
Exeter is a thriving city centre with a highly engaged business community. Emily Gibbon, Interim BID Manager says: “Our new board members share in our vision and ambition to add and improve the city centre for all’’.
Patrick Cunningham, Chair of InExeter added: “I would like to welcome our new board members; it is very positive to see an enthusiasm to join us – especially in such an unprecedented year’’.
Exeter as a city boasts a wealth of offers, and the Board of InExeter are focused on continuing to promote collaboration as key to building on our city as a place where all are welcome.