The Blackburn Business Improvement District’s (BID) Manager since 2013, Harriet Roberts, is moving onto new consultancy roles across the UK.

Harriet has been the creative force behind some of the town’s most successful and innovative events, as well as driving the BID’s business plan forward over the last 5 years.

Nicola Clayton, Chair of Blackburn BID said, “We are sorry to see Harriet leaving the BID, but we can only be positive about the level of partnership working she has encouraged across the town as well as her delivery of an impressive programme of events, a range of security initiatives and schemes to make the town greener and cleaner.

“During her time as consultant BID Manager we have won numerous awards including a National Britain in Bloom Gold Award and becoming ‘Winner of Winners’ in the 2016 Great British High Street of the Year Awards, beating over 900 other entries.

“We wish her all the best with her new projects.”

The Blackburn BID is approaching the end of it’s first term and a proposal for a new 5-year term to run from 2019 – 2023 will go to the vote of BID Levy Members in September. The BID team are currently undertaking a number of town centre consultations including a series of “BID Conversations” to discuss future business priorities.  Work is also underway to develop the town centre Christmas programme.

Harriet said, “I am moving on from the Blackburn BID to pursue UK wide consultancy work. I have been with the Business Improvement District since 2013 and have made many friends and happy memories working together on collaborative campaigns and partnership initiatives such as the Blackburn Heritage Festival, Countryside Comes to Town and the town’s Christmas programme.

“Being part of Blackburn’s success story has been an incredible journey and I am grateful to the Executive BID Board for the opportunity and to the stakeholders for their support.

“I am not disappearing as I shall continue to be involved in the regeneration of the town as an active volunteer and trustee of The Exchange. I am looking forward to spending more time working with the volunteers of the charity, Re:Source to transform this iconic building into an exciting community venue.”

The BID will be looking to recruit a new BID manager once the vote is completed in the Autumn. To find out more about the BID Conversation Meetings visit the website blackburnbid.co.uk

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