Centre Manager for Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside
I am the Shopping Centre Manager for the three shopping centres in Shrewsbury – Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside. The Riverside Shopping Centre is planned for a £150m redevelopment which will link all three shopping centres together. I am involved in the Shrewsbury BID because I believe Shrewsbury Town Centre businesses will benefit from the additional funding as seen in over 120 other towns and cities around the country. Before moving to Shrewsbury, I worked in Lincoln and was a member of the Lincoln BID board, which gives me first-hand experience in understanding what benefits a BID can bring to the Town.
Managing Director, The Parade Shopping Centre, Chair of Shop in the Loop and Safer Shrewsbury
Our family company owns and manages The Parade Shopping Centre, for which I am Managing Director. Independent shops are the lifeblood of our town centre. We are passionate about maintaining the number and quality of these businesses. In order to assist the town centre marketing and the safety of the town for all users I contribute towards Safer Shrewsbury and Shop in the Loop. I am currently Chair of both of these organisations. I also represent crime prevention and safety on the BID task group. As always I wish to work in partnership with others to make Shrewsbury the best it can be for shoppers, visitors and residents.
Owner of Mad Jacks and the Mytton and Mermaid Hotel
I own Mad Jacks Restaurant in Shrewsbury Town Centre and The Mytton and Mermaid Hotel in Atcham. I have lived in Shrewsbury for 23 years but am originally from London. Having been in private business I understand the importance of staying one step ahead of the game and knowing when and how to recognise the need to change. Times and the way people shop are changing and therefore Shrewsbury Town centre is changing and we need to urgently adapt to this and plan for its successful and vibrant future. I believe collectively as private businesses, ideas can be instigated to keep Shrewsbury alive whilst supporting its independent shops, heritage and culture and the BID would be a great way to do this.
Owner of Write Here! Ltd
I moved to Shropshire over 20 years ago, initially working for social services and since 2004 owner of Write Here on the High Street. I’m supporting the BID because it will help retailers in Shrewsbury prosper. We keep hearing how difficult things are on the High Street, and it’s true. But we’ve got the best selection of independent shop you’ll come across in the country, and Shrewsbury a fantastic town to visit. It’s a shame so few people know about us – the BID will help us get the message out!
Town Clerk, Shrewsbury Town Council
I have worked as a Town Clerk for over 13 years always in County Towns, working with elected members, residents, the business and retail sector and community stakeholders. The Town Council is supportive of the BID Task Group, working with them during consultation stage and through to implementation to ensure a strong and vibrant town centre.
Owner of The Prince Rupert Hotel
My connection to Shrewsbury commenced in 1996 when I purchased the Prince Rupert Hotel. Previously, I had spent a ten year period managing five star hotels in the Caribbean. Within Shrewsbury Town Centre I also own other properties in the town including Camellias Tea Rooms, Chambers Restaurant, retail space and a car park. I have held a number positions within the Shrewsbury business sector including Chairman of Shrewsbury Tourism Association, Director of STCMP, Director of Shropshire Tourism and a member of the Bank of England regional advisory group. I have a strong belief that Shrewsbury has yet to reach its potential as a destination and I am confident that a successful BID will provide the foundations for the correct initiatives to be implemented which in turn will enable the longer term objectives to be achieved.
International Director, Aedas Architects
I am currently the International Director for Aedas Architects UK, sitting on the Global Board with responsibility for Middle East operations. Since joining Aedas (formally Abby Hanson Rowe) in 1979, I have lived and worked in Iran, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia returning to Shrewsbury in 1986 where I have been a Resident Partner involved with Commercial, Education and Healthcare work. Besides my roles within the Aedas Partnership, I have been an active member of the Shrewsbury Vision Group, and I am keen to promote Shrewsbury as a live, work, relax destination.
Mo Aswat is Director of The Mosaic Partnership who is advising the Shrewsbury BID. He developed one of the first BIDs in the UK and has now advised on over 50 BIDs across the UK.
My name is Julian Spencer, I am a Chartered surveyor, and am a Director in the commercial property practice of Spencer Evans, and Residential Estate Agency of Spencer Evans and Jakeman. I have worked in Shropshire, Mid Wales and West Midlands since 1988, and opened our Shrewsbury office in 1989. I have a passion for the success of the Shrewsbury Town centre, which is a magical place of national historical importance. It is my hope that the Shrewsbury BID will refocus the way the town centre is not only run but perceived and also play an active part in encouraging visitors to dwell and enjoy our town and I think the Shrewsbury BID would give local businesses an important say in their town and future.
Store Manager, Marks and Spencer
Currently the store manager of Marks & Spencer’s Shrewsbury, I was the manager here before in 2001 in the days before the flood defences, and was the one who talked Craig from Big Brother to turn the lights on that year. I’ve managed M&S stores in lots of towns and have been part of BIDs before. I love the town so much that when I got the offer to come back in 2011 I jumped at the chance. The BID for me means us having a say in what really matters to us and our customers in the town.
Chairman of Shrewsbury Tourism Association
I have been Chairman of Shrewsbury Tourism Association since 2002 and have been working in the tourism business for forty years. I am also Vice Chairman of Shrewsbury and Shropshire Waterways and Leisure Group and a Director of Shropshire Business Enterprise. I live in the town centre and also have shops and apartments within the town. I believe think the BID would be a good thing for Shrewsbury as it could play an important role in speaking for the town’s businesses and help to further improve the Shrewsbury offer, bringing investment, footfall and business to the town centre.
Area Commissioner, Shropshire Council
I’m employed as a senior manager at Shropshire Council. I have a range of responsibilities which includes working with private, public and voluntary organisations and businesses in the town. I am passionate about Shrewsbury. It is my home town. Promoting the town centre as a place that people come to visit, work, do business, learn, live, shop and enjoy is key to our success. We aim to create a vibrant and sustainable town centre which supports business and enterprise, attracts more visitors and hosts a rich variety of recreational activities and events that appeals to all age groups. The BID provides a unique opportunity for us to work together to achieve these aims.
Head of the Wills and Probate Department, Darwin Matthews Solicitors
Darwin Matthews Solicitors is a general legal practice based in the centre of Shrewsbury which offers advice and services in a range of areas to both individuals and businesses throughout Shropshire. Having been raised and educated locally, I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to return to Shrewsbury after University to pursue my legal career. We are extremely privileged to live in a historical and picturesque town which has a huge amount to offer in terms of activity, not to mention the countryside that surrounds us. I am keen to be involved in a BID which can help spread the word on what we have to offer and promote our town not only as a tourist destination but also as a great place to raise a family and run a business.
Manager, Montgomery’s Tower and Pubwatch Rep