Shrewsbury BID is governed by a voluntary board of directors from a representative range of businesses in the BID area.  The Board meets regularly to ensure the priorities of businesses are being met and to monitor performance and delivery.  We caught up with each board director to ask them some questions to help you get to know them better…

Tina Boyle – owner of Acoustic Boutique, High Street, and one of the board’s Independent Retail representatives

Why did you get involved with Shrewsbury BID?

I got involved with the BID as I wanted to help make Shrewsbury an even better place for everyone. It is such a special place to live and work and the BID works tirelessly to promote it, keep it safe, improve it and provide the central point and voice for businesses in the town.

Can you share any recent highlights for your business?

After the first lockdown, the major highlight was the support of our loyal customers and the general mood of people to support and buy local. I think people realised that if you want to have a vibrant town centre, you have to support it.

What are the main challenges for town centres?

I think the main challenge is internet shopping, and how town centres respond to change, growing and evolving to be a place where people want to come to eat, drink, shop, visit, live, study, work and enjoy. Town centres need to be places that provide a wide range of different activities, culture and arts – places which appeal to a variety of people.

What was the last message on your phone?

The last WhatsApp message on my phone was from my sister’s group chat. Technology like WhatsApp and Zoom has kept us connected while we haven’t been able to meet up. Roll on June when we can all get together (fingers crossed) and I can also get to see my grandchildren again, and hopefully make up for all the hugs I have missed.
Shrewsbury BID board director elections take place at our Annual Meeting in May each year – please get in touch if you are a BID member and interested in standing for election.