Antony Bulley, managing director of Strakers the property network, has joined the Board of the Chippenham Business Improvement District in a move that will help to further strengthen the BID as it approaches the first anniversary of its implementation.
“As a Chippenham resident for over forty five years and a business owner for the last fifteen years in the town, I have watched with great interest the progress of the BID and have been impressed by initiatives such as the free WIFI and Free After Three parking scheme,” explained Antony Bulley. “The BID is hugely important for the town, not only as a mechanism to drive promotion and better management of the town centre, but as a vehicle through which the business community can come together for the communal betterment of the business and trading environment.
“That sense of community is vital. It is too easy to run our businesses in isolation, but through the BID we can all get involved and make a contribution to ensure the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. As a long standing business operator with deep knowledge of the town, I believe I can make a strong contribution to the BID.”
Speaking about Antony Bulley’s appointment, Melody Thompson, Chair of the BID Board said: “The Chippenham BID is delighted to welcome Antony to the Board. His passion and enthusiasm, along with long-standing experience will help us as we look to build on the first year successes, and address the early teething problems of the BID. Antony understands the importance of engaging with levy paying businesses and the challenge of keeping momentum.
“Going forward the BID will be looking to attract more retailers, and especially independent retailers to the BID Board. The office sector is well represented, however we need more retailers to bring their experience and enthusiasm into the mix. Once we have achieved that, we will be even better positioned to take the BID forward.”
For more information on the Chippenham BID visit www.chippenhamconnected.com