Chippenham Business Improvement District (BID) has been boosted with the addition of three new high profile board directors including Nic Puntis, who co-owns Sarah-Jayne’s Café with his wife. Nic has previously been critical of the BID with regards to the troubled Christmas Lights Switch On event.
“I was publicly vocal in my dissatisfaction with the way the event was delivered,” explained Nic. “And I asked probing questions of the BID which, to the credit of the BID board and management, were answered in a professional way. The BID board also agreed there were lessons to be learned with regards the Christmas Lights Switch On Event, which was encouraging as I felt they were listening to the concerns of the businesses they represent.
“I also felt that, as an advocate of Chippenham’s business community and business owner myself, I could bring my passion, local knowledge and experience to the BID and have a positive influence, as well as helping with the organisation of future events. The BID levy is a substantial cost for many businesses, but I will be working closely with the rest of the BID board to help ensure the budget is spent on improvements and projects in the best way, and solely for the benefit of improving the trading environment. This will include the Christmas Lights Switch On, and I will be working within the events sub-committee to help make this the ‘must see’ event in the area.
“I am convinced that the BID can, given the support of the town’s business community, deliver on the BID Business Plan and ultimately improve the trading environment in Chippenham. I urge all businesses in the town to support the BID by suggesting ideas for improvement, or by getting involved in steering groups.”
Melody Thompson, Chair of the Chippenham BID added: “We are pleased that Nic has joined the board. We have been calling for more representation on the board from a broader variety of sectors for some time, and it is particularly pleasing to see local business people bringing their passion, commitment and experience to the table. It is crucial that all sectors are represented within the BID to ensure that the BID delivers for all business types. The BID board echoes Nic’s call for more businesses to step forward and join the Board, and in particular we are looking for representatives from independent retail; national retail; entertainment, hospitality and leisure; and pubs and bars.”
Also joining the BID board are Emma Taylor, Partner at Gough’s Solicitors, and Chippenham Council Leader Desna Allen.