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BID group starts director search

THE hunt is on for a new director of the Solihull Town Centre Business Improvement District after a Dorridge man recently appointed to the role left to pursue other interests.

THE hunt is on for a new director of the Solihull Town Centre Business Improvement District after a Dorridge man recently appointed to the role left to pursue other interests.

James Brown’s appointment was announced in June but the marketing specialist has resigned from the post he took up in July.

Mr Brown had 20 years experience in marketing, including a lengthy spell at the NEC, and prior to being appointed as BID director had been a marketing consultant with The Convention Centre Dublin.

A Solihull BID spokesman said: “It turns out he wants to run his own business and has gone off to do his own thing.”

As bills go out to local businesses who will fund the scheme, BID chairman Sue Yates said it was very much ‘business as usual.’

The hunt has started for a new director to manage the £2.5 million initiative.

BID will work with retailers and businesses in the town centre to improve the trading environment.

In the interim the project has recruited experienced project manager Shirley Sturzaker on a temporary basis.

“Shirley has stepped in to manage day-to-day operations and is driving things forward,” said Sue.

“Everything is moving on in exactly the same way.

“Once we knew James was going we worked with the BID consultants to work out what was best to support it.

“Shirley has been involved in a number of BID schemes and is very excited about working on the Solihull one.

“And although she is involved in other BIDs she was keen to take up the opportunity to support us here.”

As far as Mr Brown’s sudden departure was concerned Sue remained philosophical.

She said: “I think these things happen in life - sometimes people decide the role isn’t for them.”

 

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