Wakefield BID Appoints Manager

Wakefield Business Improvement District (BID) has appointed former Night Time and Retail Economy Lead, Elizabeth Murphy as its full time Manager.

Already, the former Wakefield Council Executive has set in progress an ambitious programme of activities to boost the profile of the city beyond its Yorkshire heartland to attract new and more visitors to fulfill the BID’s plans.

Less than two months after the BID received the thumbs up from businesses in the WF1 district, Elizabeth, who is based at the BID offices in Unity Works, Westgate, has set out a calendar of events and projects for the first year that will see it deliver on its original business plan that was voted on.

“Businesses gave us a decisive mandate in February but they had a very clear wishlist and now it is my responsibility to ensure they are delivered,” said Elizabeth.

“Already I have been speaking to stakeholders in all business disciplines to make sure they know we are following up their faith in or ambition with actions.”

Reporting directly to the BID Board Elizabeth is meeting with retailers, professionals, public sector and the leisure services to drive forward the BID’s agenda.

Dave Owen, chair of the BID board said that Elizabeth had stood out from all the candidates who applied for the full time role.

“We’re delighted to have secured Elizabeth Murphy as or full time manager to drive forward the Business Plan for Wakefield BID,” said Mr Owen. “Elizabeth was instrumental in helping us achieve a ‘YES’ vote. I and the rest of the board are confident she will make Wakefield city a better place to work, live and do business,” he added.

“I am looking forward to working with the levy payers and delivering results from the business plan. Wakefield is such a great city, with a lot to offer already and with the addition of the BID, I’m confident we can drive lots of improvements for the businesses and people of Wakefield”, said Elizabeth.

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