Laurence O’Connor, has been re-elected as the Chair of Burnley BID
We are pleased to announce that our Managing Director, Laurence O’Connor, has been re-elected as the Chair of Burnley BID for a second year running.
The Burnley Business Improvement District (BID) is a defined geographical area within the town centre ring roads. Within this area, businesses collectively invest in, and enhance, Burnley as a trading environment and visitor destination. In late 2019, businesses in Burnley voted overwhelmingly to start a town centre BID. This allowed the BID to start work within a mandate to invest in the town centre, support businesses and ensure Burnley can thrive as a destination of choice for consumers and shoppers.
A message from Laurence O’Connor:
Across all sectors, in the last 18 months, our town centre has had to battle and be resilient in the face of lockdowns and restrictions. We have faced many challenges as a new BID too with the backdrop of COVID-19 proving a tricky obstacle to try and negotiate as we look to start delivering on our aims and objectives to boost Burnley.
Immediately in late spring 2020 we worked alongside Burnley Borough Council to support businesses to ensure that they could access all of the financial help that was available to them. Yes it was a difficult time and an uncertain environment in which to launch the BID but it did give us the opportunity to put the groundwork in place to plan our future strategies in line with our three core themes. To create a modern, vibrant and connected town centre, make Burnley even better for businesses and also become more responsive and proactive in terms of town centre safety.
We have begun to deliver projects and initiatives in line with these objectives and are looking forward to taking this up a gear as we move forward post-pandemic. We are stronger together, and teamwork will be an important factor in the future success of the town.