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Friday, 03 July 2015

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Expert appointed in mission to boost Ulverston economy

A CO-ORDINATOR has been appointed to drive forward a business improvement plan for Ulverston that could generate more than £70,000-a-year for five years to promote and improve the town’s economy.


Chris Kolek, who successfully managed the Business Improvement District processes for Penrith and Kendal, has agreed to work with the Ulverston BID steering group.

Mr Kolek, who also carried out the feasibility study on setting up an Ulverston BID, said: “I am looking forward to working with local businesses and the steering group.

“When I undertook the feasibility study there was a genuine enthusiasm for the idea, and the real benefits it could bring to the town.”

The statutory process to set up the BID will use up to £20,000 of funding from Ulverston Town Council, Ulverston Community Partnership, South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council to build on the initiative over the next year.

Businesses across Ulverston will vote on whether they want the BID to go ahead.

If the vote is positive, more than £70,000 could be raised each year for five years through a one per cent levy on business ratepayers.

The town’s biggest employers, including GlaxoSmithKline, Siemens, Oxley, Forge Europa and Tritech, have all expressed their support for the BID initiative.

Chairman of the BID steering group, Chris Nelson from Ulverston Business Alliance, said: “We are delighted to have Chris on board to give us the benefit of his experience and expertise. It is the business community which will decide how to spend those funds.”

For more information contact Chris Nelson on 07761 930627 or email chris@trafalgar-pr.co.uk.


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