New board members for Distinct Darlington

DARLINGTON’S town centre Business Improvement District company has appointed new board members.

Distinct Darlington, which is now entering its third year, carried out an election process to appoint new representatives to ensure every commercial and retail sector in Darlington is well represented.

Nicola Reading of Bliss Gifts has retained her position as a chairwoman of the board, with Carrie-Ann Brown from Moda in Pelle and Peter Bulmer from Coopers Cafe and the Waterhouse Kitchen jointly taking on the role as vice chair.

Joining the Board for the first time are Paul Taylor-Garthwaite from H Taylor & Sons, Stephen Valente from Café Valente and Stuart Young from UK Sewing Machines, David Walker from Handlesbanken, John Coxon from Leggs and Natalie Cooper from Houndgate Town House.

Previous Board members who have retained their positions are Councillor Chris McEwan and Ian Williams from Darlington Borough Council, Robin Blair from J.J Blair & Sons, with Inspector Mick Button representing the Police and Louise Hardy from Queen Street Shopping Centre as a co-opted member.

In the past year the Distinct Darlington has put together a host of events to drive footfall into the town including the Distinctly Delicious - Darlington Festival of Food, the Christmas ice rink and the successful Darlington by the Sea initiative which ended last week.

Alex Hirst, manager of Distinct Darlington, said: “It’s great to have the backing of such a strong group of people who are representing a wide cross section of the businesses in the town, from independent and national retailers to commercial enterprises and boutique hotel owners.

"I look forward to working with them throughout the next year and taking on board all the valuable expertise and support they will be able to offer.”

For more information about the BID for Darlington visit distinctdarlington.co.uk

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2:31pm Fri 15 Aug 14

oliviaden6 says...

MORE JOBS FOR THE BOY'S AND THE HALLOWED FEW ME THINKS?
MORE JOBS FOR THE BOY'S AND THE HALLOWED FEW ME THINKS? oliviaden6
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5:46pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Spy Boy says...

oliviaden6 wrote:
MORE JOBS FOR THE BOY'S AND THE HALLOWED FEW ME THINKS?
Got to agree with that. Waste of cash and a distinct drain on the income of small business just so some of Bill's team can get nice little earners. The whole BiD thing is a typical council scam. Scrap it. Scrap the council, too.
[quote][p][bold]oliviaden6[/bold] wrote: MORE JOBS FOR THE BOY'S AND THE HALLOWED FEW ME THINKS?[/p][/quote]Got to agree with that. Waste of cash and a distinct drain on the income of small business just so some of Bill's team can get nice little earners. The whole BiD thing is a typical council scam. Scrap it. Scrap the council, too. Spy Boy
  • Score: 3

11:39pm Sat 16 Aug 14

grandmab says...

Much too little too late! Anything distinct about Darlington has been eroded with the horrible 60's eyesores dotted about. The so called pedestrianization (cyclization) put paid to the last remnants. They brag about new ventures which never seem to materialize and we are still without a bus station. The only thing distinct about Darlington is that it has become the Gypsy capitol of the North East.
Much too little too late! Anything distinct about Darlington has been eroded with the horrible 60's eyesores dotted about. The so called pedestrianization (cyclization) put paid to the last remnants. They brag about new ventures which never seem to materialize and we are still without a bus station. The only thing distinct about Darlington is that it has become the Gypsy capitol of the North East. grandmab
  • Score: 1

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