Who we are

The team develops programmes and services that aim to meet the proposed initiatives as outlined in the business plan.  Meet the people who plan, deliver and communicate work by the BID.    


The BID Team

BID Team

From left to right: Elliot Sawyer, Operations Manager; Andrew Lowson, Executive Director and Chris Bush, Business Support Executive.

The office team oversee the development, delivery and promotion of the BID's projects, programmes and services.


Andrew Lowson

Executive Director

Andrew began his career undertaking commercial master planning and project management within the aviation and rail sectors.  He then moved into economic development for a government agency before becoming Managing Director of a York-based events company, where he helped double turnover and expanded operations in the UK.  Andrew brings experience of running a small business and understanding of working with multiple stakeholders on economic improvement programmes

Elliot Sawyer

Operations Manager

Elliot has firsthand experience running a local business, having worked with his family’s firm. Teaming this experience with working in Customer Service Management for several years, Elliot identifies and resolves key issues using data to manage the development and delivery of the BID's operations and programmes.

Chris Bush

Business Support Executive

Chris was involved in the set-up of 'Make It York', the city's first Destination Management Organisation (DMO), where he became an integral member of the business support advice services for the city, assisting small and start-up businesses to realise their goals. Chris also worked as part of the team who proposed the establishment of a BID for York and led the campaign to a successful public vote in November 2015.

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