The York BID appoints new Chair, Michael Hjort
York BID appoints local business owner and Director of the York Food and Drink Festival to serve as Chairman
The York Business Improvement District (BID) has appointed Michael Hjort to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors. York native Hjort owns Walmgate Ale House and has been actively involved with many city-wide projects including the long-running York Food and Drink Festival. He also contributed to the efforts behind the BID’s successful 2015 campaign.
Andrew Lowson, York BID Executive Director says, ‘Michael brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to this role. As a long-time local independent business owner, he understands York’s evolving business environment and how to positively grow with it. His leadership will inform our work as we continue to develop programmes that are in line with our business-led initiatives’.
The BID began operating April 2016 and has since launched and supported several programmes aimed to benefit businesses in the BID area and York city centre. These programmes include enhanced street cleansing, BID street rangers, the Indie York pilot project, winter lights and support for city-wide events such as the Ice Trail, Residents Festival and Fashion City York. Heading into 2017, the BID will work with the Council to address business concerns about city car parking, review the centre’s signage/way-finding, and secure money-saving utility packages for businesses.
Michael Hjort says, ‘As a city-centre business owner, I am aware of the opportunities and challenges York’s businesses face and will work with the BID to help address these current concerns as well as future aspirations. The BID’s work has delivered notable results less than a year into its term. Moving forward, the BID will build upon its existing programmes and develop new programmes that lend to the upkeep and growth of York’s businesses and thriving economy.’