New Northbank BID Chairman Appointed

The Northbank BID has appointed Andrew Hicks, the Estate Director for Covent Garden at Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco), to be Chair of its Board. Andrew has been a member of the Board for the last two years, and takes the helm at a crucial time for the area. 

The BID has been at the forefront of pushing for the Strand / Aldwych transformation, which is now being led by Westminster City Council in collaboration with a number of partners including the BID, and enhancement projects for Villiers Street and Strand are also gathering momentum. These major projects, alongside the core work the BID is leading through its key areas of Safe & Secure, Public Realm & Environment, Marketed & Promoted and CSR, are ensuring the continued evolution of the Northbank as a leading central London destination for business and leisure. 

Andrew has worked in the area around Covent Garden for the last 13 years – he has vast experience of influencing the transformation and place shaping of Covent Garden and is looking forward to bringing these skills to support Northbank, the Executive team and the delivery of its strategic objectives. 

Andrew has worked closely with the BID for many years – most recently he has chaired the Public Realm Steering Group which has taken a lead role in the development of the Strand / Aldwych transformation scheme. He understands the vital role that BIDs play in place making and appreciates the transformational work that is possible when the public and private sector coalesce around shared goals. 

Speaking about his appointment, Andrew Hicks said:

“This is an exciting time for BIDs in central London and specifically for the Northbank. Our work over the last five years has demonstrated the pivotal role of BIDs and how we’ve been able to help improve our local environment to benefit all visitors. The Northbank is an iconic district and we are committed in our endeavours to make the area as good as it possibly can be. This means tackling some of the challenges we continue to see in the public spaces across the area as well as harnessing the huge opportunities available to benefit all businesses, visitors and our residents. I look forward to supporting the team and fostering ongoing collaboration as we continue to champion and deliver our vision.”

Welcoming his appointment, Ruth Duston, OBE, OC, Chief Executive of the Northbank BID said:

“Andrew’s substantial experience and extensive knowledge of the area make him a great Chair for the BID. His belief in the role that the private sector can play in the stewardship of our public spaces means he will be a great champion for the BID. On behalf of the whole Executive Team I am looking forward to working with him and the rest of the Board as we progress our ambitious Business Plan in the coming years.” 

Established via a ballot of local businesses in 2013, last year the Northbank BID was renewed for a second term. 

Announcement of Results: Northbank BID Renewal Ballot

Westminster City Council has today (23/02/18) announced the result of The Northbank Business Improvement District renewal ballot.

94% of the levy-paying community voted in favour of the Northbank BID’s next five year term (2018-2023), totalling 98% by aggregate RV. This result provides an overwhelming mandate for the BID to continue delivering real improvements for the Northbank area.

Ruth Duston, Chief Executive of The Northbank BID said, “We are delighted by this strong show of support from the business community, which not only demonstrates a vote of confidence in the work that we do and our ambitious programme for 2018-2023 but means that the Northbank can continue to be part of the BID success story. We’ve made significant progress in our first term, not least generating an additional £1million for the area, but there is still much to do. As well as delivering on our public realm vision, we will continue to work with the Mayor of London’s team to help tackle air pollution in central London – a key priority for the capital. Our ultimate goal remains transforming the Northbank into London’s most dynamic and vibrant quarter for all who work, visit and live in the area and we look forward to working collaboratively with our partners to continue to bring positive change to this strategically important district.”

Matthew Dixon, Chairman of The Northbank BID and Commercial Director of Corinthia Hotels, said, “I’d like to thank each and every one of our members for helping us to reach this significant milestone for the BID. Much of our success is down to the strong collaborative spirit between the BID, our partners and the local community and your continued support makes our important mission possible. Public-private partnerships such as BIDs are essential to ensure that London remains a leading global destination and over the next five years, we will do all we can to continue to champion local initiatives and investment in local infrastructure to help unlock growth across the capital and bring benefits to the whole community. The Northbank already has so much to be proud of and together, we will work towards a better and brighter future for this vibrant part of central London.”

The BID Executive and Street teams value your continued support and look forward to a prosperous five years ahead.