The Liverpool BID Company has appointed Bill Addy as its first Chief Executive.
Bill, a former Group Business Director of David McLean, has taken the new position to help develop the role of Business Improvement Districts in the city.
One of Bill’s main tasks will be to develop strategic links with major stakeholders in the city and plug the BID company into wider regeneration issues such as Liverpool Waters and the City Centre Strategic Investment Framework as well as events such as the International Festival for Business in 2014.
Liverpool currently has two BIDs – City Central, which covers the retail heart of the city centre, and the Commercial District, which embodies the business heart of Liverpool.
Together they represent more than 1,500 businesses employing more than 80,000 people in Liverpool and help to promote and manage more than 100 acres of the city centre generating millions of pounds of investment.
Ed Oliver, Executive Chairman of Liverpool BID Company, said: ”BIDs have already made a huge impact in Liverpool and there is great potential to expand their role and make a telling difference to the city’s future development.
”Bill recognises the opportunities BIDs represent and I’m thrilled he is joining us. He has a very impressive track record in delivering major projects in and around Liverpool.
”This is a key appointment and Bill will be a fantastic asset. I look forward to working with him over what will be an exciting six months ahead of us, leading up to ballot for City Central and setting out the strategic vision for BIDs for the next 10-15 years.”
Bill’s appointment is also part of a restructure of the BID Company, which saw Ed Oliver become Executive Chairman and Ian Ward as Chairman of City Central BID.
Bill, 58, who was schooled at The Blue Coat and gained a HND in Construction Management at Liverpool Polytechnic, said: ”It’s a tremendous opportunity for me to give something back to the city that I so enjoyed working in for many years. I benefited greatly career wise from working in Liverpool and it’s great to be back involved in the heart of things.”
A chartered builder by profession, who has worked on various developments ranging from Princes Dock to Liverpool Community College Arts Centre, Bill added: ”I want to ensure the success the BID’s have enjoyed over the past few years is built upon and together with our key partners, such as at LEP and Liverpool Vision, that we harness the potential of the city’s private sector to continue to drive Liverpool’s economy forward.”