Simon Kent, a previous director of Harrogate Convention Centre, will take over the day-to-day running of the organisation, including liaising directly with town centre businesses, reporting into the Board and fostering relations with BIDs around the country.

Earlier this year, the organisation formed to promote Harrogate town centre as a must-visit destination for shoppers and tourists, unveiled a new-look board to better represent the businesses operating within the BID district.

Simon said: “I’m delighted to take up this interim appointment, and whilst we are living in unprecedented times, I’m confident the BID will be able to deliver long and lasting beneficial results for our town centre businesses.

“Since my appointment, I’ve been working closely with Board members to instigate a number of initiatives which we can begin during the coronavirus closedown.

“These included measures to ensure the ‘high street’ will be looking at its best for when trade is able to resume, and we are able to welcome locals and visitors alike back to our town.”

Harrogate BID Chairman Robert Kennedy said: “It’s fantastic to have Simon onboard. To have someone of his experience, who can listen to the views of all the Board members, and help steer us through these extremely difficult times, can only be a plus.

“With Simon’s knowledge of the town centre, I’m confident that we can all work together and plan for what’s best for our town.”

Harrogate BID’s Interim Manager, Simon Kent.