Harrogate BID Chair Sara Ferguson said: “Harrogate BID Manager Matthew Chapman will be leaving us for a new, exciting managerial role within North Yorkshire Council.

“Since joining us in May 2021, Matt has been a highly effective, dedicated and extremely popular BID Manager. I have certainly enjoyed our working relationship, and that is echoed by all my fellow directors.

“During his time with us, he has become one of the most recognised faces in the town centre. He’s built terrific relationships with the district and county councils, business organisations and business owners and their employees.

“We will be extremely sorry to see Matt go, but the good news for us, and the town centre, is that he will continue to play a role within the organisation, offering guidance and support to the board and BID team, within a part-time role to aid the recruitment process and ensure a smooth transition and handover.”

“The BID Team is now primed to continue delivering the high impact projects which benefit the town as a whole, and the job of finding Matt’s replacement has now begun.”