The new Harrogate BID Chair and Vice Chairs said they are delighted to join the Board to offer their expertise and help the team carry out vital work to improve the town.

Changes to the BID Board have seen former Vice Chair Andrea Thornborrow, of Primark, step up into the Chair role after Dan Siddle stood down due to work commitments.

Andrea, who has been part of the BID for a number of years, said: “Harrogate BID has gone from strength to strength and is making a positive difference to the town centre.

“As a long-standing BID member, I am looking forward to taking on the role of Chair and building on the success we have made.

“I would like to thank Dan for his work during his time as Chair, helping the BID to secure a second term in Harrogate successfully.”

This left the Vice Chair role open for new applicants. So, Sara Ferguson of Café Marconi and Lyndsay Snodgrass of Verity Frearson stepped up to fill the position in a joint capacity.

Sara Ferguson, former Chair of Harrogate BID, said: “I am very happy to take up the shared position of Vice Chair of Harrogate BID along with Lyndsay.

“I am very much looking forward to working with Andrea, Lyndsay and the brilliant BID team to continue the great work they are doing for Harrogate town centre.”

Meanwhile, Lyndsay, Marketing Manager at Verity Frearson, said she is delighted to team up with Sara in the Vice Chair role.

“This is a really exciting time as we enter our second term and I look forward to working with Andrea and Sara to support Matthew and the rest of the BID team to develop and build on the success of term one,” Lyndsay added.

Harrogate BID has also welcomed several new directors onto the BID board for 2024. The new board directors include Sue Kramer, co-owner of Crown Jewellers of Harrogate, James White, centre manager at the Victoria Shopping Centre, Simon Midgley, owner of Starling Café, Neil Mendoza, general manager at The Studley Hotel and Julian Rudd, head of regeneration at the newly formed North Yorkshire Council.

The BID team are excited to work alongside Andrea, Sara, Lyndsay and all of the new directors to continue to work towards the new objectives for their second term.

Matthew Chapman, Harrogate BID Manager, said: “Historically, it is proven that good BIDs have great leadership, so I’m thrilled to have the support and guidance from such a comprehensive group of directors as we embark on our second term.”

Harrogate BID would like to thank the directors who stepped down at the end of 2023 for their commitment to improving the town. The team said they were a pleasure to work alongside during their time on the BID board.