Your BID Board

Representing independent businesses, multi-national brands, the evening economy, public services, professional services, entertainment venues and small and large employers. Our representative Board of Directors, BID team and City Ambassadors continue to deliver a varied and cross-cutting range of projects and initiatives. Across every project, we are developing the BID’s and the City’s identity and making sure at every opportunity the city is in the mind of people as a vibrant, thriving and changing City and we embrace our city’s bright future.

A Message from the BID Board Chairman

Welcome to you all and thanks for being interested enough in this great City of ours to be reading this report. Our annual budget is in excess of £500,000 and we have been making it work very hard indeed to squeeze out as much benefit for the BID businesses as possible.

Currently, we have the best collection of Ambassadors we have ever had bringing smiles and help to numerous companies and members of the public around our streets seven days a week. With the help of the CCTV now in the care of the BID, we are beginning to understand in even more detail the movement of people and the issues involved within the City limits. This enables us to be onto an issue straight away before it becomes an incident.

The ‘Alternative Giving Campaign’ is gaining momentum and we will roll out more collection points in the City this year with the goal to reduce all forms of begging and offer proper help for those people, genuinely on our streets through no fault of their own.

Our first ever WIRE (Wolverhampton Independent Retailer Excellence) awards, was a great initiative to celebrate the skills we have in the City. Over 145 companies entered, and everyone deserves big congratulations in making it such a great success.

Also, we have seen the BID lead out the ‘Wolves in Wolves’ on our City Streets. 30 individually decorated Wolf statues were scattered around the City with one roaming about! ‘Wolf on the Move”! All sponsored by the business community and painted by local artists.

A Loyalty/Gift card will be coming in 2018 and our Streets will be brighter than ever in November and December as we roll out the extended Christmas lights program the widest the City has ever seen. Everything can be followed on various media so sign up to follow us and keep an eye on to check what the city can offer you, whether it’s Parking or Partying, Shopping or Sightseeing. Tell all your friends Wolverhampton is back on the map.

Thanks again to the BID Team of Lucy, and Shaun, led by Cherry who work some very long shifts to keep the candle burning brightly in our City.

John Henn  |  Wolverhampton BID Chairman and Independent Business Owner (T.A. Henn)

Who is on the BID board?

John Henn – Independent Retailers TA Henn
Cllr John Reynolds – Local Authority Wolverhampton City Council
Inspector Sarah Thomas West – Crime & Safety West Midlands Police
Ian Watkins – Chairman Grand Theatre
Debbie Eggerton House of Fraser
Chris Bourne – Finance Eterno & PIA Wealth Management
Steve Morton – Access & Parking  Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
 Sham Sharma – Night Time Economy  Zuri Coffee
 Alison Westwood – Legal  Thornes Solicitors
 Richard Scharenguivel – National Retailers  Mander Centre
 Cherry Shine  BID Director
James Thomas Horton – Marketing  Casino 36