9 Jun 2022
St Albans BID Appoints Two New Managers
St Albans Business Improvement District (BID) welcomes two new members to deliver the key objectives to support a commercial, thriving, sustainable and resilient St Albans.
Vivien Cannon joins as BID Manager and Richard Marrett as Destination Manager; bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to their roles.
Vivien Cannon has spent the last 8 years as Head of Cultural and Economic Services for Leighton-Linslade Town Council delivering strategic and day-to-day management with recent achievements including Best Local Council Market 2022. Her work predominantly focused on town centre services- giving locals and visitors reasons to visit and dwell- including the street market, public conveniences, community events and Christmas lighting alongside marketing and promotion of the area.
Commenting on her appointment, Vivien said:
“It is always a great pleasure and privilege to be involved in making a difference to people and the environment where they live, and work and I am delighted to be given the opportunity to support St Albans BID to build upon its successes and deliver its plans for the new term.
“St Albans has a rich history and is a beautiful, spirited city that I know people are extremely proud of. I am looking forward to building on relationships with the local business community to continue to work together to strengthen the local economy and secure a resilient and thriving city centre.”
Richard Marrett has a background in hospitality management having worked in the sector for over 20 years including 11 years as General Manager at St Michaels Manor Hotel in St Albans.
Richard has also worked with St Albans Visitor Partnership (SAVP) and was responsible for the launch, campaign and successful vote of the first term of St Albans BID in 2016. He is an active member of the St Albans Chamber of Commerce and was a finalist for the President’s Award at the Community Business Awards 2018.
Commenting on his appointment, Richard said:
“A new dynamic Destination Management Plan, promoting St Albans District as a premiere destination, will be implemented with the main purpose of increasing regional, national and international visitor footfall, dwell time and spend in our city centre.
“It will be enhanced through working in partnerships with the Council and key visitor economy stakeholders and attractions- to support and complement their offering with additionality including BID area events, markets, animations, maps, art, music and culture.
“Activities will be amplified and promoted regionally, nationally and internationally through a succinct comms strategy including; targeted marketing campaigns, media coverage, social media and targeted TV advertising.
“Overall, we have excellent plans in place and I believe my experience in the creation of St Albans BID, my local passion and knowledge of St Albans along with my management experience within the hospitality industry means I will be able to support the BID and the wider District visitor economy stakeholders drive visitor footfall over the next 5 years.”
St Albans BID chair, Harry Kinsley added: “The Board of Directors are delighted to welcome Vivien and Richard to the team. With their experience and knowledge, we are confident they will work together with the local business community to improve our city centre and boost the local economy.”
A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area. St Albans BID’s area includes St Peter’s St, the High Street, Chequer St and Holywell Hill.
Find out more about the BID at www.stalbansbid.com
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