John Hick, proprietor of Pendra Loweth Holiday Cottages in Falmouth, has been named as the new chairman of the Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID).
Hick replaces Nigel Carpenter, who has decided to step down after a four-year involvement with the BID programme.
Carpenter, proprietor of the St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, played a key role in establishing the BID, being involved on the early steering group, galvanising business support and subsequently spearheading a successful ‘yes’ campaign.
He said: “I am extremely proud of Falmouth and am delighted that the Famouth BID has been able to play such a supportive role in expanding what the town can offer, improving our marketing and helping our 400 businesses wherever and whenever we possibly can.
“I have been very fortunate to have been supported by such a keen, able and hard working team of directors and a dedicated BID Manager. I shall continue to champion the excellent work of the BID at every turn but after four years felt it was time to hand over the chair. I am confident that John Hick will do a first class job as my successor and I wish him every success in his new role.”
Hick brings a wealth of local and national tourism related experience to the role and was awarded an MBE for his services to tourism in his capacity as vice president of the British Holiday and Home Parks Association (BH & HPA).
He remarked: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to chair the Falmouth BID and to continue the excellent work that Nigel Carpenter has done.”
Meanwhile, the BID has also welcomed Helen Tite as a new director, following the stepping down of Jonathan Griffin. She runs The Core Fitness on the Moor and will act as the BID High St Champion.