Message from our Chairman
I believe Skipton to be a unique place, of which all of us who live or conduct business in the town can be justifiably proud. We are fortunate to be connected with this historic town, with one of the finest medieval castles in the North of England, a wonderful and charismatic retail area, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and its basin, a fascinating museum which houses a rare Shakespearian First Folio, and an ancient market, alongside many other attractive features. Skipton is a great place for families and animal lovers having Skipton Castle woods at the top of the High Street. In addition Skipton is the historic Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, an area that can be truly described as one of the finest examples of natural beauty in the country with all the benefits this brings for tourism in the area.
Back in 2009 businesses voted for a Business Improvement District (BID) to be set up in Skipton and re-voted for the BID to continue in 2014 and again in 2019. By doing so the businesses have enabled the BID board to invest approximately £1.5 million in Skipton to date; and the recent successful ballot has opened up the opportunity to invest a further £800,000 in Skipton over the coming five years. The Board are committed to continuing to raise the town’s profile and enabled Skipton to remain relevant, a place where people want to live, work and spend their leisure time.
Moving forward we see more changes in the high street as the technological revolution continues at a pace. It is up to us to adapt quickly embracing the changes making Skipton a better safer place for people to enjoy their leisure time. The Skipton BID can only help improve our town, and without it we will see Skipton fail to meet its full potential.
Andrew Mear, Chairman
Andrew has an extensive property portfolio across West Yorkshire, and has various properties he owns and manages in Skipton.
Andrew is Principal of Craven College which is a Multi-academy Trust responsible for The Skipton Academy.
Robin works at Skipton Building Society, and is part of their Senior Leadership Team. Robin joined the Board following the BID renewal in 2014.
Ivan Le Roux
Ivan works at Skipton Building Society, and is part of their Senior Leadership Team. Ivan joined in 2018 and is the President of the Skipton Chamber of Trade and Commerce; representing the Chamber on the Board.
Billy is a Chartered Accountant with Reid Moffat in Skipton. He joined the Board following the BID renewal in 2014 to represent the Skipton Chamber of Trade as its President. Having retired from that position in 2018, Billy remains on the Board as a Volunteer Member Director.
Dave is currently the Chief Officer of Skipton Town Council, one of the two ex-officio local authority positions on the Board. He joined the Council in 2007 following a 20 year career in media which included roles heading up the press and communications team for a large local authority, as well as management and presentation roles at a number of local commercial radio stations. He joined the Board following the BID renewal in 2014.
David is currently the Strategic Manager of Craven District Council, one of the two ex-officio local authority positions on the Board. He joined the Board following the BID renewal in 2014.
Geraldine has lived most of her life in Skipton, married to Adrian and Mum to Rachael, Jessica & Jack! She feels passionate about this Town and wants to help keep Skipton vibrant for both the businesses and the community. Geraldine joined the Board in 2015, following a 25 year career in Banking and Finance, and is currently the BID Manager.
Malcolm owns the Rendezvous Hotel on Keighley Road in Skipton, and joined the Board in 2015 as an Associate Member Director.
Stephanie is the Chief Executive for Skipton & Craven Action for Disability (SCAD) and joined the Board in 2018 as a Member Director.
David and his wife, Corinne, launched Being Better, a well-being business in Skipton in October 2017. David joined the Board in 2018 as a Member Director.