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New Harrogate BID manager gearing up for May start date

New Harrogate BID (Business Improvement District) Manager Matthew Chapman is aiming to make Harrogate a "must-visit destination" ahead of starting his new position on Saturday 1st May. Matthew's first role with a BID came in 2016 when he was appointed as Leeds BID operations manager and in November 2019, he was appointed Huddersfield’s BID manager. In his current role, he has led on the organisation’s four key aims to increase footfall in the town including introducing a dedicated town centre app, interactive trails, a street art project and a new destination website. Harrogate BID Chair Sara Ferguson said:

"Matthew was the standout candidate in our recent recruitment drive for a new manager. He brings with him experience of working with two major Yorkshire BIDs. "We are very much looking forward to working with Matthew as Harrogate comes back to life from COVID-19 lockdown number three. He has some fantastic ideas for promoting Harrogate as a must-visit destination."
Sara added:
“I’d also like to say a big thank you to Simon Kent, who stood in as our interim manager at the start of the first COVID-19 lockdown a year ago. He has done a great job in promoting the town and supporting the businesses within it, and we are incredibly grateful to him for all he has done.”
Matthew Chapman, Harrogate BID’s new manager, said:
“Harrogate is a fantastic town with so much to offer, and coming here as a regular visitor since my childhood, I know it well. “Thanks to my roles with both Leeds BID and Huddersfield BID, I’ve gained a great deal of experience working with businesses, councils, tourism bodies and the police. Building teams and working with wider teams is a core strength of mine. ”I’m really looking forward to starting my new job helping to promote Harrogate as a wonderful destination to shop, eat and drink, and to ensure the town centre is clean, safe and welcoming to all.”
Further information about Harrogate BID can be found at: http://harrogatebid.co.uk/ Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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