he board of Coventry’s Business Improvement District (BID) is set to benefit from a whole new wealth of business experience as a new chair takes over the reins from McDonald’s franchisee John Kiely. Lower Precinct Shopping Centre Manager Nicola Cormell takes a step up from her previous position as BID vice chair, with JD Gyms’ Steve Warner moving into the second-in-command role.

The Board’s role is to manage finances and service delivery, reporting back regularly to Coventry City Council to ensure viability. As the BID expands its membership with new recruits including IKEA’s Birgit Hartelius, KBN Reptiles’ Katie Hodgkins and Lisa Myatt from Santander, Cormell is full of enthusiasm for the challenges ahead.

“I am very excited about my new role as chair of Coventry Business Improvement District’s Board. We have a fantastic city centre with hundreds of bars and restaurants making Coventry a fantastic place to work and visit,” she said.

“There couldn’t be a more exciting time to take over the BID Board with a number of developments going ahead or planned in the future, as well as a whole host of events coming up throughout the year. Coventry is a wonderful city and the BID will be doing all it can to push it forward throughout 2017.”

Coventry BID Manager Trish Willetts added: “I am thrilled that Nicola has taken over as chair of the Board and brings so much experience to the role. Not only that, we are extremely pleased that Birgit, Katie and Lisa have swelled the ranks of the Board as well. A very warm welcome to them all and here’s to us all working together in 2017 to drive Coventry city centre forward and give the best to all the businesses and visitors.”