Amanda Phillips, Centre Manager for The Moor, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID). Amanda succeeds Suzy Brain England who served in the role since 2016.
As Chairperson, Ms Phillips will work with the Board and management team to serve the interests of the city centre community. Sheffield BID’s work is funded through a levy collected from eligible businesses within the city centre area. The BID was formed through a ballot of businesses in 2015 and since then has invested more than £4m into projects designed to make the city centre safer, cleaner and a more attractive and vibrant place to be.
“Sheffield, like all towns and cities, is going through a once in a lifetime challenge with COVID-19. All businesses and organisations across the city centre, shoppers, workers, visitors alike are facing substantial hurdles. The BID continues to support our city centre community, keeping it safer, cleaner and providing a much-needed point of contact for businesses,” said Ms Phillips.
“Against this background, I am thrilled to be taking on this responsibility. We have a vital role to play in supporting our city’s rejuvenation from the pandemic. My experience of leading the Moor’s growth brings a variety of lessons that I hope to share across the wider city centre.”
Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID Manager, said, “I am delighted to have Amanda as our Chair. We have a big agenda over the coming months where her enthusiasm, skill and experience will be a huge asset. Our work in the city centre over the last five years has focused on the priorities our Levy Payers give us and we are delighted that their feedback continues to be strong and supportive. Whether keeping the street scene clean and safe, bringing new activities to the city, or enhancing existing world-class events. Over the coming months, our work to support the community through the COVID-19 pandemic will continue.
“In the coming weeks we will start to lead the conversation with the city centre community around the future of the BID as we come to the end of our tenure next March. The city and its stakeholders will need to take a hard look at our record and our exciting future plans. I know Amanda will be a great Chair for us through this period and will help us to deliver a thriving and successful city centre and a destination of which we are all truly proud.”
Notes to editors
Amanda Phillips works for Jones Lang LaSalle on behalf of Aberdeen Standard Investments who have invested over £125m in regenerating The Moor.
Sheffield BID is a private, not-for-profit company which is responsible for delivery of the city centre’s Business Improvement District (BID).
The BID (one of 320+ in the UK) is a business-led partnership created through a ballot process to deliver additional services to local businesses and improvements to the trading and physical environment. Improvements may include, but are not limited to, extra safety/security, cleansing and environmental issues.
The BID’s defined area is the city centre. It is a five-year project (2015-2020) which generates approximately £800,000 of additional investment each year (a total of £4.2m). This investment is collected through a levy paid by 500+ city centre businesses.
The BID’s remit was determined, and is now controlled, by the businesses involved.