Sep 2016 to November 2016 and June 2017 to present
Commissioned by Pendle Borough Council to investigate the feasibility of a Business Improvement District (BID) for the market town of Colne in East Lancashire.
Work is currently underway to consult local businesses and key stakeholders on the development of a BID propsoal for Colne..
Mar 2015 – Aug 2016
Appointed by Barrow BID Steering Group in March 2015 to develop a Business Improvment District for Barrow town centre. In April 2016 businesses in Barrow voted by a majority of 77% in favour of establishing a Business Improvement District (BID) for the town centre.
Worked with businesses to set up the BID Company as a company limited by guarantee ready to commence on 1 September 2016.
Sep 2014 – Jul 2016
In March 2015 commissioned to work with local businesses in Stockton-on-Tees to develop a proposal for a Business Improvement District in the town centre. This work took a little over 12 months to complete and involved extensive consultations with local businesses, giving them adequate time to learn more about BIDs and be well-placed to make an informed decision about the suitability of a BID for their town centre.
In May 2016 business ratepayers in Stockton-on-Tees voted by almost 2 to 1 (64% by number and 71% by aggregate rateable value) in favour of establishing a Business Improvement District (BID) for the town centre.
During this project Kolek Consulting Ltd worked with over 400 business owners, landlords, senior partners and managers to identify their priorities and prepare a business proposal with a clear vision, objectives and set of projects and activities.
North Copeland Coastal Community Team - Economic Plan
Nov 2015 – Jan 2016
Maryport Town Council Strategy
Jun 2014 – Mar 2015
Consultations including a questionnaire survey, drop-in days, focus groups and public meetings have all been completed. The findings were presented to Council at their meeting on 9 February 2015 and the strategy was prepared in March 2015.
Feb 2014 – Mar 2015
In March 2015 business ratepayers in Ulverston, Cumbria voted by a clear majority (70% by number, 82% by aggregate rateable value) to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) for the WHOLE town.
My role was helping local businesses through the stages of BID feasibility, planning, consultations, the vote YES campaign and the establishment of the Ulverston BID.
South Lakeland Economic Growth Strategy
Nov 2013 – Apr 2014
The strategy – which was developed in parallel with the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) own Strategic Economic Plan - means South Lakeland District Council is now well placed to deliver on the strategy’s key objectives, including a commitment to enable 1,000 new jobs and 1,000 new affordable homes for the district.
SLDC’s Strategy for Economic Growth commits to working with the LEP to create the right conditions for business development and achieving the LEP strategy’s four investment priorities:
· Building on advanced manufacturing growth
· Developing a vibrant rural and visitor economy
· Ensuring strategic connectivity of the M6 corridor
· Supporting nuclear and energy excellence
Through this Strategy for Economic Growth, SLDC is now able to state its commitment to working with employers, partners and investors to deliver high quality jobs, development and economic growth and promoting training opportunities in South Lakeland.
Cumbria Infrastructure Fund (Growing Places Initiative)
Oct 2013 – Apr 2014
Aug 2012 – May 2014
Kendal BID proposal 'Kendal's Better Together' secured resounding 72% vote in favour, 217 of the 301 businesses voting, representing 68% of aggregate Rateable Value. The proposal set out 4 clear priorities (4 Cs) to deliver a more Confident Kendal, a Cleaner Kendal, a Convenient Kendal and a Competitive Kendal. It will start on 1 March 2014.
Cumbria Rural Growth Network
Jan 2013 – Apr 2013
The Rural Growth Network is part of the £165 million programme of measures the Government is delivering to grow business and create new job prospects in rural areas.
Five areas have been chosen to deliver Rural Growth Networks: Wiltshire, Cumbria, Somerset and Devon, Durham and Northumberland, and Warwickshire.
Oct 2011 to Nov 2012 and June to July 2016
More recently in June and July 2016 commissioned jointly by the BID Management Board and local authority to prepare a Mid-Term Review of the performance of the BID in Penrith and, in the process, consulting 50 local levy-paying businesses to inform the preparation of an advisory report with recommendations.