Projects

Colne BID

Sep 2016 to November 2016 and June 2017 to present

Project description

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..

Barrow BID

Mar 2015 – Aug 2016

Project description
Initially commissioned to conduct a feasibility study for the creation of a Business Improvement District (BID) for Barrow-in-Furness in March 2014. Study involved gauging the opinions and the attitudes of business ratepayers towards the idea of a BID for Barrow in Furness, as well as investigating the financial and technical feasibility of a BID.

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.

Stockton BID

Sep 2014 – Jul 2016

Project description
Initially commissioned by Stockton Town Team (a Portas Pilot town) to deliver a BID feasibility study. This was completed to schedule in December 2014.

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

Project description
To lead consultations and work closely with the North Copeland Coastal Community Team (CCT) to prepare an Economic Plan for the North Copeland Coastal area in West Cumbria. The preparation of the Plan focused on local priorities set within a wider strategic context. Key elements of the Plan included: enhancing the attractiveness and accessibility of local areas; connecting routes between communities along the coast; improving community services and facilities; developing the visitor economy; encouraging sustainable uses of heritage / cultural assets;, and supporting activities that promote vibrant towns and villages.

Maryport Town Council Strategy

Jun 2014 – Mar 2015

Project description
Delivered a national lottery-funded project to engage the community in developing a new strategy for Maryport Town Council in West Cumbria.

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.

Ulverston BID

Feb 2014 – Mar 2015

Project description
Appointed in February 2014 on a 12 months contract to develop the proposal for an Ulverston BID.
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

Project description
Researched, prepared and authored a key strategy document to support economic growth in South Lakeland District in Cumbria. Members of South Lakeland District Council’s Cabinet voted to approve the ‘Strategy for Economic Growth’ on 9 April, 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

Project description
Project Manager with Cumbria County Council Economic Development team to manage the implementation of Small Business Development Loans (SBDL) as part of a Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) initiative to assist businesses in the county with growth potential. this has primarily focused on the negotiation and completion of loan agreements and securing appropriate forms of loan security such as legal charges on property and debentures over company assets.

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Kendal BID

Aug 2012 – May 2014

Project description
A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led initiative where businesses and organisations, within a defined area, are invited to work together to make decisions and to take action.

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

Project description
Employed by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership as interim programme manager to set up project management systems and draw up and issue contracts for the delivery of the Cumbria Rural Growth Network.

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.

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Penrith BID

Oct 2011 to Nov 2012 and June to July 2016

Project description
Penrith BID is a business-led initiative where local businesses and organisations are invited to come together to collectively agree on the priorities, make decisions and take action. The BID helps by giving businesses and organisations the power to raise funds that can be used for initiatives that improve the trading environment. Massive 81% of businesses voted in favour of the BID Proposal I developed with them.

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.

About Company

Kolek Consulting has been trading as a consultancy specialising in Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) since April 2011, and as a limited company since February 2015. The consultancy is independent of any trade body or association and provides impartial guidance and advice to business partnerships.

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