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Colmore BID welcomes new board members

Hotel manager and transport consultancy director join board to work on business improvement district's new projects

From left: Colmore BID chairman Gary Cardin with board members Alan Bain and Tony Elvin
From left: Colmore BID chairman Gary Cardin with board members Alan Bain and Tony Elvin

Business improvement district Colmore BID has welcomed two new faces to its board.

Tony Elvin, general manager of Hotel du Vin & Bistro, and Alan Bain, business director for transport consultancy Systra, have joined the BID board to lead the outstanding places and safe and sound working groups respectively.

A BID is a precisely defined geographic area in which companies pay an extra levy on their rates to fund additional services such as events and initiatives.

More than 550 businesses contribute to the Colmore BID and have a say in the area's marketing, promotion, public realm, connectivity and safety.

Mr Elvin said: "Having worked in Birmingham for almost five years and spending the last four of those actively involved with the BID through the Colmore Food Festival and various other events, I was absolutely delighted to be invited on to the board.

"I am now very proud to be heading up the outstanding places group with some fantastically committed co-optees from around the district.

"After delivering on such successful BID projects as Church Street Square and Colmore Square, we are aiming to work with local businesses and have a serious impact on the fabric of our surroundings."

Mr Bain added: "I first got involved with Colmore BID as a member of its accessible and connected working group.

"I'm eager to see Birmingham reconnect its transport network, tackling some of the barriers to movement that were created in the post-war era and provide well-designed public spaces that create a focus for the exchange of goods and services but also making space for high quality modes of transport such as Metro and active ones such as walking and cycling.

"I'm looking forward to working with the new West Midlands Mayor's task force established to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, an issue that has had an increasing profile in Birmingham city centre as well as Colmore BID, and working with the relevant authorities to make Birmingham and the BID area a more liveable as well as economically successful place."

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