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Regeneration in Pontypridd gets a boost - New BID Manager for “Your Pontypridd”

  • By Your Pontypridd
  • 29 Jun, 2017

The Your Pontypridd Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria Pulman MSc as their new BID Manager.

Victoria brings with her expertise spanning regeneration, networking, economic policy and business development

Victoria has been a self-employed Research & Policy Consultant for the past few years working with various consultancies, social enterprises and SME's Your Pontypridd is also delighted to retain James Payne as Project Co-coordinator.

A BID is a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area. The benefits of BIDs, cited by the businesses they represent, are wide-ranging and include, the businesses deciding directly what they want for the area, having a voice in issues affecting the area, increased footfall, improved staff retention, reduced business costs, enhanced marketing and promotion, facilitated networking opportunities with neighbouring businesses and assistance in dealing with the Council, Police and other public bodies

Maggie Hughes, newly elected Chair of Your Pontypridd said: "We are pleased to welcome Victoria on board and retain the services of James Payne. They make a great team and we look forward to new and innovative ways to bring back life to the high street in Pontypridd.

Both Victoria and James bring knowledge and experience from previous roles that will support the promotion of Pontypridd. Myself and the Board are very much looking forward to working with them."

Want to know more?

Contact Victoria on victoria@yourpontypridd.co.uk   and James can be contacted on james@yourpontypridd.co.uk

The Your Pontypridd office number is 01443 244190

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A huge thank you to everyone who voted for the Hope Rescue Charity Shop in our competition for the Pontypridd Business Improvement District ‘Best Dressed Window’ award for Christmas 2017.

The winning display was chosen by voters online on the BID's Facebook page, we received a huge response with the post reaching 20,000 users and over 700 people voted, eight businesses in the Business Improvement District participated. 

AM for Pontypridd Mick Antoniw, who presented the award to our Retail Manager, Katy Scourfield said: “Congratulations to Hope Rescue who managed to fend off some fierce completion to win the public vote. Hope Rescue is doing important work by rehoming dogs and promoting responsible dog ownership and I’m delighted to present them with this well-deserved award.”

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