It follows the completion of the Town Centre Masterplan by Harrogate Borough Council in 2016, which set out strategies for the future of the town. It is not yet clear how or even if any of its recommendations will be realised, but Harrogate District Chamber is seeking to find out what improvements local businesses would like to see and how they might be funded.
The chamber has invited speakers from other towns and cities to talk about how they have accessed funds and carried out work to benefit their business communities.
Mike Procter, who leads the chamber's town centre focus group and has organised the meeting, said: "Businesses have come together to great effect around the UK, funding all sorts of projects that benefit the business community.
"I have invited speakers who have experience in setting up and running these groups to tell us how they’ve worked and of the benefits they’ve achieved.”
The three speakers are:
John Bywater - Chairman of Leeds BID at its launch. His career included roles at Leeds City Development, Burton Group (Arcadia), Burton Property Trust, Donaldsons Chartered Surveyors and Hammerson (UK) Properties, the latter covering retail developments such as West Quay Southampton, The Oracle Reading and The Bull Ring Birmingham, all of which won UK and international awards. Following retirement he sits on a number of boards including; Canal and River Trust, Low Carbon Workplace Ltd, Realis Estates, Opera North.
Andrew Mear - Chairman of Skipton BID. Andrew is a retail and commercial property manager and is the managing director of Eagerlux Ltd, a property management and investment company with various properties in Skipton.
Andrew Cooper - CEO Leeds BID. 2011-2015 CEO of Bath BID, 2003-2008 Town Centre Manager of Stratford-upon-Avon. Previous roles in retail logistics and supply chain management
The open meeting will be held at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, on Monday, January 9. Networking begins at 5.30pm, with the discussion starting at 6.15pm.
Attendance is free for members and first-time visitors, but places need to be booked in advance via the home page or by emailing us. Any repeat visitors can attend for £15 per person.