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Newbury BID

What is Newbury BID?

Our work includes:

Marketing Newbury to the widest possible audience via a structured and professional marketing strategy Developing links between organisations to plan activities and events that will be of benefit to visitors, members and our various partners. Encouraging dialogue between members, the visiting public and other interested partners to enhance and promote the town centre.

Newbury Bid Area

Roads/Street within the BID area:
The Arcade, Bartholomew Street (to Black boys Bridge), Old Bath Road, Bolton Place, Bridge Street, The Broadway, Cheap Street, Highfield Avenue, Inches Yard, Kennet Road, London Road, Pelican Lane, Mansion House Street, Market Street, Market Place, Park Street, Northbrook Court, Northbrook Place, Northbrook Street, Canal Walk, Toomers Wharf, Northcroft Lane, Oxford Street, The Pentangle, Station Approach, Strawberry Hill, Weavers Walk, West Mills, West Street, Wharf Road, The Wharf.

BID Board
Scott Waters - Chairman

Scott has worked for David Clulow for almost twenty years, with nearly half of that time in Newbury. Having risen through the ranks from a technician he is now a store director.

Customer service is a passion for Scott and his team. Living in the area surrounding Newbury since childhood Scott is very proud to be part of the BID board and is looking forward to working as part of the team.

Phil Gray - Vice Chair

Philip is a Partner at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors. He has lived & practiced in the Newbury Area for over 15 years and has experience of all areas of non-contentious commercial property work. He has worked extensively both within West Berkshire and nationally for landlords and tenants on all leasehold matters, purchasing and selling business property and advising on the property elements of corporate acquisitions and disposals.

Philip also takes a keen interest in the Newbury Community and until recently was Chairman of Newbury Round Table which puts on the “Crafty Craft” race every year and raises money for West Berkshire focused causes.

Ross Drake

Ross is the owner and franchisee of the McDonald's restaurant on Northbrook Street in Newbury town centre.

Prior to setting up this business he worked in senior Marketing and General Management roles for a range of large blue chip companies including Mars, Coca-Cola and Royal Mail.

Ross is passionate about the BID and its work to make Newbury more successful. Local businesses working together will have a much bigger impact than any single business could ever achieve and by making Newbury more successful we will help our own businesses to be more successful.

Outside of work his is a big Rugby Union fan, although sadly no longer playing he will often be found watching local clubs as well as cheering on England and the Lions.

Robert Boobyer

Rob Boobyer is Head of Marketing at Newbury Racecourse. He joined the Racecourse in 2013, during a period of significant change, with the on-going housing development, the opening of the new Rocking Horse Nursery and The Lodge hotel, as well as the continued growth of raceday attendances.

He has worked in the sport, leisure and tourism sector for the past 20 years. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the BID and as a voluntary contributor, the Racecourse is fully supportive of the town and initiatives to improve it and the wider West Berkshire area.

Graeme Leech

Over 25 years in property management and property lettings led me to establish Regent Lettings where we pride ourselves on helping clients and customers - rather than landlords and tenants.

We offer a complete service for renting out your home, for finding a home to rent and provide property investment advice. I lead a fantastic team who really do care and have helped Regent Lettings become the foremost independent specialist lettings agency in Newbury, West Berkshire.

Chris Davies

Chris Davies is a Director of Ross Brooke, Chartered Accountants in Old Bath Road. Chris has worked in Newbury for over 20 years and during that time has helped many local businesses in the town from start-ups to larger established businesses. Chris takes an active interest in the success of local business and can be seen most days in the town catching up with local retailers and professional contacts.

He is keen to see Newbury thrive and was delighted to be given the chance to help local businesses and the community when offered the opportunity to join the BID board.

Jean Ince

As co-owner of Artifax the Picture Framers Jean has had a retail gallery in Bartholomew Newbury since the year 2000 and an on line mirrors business, www.artifaxmirrors.co.uk for the last 5 years.

Jean is the only Fine Art Trade Guild Commended Framer who is also an Accredited Picture Framing Trainer and Examiner in the Berkshire Area.

Prior to that she had a career in H.R., where latterly she worked as HR and Communications Director for Sovereign Housing Association and 12 years prior to that as National Distribution HR Manager for Woolworths. Jean is particularly interested in art and spends her leisure time painting.

Alison Bird

Matt Garvey

Matt Garvey is Managing Director of West Berkshire Training Consortium which is based on Cheap Street in Newbury. WBTC specialise in recruiting and training apprentices for local businesses and the charity has served West Berkshire since 1983.

Matt first started working in Newbury in October 2000 and has built relationships with many local businesses who take on and train apprentices. He believes that Newbury BID can help build a vibrant business community to enrich the town, it’s residents and visitors.

Phil Opie

I have a career in banking with over 28 years’ experience in the variety of roles. These roles have led me to develop strong interpersonal skills and I am able to listen and generate opinions for a range of situations.

I have spent the majority of my career within Surrey, Hampshire and West Berkshire and have built up a significant network of businesses and professional clients and contacts. Having launched Metro Bank in Newbury in November 2015 I have grown my local contacts and feel I have a key role to play within the community as part of the BID board.

Lindsey Finch

Lindsey is the Deputy Commander for the West Berks Police area and has been based at Newbury Police Station since April 2011. She has been in the Police for over 20 years working in many different towns such as High Wycombe, Marlow, Slough, Wokingham and Reading. This has provided a wealth of experience in all aspects of policing – including issues relating to the night time economy, community safety and crime prevention.

She has lived in the West Berkshire area for many years and welcomes the opportunity to work with others to continue to make Newbury a town that is safe, vibrant and welcoming both to residents, workers and visitors.

Andy Murrill

Andy Murrill is the editor of the Newbury Weekly News and newburytoday.co.uk. He was previously editor of the Reading Post for more than 15 years and his newspapers won several national awards during that time. He was a founding director of Reading UK CIC, the town’s economic development company, and helped establish the Reading Business Improvement District in 2005, the first successful BID vote outside London.

He was also asked by the borough council to chair the Reading 2012 Partnership Board which coordinated all Olympic and Jubilee celebrations in the town. Andy is committed to supporting local communities and businesses and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Andy Day

Andy started work with Gosport Borough Council in 1977 as a Junior Clerk and left in 2001 having carried out a number of roles, the last being Head of Committee Services. This work involved managing the democratic processes in place at that time, corporate property and civic events. At the end of his career at Gosport Andy was also responsible for managing the campaign to save the last remaining military hospital in England, Haslar Hospital, from closure. This work resulted in a number of very high profile events, providing evidence to the Defence Select Committee and harnessing the support of all local authorities in the surrounding area.

Andy joined West Berkshire Council in July 2001 as Policy Manager in order to expand his experience across a wide range of areas and was promoted to Head of Policy and Communication (now Head of Strategic Support) in 2008. Andy is now responsible for a number of corporate functions such as Democratic and Electoral Services, Land Charges, Performance, Research and Consultation, Safer Communities, Public Relations, Graphics and Web Development, Emergency Planning and Policy and Scrutiny. Andy is a qualified Chartered Secretary and has a Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Hugh Peacocke

Hugh is the Chief Executive officer of Newbury Town Council. He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, including town improvement, regeneration and development. Hugh is working with the BID so that together the Town Council and the BID can combine resources to promote the business and community life of Newbury.

Responsibilities of The Directors and Board members
Director Responsibilities
Board Member Responsibilities
Directors and Board Members

BID Team

Discover more about the BID Team working with the Business Improvement District members to help manage the Town Centre. Now in term our second term the team have a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Jayne Hammond - Street Ranger

Jayne joined the BID in November 2015 as the second (part-time) Street Ranger. Jayne worked in retail whilst raising four children. More recently, one of her daughters was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, requiring much time and attention from Jayne, who then threw herself into charity work and fund-raising. Jayne then enjoyed working outdoors for ISS at Henwick Playing Fields, and furthering her skills. She returned to retail in 2015 working at Wickes, where she helped to open the new store, and enjoyed meeting and greeting new customers. Whilst in this role she took the opportunity to get involved with local trade and charities, which fuelled her desire to be more involved with the town.

On discovering the Street Ranger role, and wanting to work outdoors again, she was very excited to join the BID, meeting new people and using the combined skills she has acquired to date. She is interested in the future of Newbury and passionate about directly helping to continue to make it a clean, attractive town, with as little anti-social behavior as possible.

The Street Rangers key objectives are:
    - To be the Town Centre Concierge
  • - To ensure that visitors to Newbury Town Centre receive quick and efficient advice and service.
  • - To ensure that our customers receive a quick and efficient service.
  • - Ensure our investors and partners are informed of relevant developments regarding the BID Company operations.
  • - To assist the company in achieving its ambitions.
  • - Liaise with stakeholders, the local authority, service providers, the community at large, other BID companies and key groups to ensure that Newbury BID communicate effectively.

BID Meetings

Please find below the BID meeting dates. As a BID member if you would like to attend any of the Operations or Christmas meetings please contact the BID office to ensure we can manage numbers.

(All meetings will take place at Broadway House,10:30 start, unless stated otherwise)

April 2019

15.04.19 - Operations Meeting - Town Walk

18.04.19 - Board Meeting

July 2019

09.07.19 - Operations Meeting - Town Walk

11.07.19 - Board Meeting

October 2019

15.10.19 - Operations Meeting - Town Walk

17.10.19 - Board Meeting


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