New manager to boost Chichester businesses

Charlotte Wickins
Charlotte Wickins

CITY traders now have a new point of contact at the Chichester BID.

Charlotte Wickins has been unveiled by the business improvement district as its new manager, with her role as the key liaison between businesses, public authorities, contractors, suppliers and the board of directors.

“Getting people into the city centre is the challenge and the high street needs to be convenient as well as current,” she said.

“I believe collaboration between businesses is key to this, which is why the BID is such a positive move for Chichester.

“Just being competitive isn’t enough. Not only do you have to know what your customers want, you have to offer quality and excellence as the new norms.”

The BID said it was delighted to welcome her to the team, saying she would oversee the management of the BID, with responsibility for delivering the core streams of improvement identified for Chichester: environment, safety, promotion and organisation.

City centre partnership chairman Andrew Finnamore said her ‘robust experience’ set her apart from the other candidates.

“We believe she has the initiative and tenacity we need in this role and that she will be a strong member of the team,” he said.

“On behalf of the board, I welcome Charlotte warmly and very much look forward to working with her.”

The BID announced in September it was looking for someone to fill the role, which has an annual salary between £20,000 to £24,000 for 22 hours work per week.

She is working part-time alongside Kim Long, who previously did the role full-time.

Charlotte’s appointment allows Kim to focus on managing the many city centre events and projects.