Dorking Town Partnership is run by a Board of local businesses. The Board will guide the BID development process.
At the General Meeting on 10th January 2018 members will be voting on the following seats; 3 Independent retailers, 3 Multiple retailers, 2 Office representatives, 2 Leisure & tourism representatives, 2 Night-time economy representatives, 1 Resident observer and 1 Police observer. See below for the applicants.
If you are below the rateable value threshold and wish to be part of the BID, please download and complete the form indicating your chosen contribution.
I run my family Business S C Fullers on South Street Dorking which is the oldest family owned Independent retailer having been established in 1892.
I have worked here for 37 years and as a result have great experience in responding to the ever-changing retail environment, tenacity is key! I have excellent negotiating and communication skills and work best as part of a team. I have been an integral part of the BID tender process as Chairman and so offer consistency as well as a clear vision for the BID in Dorking and its future.
Bullimores have offered to prepare the company management accounts. It is important to have a treasurer on the board and I believe that I am best placed to help with financial decisions.
Apart from running our shop on West Street I have also successfully traded online for over 10 years and have been heavily involved in online marketing, SEO, and using social media to gain competitive advantage. My business regularly draws customers into Dorking from much further afield for sales, courses and workshops. I have written 4 books and have also designed various ranges that we sell wholesale to other businesses both in the UK and for export abroad.
My original background is in digital design and visual corporate branding for Events and Outside Broadcasts. I have had a lot of experience in marketing and social media and in particular I am very experienced with selling and marketing online.
I like to think I am forward thinking. I can definitely see the bigger picture and feel I have creative flair and can see a vision for rebranding Dorking and moving it - as a brand- into the future. I also have a specific idea for a brand new market and for drawing in business and interest from further afield.
I left school as fifteen and started a panel beating apprenticeship. I spent 10 years in the motor industry. In the 90’s the industry went deeply into rescession and I retrained as a sound recordist and spent 10 year as a freelance sound man working on documentaries and TV programs.
I moved out of the TV industry and went to work in my family businesses (Le Papillon fashion and their property business) I worked for them for seven years. My wife and I opened our first retail business in Weybridge and our second shop in Dorking which we ran for six years.
Because of the present economic climate we decided to close both shops and open a cafe in Dorking (Musette Cycling Caffe) which we opened march 2017. I also have my own brand of ladies Cycling clothing (Cianelo.co.uk).
I am interested in joining the BID Board. Skills and experience I might bring to the Board:
I am a 46-year-old Restaurateur, Father of two incredible daughters, very keen long-distance runner (I run in memory of my late Father and the British Parkinson’s trust) I have a passion in restoring vintage cars / motorcycles.
My professional background is; I trained at the Savoy in London and moved on to be the youngest Head Chef in Claridge’s history at 29-year-old. I’ve travelled the world cooking and setting up business in the USA, Asia and the Middle East. Having worked for the FCO for three years in Afghanistan, I believe I am well equipped to deal with the most challenging situations and negotiate the best possible deals.
I have set and run some of the largest catering logistical business in the world and had the pleasure of launching the largest commercial airliner in the world (A380) I trained over 800 catering staff in over 30 countries for the global launch of this aircraft. I believe I bring a world of knowledge to the bid team and can use my many years of knowledge and experience to the benefit of the overall team.
I would like to be part of the BID board meeting once every month. I believe the experience which I have gained in the management position with Pizza Express would help me to bring some constructive ideas for taking the business forward. Also I live in Dorking which helps in terms of how the local businesses affect me as an individual and Pizza Express including other similar high street businesses. I would bring best practices to the table and share them with other members of the board.
I am delighted to have been appointed Dorking BID Manager. I am passionate about Business Improvement Districts as a business model as I feel they can deliver an enormous amount for town rejuvenation and the community, directly responding to the needs of the businesses. I have a proven track record of delivering successful projects driving footfall and increasing visibility.
I also bring a depth of customer service experience having worked in Retail Management for many years, so understand the challenges and concerns facing todays retailers. I am excited to be responsible for delivering the business plan, promoting Dorking as the Heart of the Surrey Hills and hope that by working together we can achieve it and more!