Fairhill manager appointed chairman of BID

Martin North.  INBT 44-720-CON
Martin North. INBT 44-720-CON

The general manager of Fairhill Shopping Centre has been appointed chairman of Ballymena Business Improvement District.

Martin North assumed the role at the group’s Annual General Meeting earlier this month.

With a wealth of experience in property and retail management, Mr North brings his expertise to the BID which is now in its second year.

On being appointed, Martin North thanked his predecessor, Terry Robb, for “his hard work over the challenging first year and that the BID was now on a sound footing which was a testament to Terry’s hard work and leadership.”

The new chairman’s tenure is for two years and Martin hopes to move the BID forward over this period.

“I’ve been in centre management at Fairhill since 2005; before that I was involved with both Connswater and Forestside shopping centres,” he said.

“I have also worked locally with several organisations for over 10 years which focused on promoting safety and cleanliness of the town and this appointment was a great opportunity to go that bit further.

“I’m delighted to be a part of Northern Ireland’s first ever business improvement district and the possibilities and potential for Ballymena are endless.

“Working with my colleagues on the Board and Alison Moore, BID manager, together we will steer the Board and ultimately the BID to an even better footing.

“We can show, not only the residents of Ballymena and outlying areas, but the rest of Northern Ireland what a great town Ballymena is and what it means to live, shop, work and be a part of a lively and fantastic destination.”

Supporting the appointment were Rockspring UK, landlords of Fairhill who acquired the centre over a year ago.

Alison Moore added: “The BID is very much looking forward to a good second year under Martin’s leadership. By working together in the BID will we achieve what the district has set out to do. Ballymena has all the hallmarks and right ingredients to make it a very successful BID.”