Penrith BID board has nine members, from a cross-section of businesses and including representatives of Eden District Council.
Interim Chair Dan Harding
Dan is director of both Angel Lane Chippie and Foundry 34 restaurant. As well as being a high fryer (Dan has held the national Young Fish Fryer of the Year title), he’s also a young high flyer, running both businesses . Dan is passionate about Penrith and was a central figure on the committee that made the first-ever Eden Food & Farming Festival a success this summer.
“I joined the board as I thought I could make a valued contribution to the town through the BID, and I also wanted to voice my opinion, to ensure the BID’s money is well spent.”
As a chartered accountant and partner in Armstrong Watson, working from the firm’s Penrith office, I act for owner-managed and family-run businesses across a wide range of industries.
I was part of the steering group that established the business improvement district in Penrith, and I believe the BID will provide the funding and resources for the town to fully develop the considerable skills already in place and ensure that service delivery is efficient and profitable for all.
Sarah Graham runs Arragons Cycles in Penrith, with her husband Phil. They’re the second generation of cycle retailers in the family, having bought the business from Sarah’s dad in 2003. Sarah feels she has a strong stake in Penrith as a market town, with members of her family running businesses here for many years – from greengrocers to sports shops, newsagents and toy shops.
“We love where we live, we love what we do and I felt it important to be part of the BID in order to secure the future not only of independent businesses such as ours, but also promoting our beautiful town and everything it has to offer.
“It's no good just sitting complaining about things. My ethos has always been if you want something done, be a part of it with enthusiasm... because that’s more infectious than being negative!”
Councillor David Whipp
David is a councillor and Chair for the Penrith Town Council and was elected to the post in May 2015. Previously David as part of the Conservative Party was the councillor for Penrith North Ward from May 2011, he was the council’s portfolio holder for organisation and external relations, which included liaising with the business community in Eden’s four main market towns.
As well as representing the area as a councillor, David also brings to the BID board his experience and perspective as a business owner in Penrith. He is managing director of DJKS Developments Ltd, which includes Star Fruits in Angel Lane, Penrith.
David is a director of Penrith Partnership and a member of Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce.
Jacqui is chief officer for Eden Mencap Society in Penrith, a charity supporting vulnerable children and adults in the community. A specialist in rural mental health and learning disability, she has led the charity forward though challenging and changing times, developing resilience and financial management, and achieving a lot with very little.
Jacqui had a successful earlier career in catering and hotel management, and built up a vibrant, profitable café and restaurant business in rural Cumbria before starting a family.
“Being part of the BID board allows me to bring another perspective to the table, representing the charities and not-for-profit organisations that are members of the BID. It’s important for us to take pride in Penrith so that we have a nice place to live and work, creating an attractive environment, encouraging visitors to the town and increasing footfall and income for traders who continue to support their local community.”
Heidi attended Ullswater Community College and started work at Dodd & Co in Penrith when she was just 16. Heidi is now a Chartered Accountant and a director at Dodd & Co. The firm employs 120 people over their two sites in Penrith and Carlisle.
Her clients range from dentists, restaurants, vets to various retail and service businesses. Heidi is known for her unrivalled approach to client care, she likes to get to know her clients, find out what their aims and aspirations are – and help them to make it happen.
Heidi commented “Penrith is a fantastic place to live and work and there are wonderful opportunities in employment and business. I’m very passionate about our town and making sure we are put well and truly on the map of being a great place to be.”
Heidi joined the Penrith BID board in November 2014 and is also active in the Chamber of Trade.