Durham Bid recruiting new boss

Former Durham Bid manager Sonali Craddock

Former Durham Bid manager Sonali Craddock

First published in News

A NEW manager is being sought for Durham’s Business Improvement District (Bid).

Sonali Craddock led the Bid from March last year, shortly after it was set up.

Last month, Bid director Melanie Sensicle would say only Ms Craddock was “not at work at the moment”; but an advertisement has now been posted for a successor.

The job brings a salary of up to £40,000 a year, including a £5,000 performance bonus, and the deadline for applications is Friday, July 4.

The Bid was set up to boost business in the city centre.

Its board recently appointed a new chairman, former Lindisfarne Gospels director Keith Bartlett, to succeed Prince Bishops shopping centre manager Richard Toynbee, who had led the campaign to establish the initiative.

Businesses in the Bid area are charged 1.5 per cent of their rateable value, with the money raised – approximately £1.6m over five years – spent on schemes to bring more people into the city and put more cash in the tills.

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7:03pm Mon 23 Jun 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

What a complete and utter waste of time and other peoples money. It's a scam - pure and simple. Akin to racketeering by the mob!
What a complete and utter waste of time and other peoples money. It's a scam - pure and simple. Akin to racketeering by the mob! thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
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7:11pm Mon 23 Jun 14

stevegg says...

'The job brings a salary of up to £40,000 a year, including a £5,000 performance bonus' - anything with the title manager and involved with the council (I know the bid isnt taxpayer funded, but its a levy on town business that almost 50% were forced to sign up to) is a licence to pay extravagant salaries. The 4 orange 'rangers' are being paid over £20k a year as well, so theres £125k go before anything else gets spent.
'The job brings a salary of up to £40,000 a year, including a £5,000 performance bonus' - anything with the title manager and involved with the council (I know the bid isnt taxpayer funded, but its a levy on town business that almost 50% were forced to sign up to) is a licence to pay extravagant salaries. The 4 orange 'rangers' are being paid over £20k a year as well, so theres £125k go before anything else gets spent. stevegg
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7:53pm Mon 23 Jun 14

exBIDAmbassador says...

Actually the 'rangers' are called ambassadors and despite earning half of what you claim they earn, work incredibly hard and truly care about the city. They don't even wear orange?
Actually the 'rangers' are called ambassadors and despite earning half of what you claim they earn, work incredibly hard and truly care about the city. They don't even wear orange? exBIDAmbassador
  • Score: 4

8:41pm Mon 23 Jun 14

behonest says...

Just advertised and the deadline for applications is the end of next week?

Sounds like an inside job...
Just advertised and the deadline for applications is the end of next week? Sounds like an inside job... behonest
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8:46pm Mon 23 Jun 14

bambara says...

stevegg wrote:
'The job brings a salary of up to £40,000 a year, including a £5,000 performance bonus' - anything with the title manager and involved with the council (I know the bid isnt taxpayer funded, but its a levy on town business that almost 50% were forced to sign up to) is a licence to pay extravagant salaries. The 4 orange 'rangers' are being paid over £20k a year as well, so theres £125k go before anything else gets spent.
So over 50% voted for it then.
>50% = a majority.
The for's have it.
[quote][p][bold]stevegg[/bold] wrote: 'The job brings a salary of up to £40,000 a year, including a £5,000 performance bonus' - anything with the title manager and involved with the council (I know the bid isnt taxpayer funded, but its a levy on town business that almost 50% were forced to sign up to) is a licence to pay extravagant salaries. The 4 orange 'rangers' are being paid over £20k a year as well, so theres £125k go before anything else gets spent.[/p][/quote]So over 50% voted for it then. >50% = a majority. The for's have it. bambara
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