BID4Oban ap­points chief to guide it through elec­tion

The Oban Times - - News - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­

COM­MU­NITY in­ter­est com­pany BID4Oban has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of a new chief ex­ec­u­tive to steer the or­gan­i­sa­tion through its sec­ond term.

An­drew Spence, for­merly the man­ager of Oban’s Home­base store, is to take up the ap­point­ment later this month.

Graeme Bass, chair­man of the BID4Oban com­pany, said: ‘Fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Derek Con­nery as chief ex­ec­u­tive, BID4Oban Lim­ited is de­lighted to an­nounce that An­drew Spence has been ap­pointed to as­sume th­ese re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

‘Mr Spence has long been an en­thu­si­as­tic and com­mit­ted sup­porter of the town’s business com­mu­nity in gen­eral and of BID4Oban Lim­ited in par­tic­u­lar.

‘He was in­volved in the orig­i­nal steer­ing group which paved the way for the Business Im­prove­ment Dis­trict to be es­tab­lished and, in ad­di­tion to his role as man­ager at the Home­base store in Oban, served with dis­tinc­tion as chair­man of the board of vol­un­teer di­rec­tors.

‘ While we are very sorry to see Derek Con­nery leave the post – and he goes with our sin­cere thanks and good wishes for his new ven­ture – we are de­lighted to have se­cured the ser­vices of an in­di­vid­ual of Andy’s cal­i­bre.

‘We very much look for­ward to his in­put and guid­ance on a suc­cess­ful sec­ond bal­lot for BID4Oban Lim­ited.’

BID4Oban was a com­pany formed in Novem­ber 2012 with a large man­date from busi­nesses to in­vest £ 840,000 from a business levy into the town’s fu­ture.

The ten­ure of the BID com­pany was for five years and a re- elec­tion bal­lot is due to take place to­wards the end of the year.

Derek Con­nery is step­ping down from BID4Oban.

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