Mike Lamont is the Chair of the Board of Directors having been appointed during the first term by the Vision Stockport Board. He is currently the Director for RBS Business and Commercial Banking covering Greater Manchester and operates from the NatWest on Underbank. Mike started his career with NatWest and he has 32 years of experience within the RBS Group and has been a Director of Commercial banking for the past 15 years. He has spent the majority of his time dealing with SME’s with a specific remit to assist their growth plans and supporting their efficiency and Risk profiles. He is ACIB qualified since 1990 and holds internally a Diploma in Credit, International Trade Finance qualifications. Additionally he has Asset Finance, Invoice Finance, Fraud and Health and Safety commercial knowledge. He is a strong advocate of delivering quality customer service and has a passion for developing NPS within businesses.
Mike has extensive skills in Change Management and in particular has strong Leadership skills developed over the past 15 years in senior management roles across the North of England. He sits on the Regional Board and is also chair of the Greater Manchester Commercial Team that has a Balance Sheet in excess of £150m. Working within a large organisation he has strong collaboration and communication competencies and is decisive in his decision making.
Mike is also a Trustee of NK Theatre Arts and sits on their Board of Trustees under Business Development. This is a £300k pa turnover charitable trust with a complicated lease structure with SMBC collaborations. He is also a member of the Stockport Economic Alliance Board that is an Alliance established to develop an effective and productive partnership with Stockport’s economic growth at the heart of its ambitions. I was appointed as an inaugural Stockport Town Centre Ambassador by SMBC with a remit to improve across the 5 strands of delivery – Transformation / Live / Work / Play / Connect.
“I have an absolute passion for ensuring that the BID delivers legacy projects for the Town Centre over my tenure as Chair and the next generation of Stopfordians see the Town Centre as a destination for Living, Working and for recreation and leisure. Stockport has started to see a transformation and long term plans are starting to come to fruition and I want the BID to collaborate with all partners in making this happen for the benefit of all.”
Contact Mike by email at Totally Stockport email@example.com
Tony Jones – BID Director and Managing Director of Orbit Developments
Tony’s experience in dealing with a sense of place and the creation of a destination which are essential to Stockport Town Centre comes from many years of experience in dealing with retailers and comes from his involvement at the Lowry Outlet Mall in Media City which Orbit Developments owned from 2000 for 11 years. During this time Tony was involved day to day with the management team of the scheme which had an annual marketing budget of over £700,000. Since then Tony has also been involved in the day to day management of the overall commercial portfolio of Orbit Developments which has a value of £1.019bn the portfolio is currently 91% let. The portfolio includes Middlebrook Retail and Business park in Bolton the largest retail park in the UK. The scheme includes leisure users such as a cinema, bowling, restaurants, cafes and drive-thru operators as well as ASDA, M&S and a new NEXT store.
Orbit’s Stockport commercial portfolio has been a significant part of the business for over 40 years and for the last 5 years Orbit have been pleased to see Stockport change and grow with new businesses also coming into the Town Centre within our portfolio such as Payzone who continue to expand.
Stockport has considerable potential that’s why Tony Jones initially worked with Vision Stockport to formulate a strategy for a BID within the Town Centre. In 2017 Tony Joined the BID Board after a positive campaign to obtain a YES vote for a BID.
Orbit’s support of initiatives prior to the BID within the Town Centre and wider area of Stockport include:
Outside of the Orbit and Emerson companies, Tony Jones is also a Director of the Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust, a not-for-profit business and the operators of the Bolton Arena.
Stuart Broadbelt, BID Director and McDonald’s Franchisee
Stuart is a McDonald’s Franchisee who owns stores in Merseyway and Reddish in Stockport. Whilst Stuart has the backing of a successful global brand, he is an individual business owner, directly employing in excess of 160 local residents and importantly he is a BID Levy Payer.
Stuart has just entered year two of a twenty year Franchisee Agreement so he is fully committed to the success of Stockport. Stuart’s ambition is to help create a vibrant, accessible and safe town so that Stockport is the first destination to shop, relax and work.
Prior to becoming a McDonald’s Franchisee, Stuart worked for a number of large corporate organisations. His career began as a Buyer for a Multi-National Utility Company. He progressed to lead their IT Procurement teams across Europe. Stuart’s last role before becoming self-employed was Operations Director for a Global IT Services Company. Stuart has a wealth of procurement, operations and general management experience and is a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.
Veronica Robinson – BID Director and Director of Robinsons Brewery
Veronica is a member of the Stockport BID board, a Director of Stockport based and family owned Robinsons Brewery and is responsible for Learning and Development
“My family have been brewing beer in Stockport town centre for 180 years through six generations. We are a major employer in Stockport, in 2012 we invested in the town centre, by installing a new state of the art brewery, which has a worldwide reputation for real ale. Our Visitor’s Centre and tours attract visitors to Stockport from not just the UK but further afield”.
“I want to see Stockport thrive, through our family business, I want to play my part to ensure that future generations can also be proud of their town centre”.
“Being designated a Business Improvement District provides the perfect opportunity to support the businesses here and create a vibrant and sustainable community to attract more businesses, visitors and residents in the future.”
Karen Barker, Partner Employment at SAS Daniels LLP
Karen Barker is a Partner and joint Head of the Employment and HR team at SAS Daniels LLP. Karen has extensive experience with working with a wide range of SME’s across the North West in both a contentious and non-contentious capacity. Karen has a strong reputation for giving pragmatic advice in a straight forward down to earth manner and providing creative solutions for her clients.
Prior to coming into the law Karen also worked in a number of different industries and she has therefore developed a sound business acumen over many years in addition to this being qualified in both law and HR gives Karen a unique set of skills and a wide perspective.
Karen is born and bred in Stockport and is passionate about helping it thrive, making a place where its residents want to live, visit and be proud of.
Alan Gent – Petersgate Tap
Currently the co-owner of the award winning pub, the Petersgate Tap, Alan brings 26 years of commercial experience via his career with Shell UK Oil. Starting in computer operations, he moved into finance, running the UK accounts payable division. This was followed by spells as Operations Manager in the Fuel Cards division, contract management and finally as a project manager.
Alan sees the number of empty retail units as the biggest challenge in revitalising Stockport and creating a strong neighbourhood “vibe”.
“Like many towns in the north, Stockport has been starved of central government funding. The BID has a good opportunity to acquire money via levy payers, but faces huge challenges in re-channeling that money into projects that will do the most for the town. As a business owner, I already have a stake in Stockport and look forward to helping to develop the towns’ future prospects.”