Date: 15th April 2020
Venue: Virtual via Zoom video conference call
Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the Government restrictions on movement and physical contact, the AGM will now be a virtual event and take place via video conference technology on 15th April at 6.30pm. If you have already registered to attend the AGM, a link to attend via video link will be sent to you via email along with the agenda.
Gabrielle Betley – Store Manager, Sainsburys
Gabrielle is a leader & management expert of a large team in fast moving retail environment, as a store manager at Sainsbury’s, with over 25 years experience in retail & over 20 years in retail management, Gabrielle is an authentic leader & coach in business environment that changes with the markets, that is digitally evolving to meet customers needs, which is the forefront of her business plan.
Gabrielle has also worked for Scottish & Newcastle brewery which is now Heineken, running a national sales force which worked in the big 4 retailers & also in the convenience retail market, working with key brands of Fosters, John Smiths & Strongbow & many other brands under the Heineken umbrella. This gave her the sales management experience that drives her passion for retail & developed her commercial acumen.
Gabrielle is a strategic thinker, with commercial awareness, who moves with pace, coaches & motivates a large team with passion & drive to achieve her business to deliver profit.
Gabrielle uses her passion & leadership skills to develop future talent in the business from grass roots to management. Gabrielle is involved in female mentoring for Sainsbury’s, as a the only part time store manager in Manchester inspiring other females within business to break the glass ceiling, that you can have a career & a family.
Gabrielle is a born & bred proud Stopfordian who is passionate about the success of Stockport town centre, as this bring success to all the businesses in Stockport & brings the town alive!
Mike Lamont is the current Chair of the Board of Directors having been appointed during the first term by the Vision Stockport Board. He is 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 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.”
Steve Oliver: CEO musicMagpie
Steve Oliver is the co-Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of musicMagpie, the world’s largest recommerce business, achieving a group turnover of c£140m in just its 12th year of trading.
Starting life as a start up in Steve’s converted garage in Stockport in 2007 as a service that enabled users to trade-in their old CDs, DVDs and Games, the company has re-invented itself in the last three years to become the UK’s biggest and best mobile phone recycler, with well over half the company’s turnover now coming from the consumer technology.
The business also now has a fast-growing US brand operating the same model, called Decluttr, based out of Atlanta, Georgia that is now run rating at c$50m per annum.
The business is the world’s largest seller in the history of both Amazon and eBay globally, recently surpassing 10m positive feedback scores on its eBay selling account, but its biggest single sales channel is now from the musicMagpie online store which was launched four years ago to complete the model of being the ‘lazy man’s eBay’ where both buying and selling used product is fast, free and easy. The business has a simple mission statement and that is to be the service to use that is “Smart for You, Smart for the Planet” whether buying or selling, with sustainability absolutely at the heart of its consumer and now corporate recycling model.
Steve Pilling: Operator of the The Produce Hall, Market Place, Stockport
Since working as part of the original team at Michelin starred Midland French, Steve has been involved in retail, hospitality and sport.
A graduate of Manchester Business School P.A.C.E., Steve established a successful chain of grocers, assisted his sister to become world#1 Squash Champion, and helped to build up The Manor House to become the highest grossing pub for Tetley Walker.
It was this feat that ultimately opened the door to a post at Mr Thomas’s Chop House. Steve has an outstanding reputation in the restaurant trade having turned around many F&B establishments
including Mr Thomas’s Chop House, Sam’s Chop House in Manchester & Leeds before opening his chain of Damson & The Dockyard restaurants.
As well as collectively winning more awards than anyone else in the hist0ry of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, Steve won the tender to develop and operate the highly acclaimed Produce Hall in the Market Place he has a strong commitment to the local, independent business community: Steve helped establish other food businesses in all the areas in which he operates, including an independent bakery and a fishmonger, is working on the Board of a community cinema and arts centre share purchase scheme and has been recognised by Nelson Mandela for his work with Salford consortium.
He is a Fellow of Stockport College, is leading a new project with Media City and SCC for Hospitality apprentices and a Pro Bono Tennis and Squash coach. Since 2017 Steve has been an official ambassador for Stockport.
Final Accounts to 31st March 2019
Stockport Town Centre Business Improvement District – Articles of Association (from 31st March 2020)