The Fitzrovia Partnership is a Business Improvement District (BID), a geographical area which the local businesses have voted to invest collectively in improving their environment. BIDs provide additional or improved services as identified and requested by local businesses. BIDs are business-led organisations funded by a mandatory levy on all eligible businesses following a successful ballot and operate for a maximum of five years within the legislative framework.
Through partnership and engagement with the business community to help create and enhance an economically vibrant destination, offering tangible and collective benefits to those who work, live and visit Fitzrovia.
The Fitzrovia Partnership works with community groups, residents and the local authorities to deliver the key themes below identified by our members and set out in our business plan.
Chief Operating Officer
Lee Lyons has been with the partnership since its voluntary organisation days at the start of 2010, having spent the majority of his career in operational management. He was recruited initially to work on the well-being of the street environment and then became the BID Manager in 2012 with the inception of the Business Improvement District.
Lee’s last role in operations management was managing a team of 100 staff in the security sector, with the main part in Retail, Shopping Centres, the Metropolitan Police and MOD contractors.
Head of Place Management
David Fereday comes to The Fitzrovia Partnership with over 10 years’ experience in the BID industry, having worked as Operations and Crime Reduction Management roles. David’s focus is on working in partnership with the police and council to ensure the street environment is a better place to be.
Nancy Rogers joined the BID in November 2015 and provides Business Support for the Partnership team. Nancy brings a wealth of BID Industry experience having worked at Vauxhall One BID and prior to this worked in the public sector for a number of years providing Business Support.
Business Engagement Manager
Siobhán Foster joined the BID in May 2014 to ensure value based partnership and highly productive results are achieved across all projects and services for our membership. Responsible for engagement with existing businesses, membership expansion and best practice implementation.
Previous to this role, Siobhán has worked in the private sector for international media and property development/place making organisations in both Project Management and Executive Support roles at board level delivering business change and engagement projects from scope to completion.
Place Management Ambassador
Wojciech Wojteczek came to The Fitzrovia Partnership in June 2015, after working at Kingston First BID as Town Centre Ranger, He is responsible for the supervision of our Waste and Recycling Schemes and liaison with local authorities in the management of Fitzrovia’s streetscape.
Chief Executive, The Doctors Laboratory
General Manager, UCLH
Founding Member, Make
Vice Provost (Enterprise and London), UCL
Director of Customer Experience & Retail, Habitat
Rebecca De Souza
Retail Director, Heal’s
General Manager, Sainsbury’s
Director, The Building Centre
General Manager, My Bloomsbury
Assistant Director, City of London
Director, Derwent London
Chairman, Charlotte Street Association
Chairman, Fitzroy Square Neighbourhood Association
Observers to Board
Cllr Sally Gimson
Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Environment, Camden Council
Business Opportunities Manager, Camden Council
Inspector, Metropolitan Police
Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Business, Transport for London
The BID’s seeks to embrace the business and wider community with a programme of work that delivers a district with a strong sense of identity and that is clean and safe for all.
To help guide the BID a number of sector focus groups have been set up to encourage participation and help to add value to the running of the BID.
If you would like to participate in a group that represents your business please contact the team.
Tottenham Court Road Group
The Tottenham Court Road Group aims to listen to the voice of retailers along Tottenham Court Road and the surrounding area, and deliver on projects aimed at driving footfall, supporting the retail calendar, creating a brand identity, and promoting events that we and our members are hosting.
Charlotte Street Group
Charlotte Street and the neighbouring area, plays a leading role in creating the vibrancy that attracts people working and living in the area, alongside a fabulous range of restaurants, and this forum makes sure that their views are represented, whilst we increase awareness of the destination and ensure the quality of the street environment.
Office Sector Group
This group involves the office community on an agenda that includes joint procurement initiatives, building B2B relationships, helping offices to feel safe and secure, supporting improved skill sets, staff benefits and welfare. The group is a platform for servicing common issues, and highlighting offers and events impact the office sector.
The Community Group recognises the residents’ inclusive voice within Fitzrovia – therefore, this group is reflective of residential, community groups and third sector interests. This is the group that provides the community with a conduit to business, as well as promoting community issues and events in their own right.
Small Business Group
The Small Business Group is made up of small businesses and independent traders which make up an integral part of Fitzrovia. The group will support a range of projects to benefit the sector, and help to integrate small businesses into the larger business agenda.
The Board consists of up to 18 members:
The Board sub-groups consist of between 6 and 12 members representative of their particular sector:
The Board endeavours to secure members from a combination of large and small businesses within the BID constituency and representation from different sectors within the district;
In addition the following organisations may sit on the Board;
As Observers to the Board, these representatives act in an advisory role and are nominated by their respective organisations;
Quorum is a minimum of three Directors. BID constituents should always form the majority.
The ability of the Partnership to drive added value for the business community is correlated with its membership base.
Collectives can deliver promotional and operational activities which individual businesses often find difficult to achieve. Within a large collective, individual members will have the opportunity of working with one another to add value to their business growth. These aspirations are at the very heart of The Fitzrovia Partnership.
Interested in becoming a Voluntary Member?
The Fitzrovia Partnership welcomes new members, and Voluntary Full Members will receive:
FULL ACCESS to ALL of The Partnership’s services, schemes, events and dedicated communications.
FEE of 0.9% of your Rateable Value
To find out the benefits of Membership to your business please give our Business Engagement Manager, Siobhán Foster via email or call on 020 7755 3192.