Elections for new Chair etc

It’s election time again for BoA Business and an opportunity to choose a Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer/Secretary, to build our 500-strong network as a real force for good in the town. If you would like to help BoA businesses rebuild as we emerge from the lockdown, then YOU HAVE UNTIL SUNDAY TO GET YOUR NAME INTO THE HAT.

BoA Business has a key role to play in building a successful future for the town and surrounding villages, both now as we start to recover from the COVID-19 damage and in the months and years ahead. Membership of BoA Business is free and open to all businesses in the area – and currently ranges from world-class engineers and manufacturers to web designers, shop owners to restaurants, writers and designers to lifestyle and fitness coaches. Its stated aims are to:

  • create an effective network to help each other develop our businesses. 
  • give business a voice on key issues impacting the town and surrounding villages. 
  • encourage businesses to share knowledge and celebrate successes. 
  • contribute positively to the economic and social sustainability of the town. 

Past activities have included the very successful Business of the Year Awards, monthly networking meetings, cross-town retail promotions and a number of other one-off activities. 

A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP – ARE YOU UP FOR IT?

The current Chair and the Treasurer/Secretary are both standing down, as explained in the May newsletter. 
Nominations are sought for all three positions. We believe this offers an exciting opportunity to build an even more dynamic and strong business community in the town and we urge you to consider putting your name forward to the membership. If you have any questions, please contact Lucy Millar or Gerald Milward-Oliver

THE PROCESS
If you would like to be nominated, please send an email to the current Chair. Your email should contain the following information: 

  • Name 
  • Business & business address 
  • Business email address
  • Telephone number
  • State whether standing for Chair, Vice-Chair or Treasurer/Secretary
  • The names and email addresses of two BoA business owners who back your candidacy.

YOUR NOMINATION SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT, THIS SUNDAY, 21 JUNE.
The poll is being conducted online.

  • Friday 26 June : invitation to vote sent out by email, with details of candidates and links to the Doodle poll, to all those on the mailing list as at midnight on Thursday 25 June.
  • Tuesday 7 July : the poll closes 9:00am.
  • Monday 13 July : results of the poll announced.

ROLES
The role of the CHAIR is to oversee and expand the regular networking programme, oversee the financial accounts as prepared by the Treasurer/Secretary, act as lead spokesperson for businesses in BoA and surrounding villages, ensure BoA Business representation in relevant town/Area Board bodies/meetings, and call and chair the annual meeting.
The VICE-CHAIR supports the Chair, as agreed between them.
The TREASURER/SECRETARY maintains the finances, records decisions and actions agreed at BoA Business meetings, and provides occasional support to the Chair and Vice-Chair, as required.
The Chair and Vice-Chair have the freedom to decide how best to deliver against expectations. This may include recruitment of a team with skills to lead/coordinate particular areas such as: social media (including the website), events, business-to-business, retail/hospitality, Town Council liaison.

BOA BUSINESS NETWORK LIMITED
In order to regularise BoA Business, particularly in terms of GDPR requirements (e.g. handling of membership data), a not-for-profit social enterprise company has been formed called BoA Business Network Limited. At the same time, the directors of the Bradford on Avon Development Trust and the officers of BoA Business have agreed to a merger (see Annual Report, above). The directors of BoA Business Network limited are the current officers, together with the current directors of the Development Trust. 
The newly elected officers of BoA Business will be appointed directors of BoA Business Network Limited when they are elected at the AGM. The plan is that when they stand down as officers they would remain as directors for a maximum of two years. That will not be obligatory, nor onerous in terms of either time or work, but this is a way of providing valuable continuity and experience. To get things moving, it was agreed at the outset that the existing Development Trust directors would stay as directors for a few months. Their experience and advice is considered helpful, not least because they have decades of experience working to try and keep Bradford on Avon going as a working town. 
As soon as the officers are elected, they will be invited to a meeting of the current directors of BoA Business Network limited, in order to formalise arrangements and discuss future arrangements.