Business manager tasked with revitalising town centres in Newark and Sherwood will earn roughly £40,000-a-year
A business manager tasked with developing town centres in Newark and Sherwood is to be appointed on a salary of around £40,000-a-year.
The successful applicant’s responsibilities will have a particular emphasis on Newark.
Interviews are due to start taking place this week, after applications for the post closed on May 6.
The role, described as ‘business manager — town centre development’, was advertised with a salary of between £39,782 and £41,675.
News of the appointment was welcomed by the chairman of Newark Business Club, Kerri Saxby, who said: “It’s great to see the appointment of a town centre business manager for Newark.
“It illustrates that the council is keen to support our town and I can only applaud that.
“Over the last 12 months our town centre has been subjected to wide-spread infrastructure development works and travel disruption, so the recruitment and subsequent appointment of a dedicated town centre business manager will revitalise the centre of our historic and vibrant town.
“Newark is a prime spot for economic regeneration, especially on the retail and tourism fronts.
“The town has so much to offer and having someone to champion that and provide support to those on the front line will, I hope, lead us from strength to strength.”
The advertisement described Newark and Sherwood district is being home to multiple town and local centres, notably Newark, Southwell, Ollerton, and Edwinstowe.
“The centres provide a hub for the shopping, business, residential, leisure, and in some cases tourism needs of their catchments,” it said.
Tourism provided a key footfall, from Sherwood Forest and the home of Robin Hood, to Southwell Minster, Newark Castle, Newark Market Place, and National Civil War Centre.
“Town centres across the district are not immune to ongoing challenges nationally in terms of declining retailing, vacancies, and retaining footfall, activity, and vibrancy,” the advertisement continued.
“However, the district is well-placed to capitalise on its unparalleled heritage, culture, natural setting, and independent-led retail offer to provide town centres fit for future generations.
“This post forms part of a new focus and priority on town centres, particularly in the case of Newark.”
The advertisement said the successful candidate would demonstrate a track record of leading and communicating with a range of partners in delivering transformational physical, social, and economic regeneration within a town centre context.
The role would include managing and commissioning feasibility and viability studies and development of funding opportunities to strengthen the town centre.
Effective relationships with local businesses, landlords, agents and other stakeholders would be essential in building credibility, engagement, and in co-ordinating key messages and information.