Every two years, business members of Bristol Pound have an opportunity to elect a representative to the board. Thank you to everyone who voted and helped to shape the direction of the Bristol Pound.
We are thrilled to announce that Mike Cranney has won the Business Member Board Representative election with 70% of the vote. We are delighted that he will be representing the business members of the Bristol Pound and bringing their voices and ideas to board level discussions.
Sharon Woma was elected in 2017, and we are very grateful for the time and energy she has given to the role during her term in office. Sharon has decided that she does not have the time in the year ahead to do the role justice, however, and is therefore not standing for re-election.
This year, two candidates came forward, following our call for nominations:
My name is Nigel Dyke and I am a director of Alec French Architects. We are a small business with 24 staff and have been based in Bristol for over 90 years. Most of our work is in Bristol and includes the new Being Brunel museum for ss Great Britain, Underfall Yard, Aardman HQ and Wapping Wharf. I have been using Bristol Pounds personally for a number of years but more significantly making Alec French a major user and supporter of Bristol Pounds. We are a Business Champion and have also supported the organisation by giving talks and introducing new members.
Whilst the individual members of Bristol Pounds are important to its continuing success I am firmly of the opinion that the key to the successful upscaling of the organisation is through encouraging more and larger businesses to become involved. I believe the combination of a personal commitment to Bristol Pounds and running a local business means that I can both effectively represent the interests of businesses on the Board but also help create the environment in which many more local businesses want to use Bristol Pounds and support the local economy.
My name is Mike Cranney and I am the co-owner of The Pipe & Slippers, The Lazy Dog and The Windmill pubs in Bristol. I would like to put myself forward to represent independent business owners on the board of the Bristol pound. I am extremely passionate about the Bristol pound and about Bristol as a city. Bristol has a huge variety of fantastic independent businesses and the people of Bristol are particularly proactive in their support of independents.
There are 3 main areas I feel that I could assist as a business member representative. Firstly, I would like to focus on improving the commercial offering from the Bristol pound. I feel there is more we can do to package and market gift vouchers that could showcase the number of independents across the city that have engaged with our local currency. I would also like to assist in the communication of the benefits of the currency to local business owners and the staff who work in the businesses; I have in the past sensed a reluctance to perpetuate the concept from some businesses and would like to work hard to address this. Thirdly, I would like to assist in recruiting more local independents. Bristol is a city that has an abundance of residents with entrepreneurial spirit and new start-ups are happening all the time. It is becoming increasingly difficult to operate as an independent and Bristol pound is one way that we can help support and make a difference to their success.
Please take a minute to follow this link to vote for your preferred candidate to represent you as a business member on the board.
Voting closed on Monday 2nd December at 9am.
Many thanks for voting.