Rob grew up in Southport and was educated at King George V Grammar School and College. He is a Director of Topping & Company Accountants, whose offices are based in Birkdale, and has worked with many local independent businesses.
He is passionate about helping develop the future of Southport and help generate business within the town. He has previously served as a Governor of a local primary school and currently sits as Director on a number of local organisations, including the Southport Festival Ltd, Professional Sefton Ltd and Plan B for Business Ltd and is also an Associate Governor of Southport College.
Rob is unpaid in his role with the BID.
With over 20 years experience in lobbying & policy development, Hugh has worked extensively with other BIDs including Preston & Lancaster. Hugh has always supported the business community through many years of work with regional Chamber of Commerce.
Hugh was also instrumental in the conception and delivery of the first Southport BID, established in 2014. He is responsible for the wider strategic planning, policy development, lobbying and represention for Southport BID at a regional and national level.
+44 (0)7469 354 655
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Sarah has spent over 15 years in the private sector, running small to medium restaurant companies and a retail business, giving her a thorough understanding of the challenges faced by businesses.
Sarah oversees all Southport BID funded events and their marketing campaigns: she also manages all social media, communications and press relations.
+44 (0)7392 873 077
Board of Directors
No Board Members receive any form of payment for their time. All of our Directors are nominated annually from within the local business community. They are selected to balance representation from independents, major high street retailers and the leisure sector. Each are shortlisted due to the skills and experience they can contribute to the BID. The Board of Directors is duly elected by show of hands at our Annual General Meeting in October each year. To be eligible to nominate yourself or vote at the AGM please enter your details as an official representative of a BID Levy paying business.
- Dave Price, Deputy Chairman
- Susannah Porter, Remedy/Southport Pub Watch
- Agnes Ng, Dukes Folly Hotel
- Alex Hatchman, Fletchers Solicitors
- Neil Mason, SouthportPleasureland
- Grant Tindell, Flannels
- Adam Yaffe, Yaffe Photography
- Stephen Bibby, Karbon Kopy
- Margaret Carney, CEO Sefton Council
- Enda Ryland, Bliss Hotels
- Jenny Stancombe, Boots PLC
Our Ambassadors Max and Helen provide a vital link between us, you the levy payer and visitors to the town. They greet visitors and the public and act as a roving tourist information point for the town. We are aiming for each business to receive one visit a month minimum to bring you information on what we have coming up and our bi-monthly newsletters. They report all environmental issues such as fly tipping and graffiti direct to the Council and are linked to our DISC system and work with local security guards. A visit can be requested at any time.