Christine McElvanna from JMK Solicitors has been appointed to the role of Chairperson for the recently established Newry Business Improvement District “BID”, which will be working on a 5 year plan to boost trade, investment and overall image of the City.
Newry is the latest Northern Irish city to establish a BID. There are already nearly 200 across the UK. A BID is a private company run by representatives of local businesses democratically elected to the Board. The Board’s role is to deliver specific improvements identified by the businesses in respect of their location or area of business within the City.
Christine commented; “I am extremely proud to have been selected to chair the Newry Bid. I am excited to be working with other representatives from local businesses, who have come together for the common good. We have a passionate Board who will bring fresh ideas and energy”.
Newry BID is has a budget of almost £2m raised by a levy paid by the businesses. This money will be used to deliver projects to improve the local trading environment, drive down business costs and raise the City’s profile.
Christine added “I would encourage all businesses in the BID area to get involved. We are extremely aware of the many challenges businesses face and the need for us to have a strong voice and influence as stakeholders at the heart of the City. We will only reach our full potential if everyone participates and supports the projects and events we will be running”.
“As a business community we need a strong voice representing our viewpoint. We aim to help this city achieve its full potential as a destination of choice for the local community and tourists alike. I am particularly keen to see local people support their local businesses. We want people to come back into the City and we want Newry to be seen as a great place to live and work.”
Christine herself has lived in Newry and worked for JMK Solicitors for over 7 years. Prior to commencing her employment with JMK Solicitors in 2008 Christine worked in one of Europe’s leading law firms based in Dublin.
Christine now specialises in personal injury cases of varying types and adopts an efficient yet personable approach in order to ensure her clients are well informed and that their cases are dealt with to the highest possible standard.