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Pastures new for ex-City BID chief Ged Gibbons

Gagging clause means reason for suspension may never be known

Written by . Published on March 18th 2014.


Pastures new for ex-City BID chief Ged Gibbons
 

GED Gibbons, the man who ran Liverpool city centre’s business improvement district, was surrounded by friends and colleagues in the Cavern Club on Monday night for his leaving do. 

He has launched his own consultancy business, setting his sights on work projects in the UK and in Spain.

The former chief operating officer of Liverpool City Central Business Improvement District (BID) was suspended and temporarily relieved of his duties last November. 

Package

No reasons were given at the time for the suspension, with the city council using that comment much loathed by journalists: “We do not comment on personnel issues concerning individual members.” 

As part of his departure package, Gibbons and the city council have signed a “confidentiality agreement” which means the story behind the suspension is unlikely to be revealed. 

Today a tight-lipped council spokesman just merely repeated that much loathed comment, or rather non-comment. 

Gibbons was town centre manager in St Helens before moving to Liverpool to head the BID team covering the 600 businesses and shops in the city centre. 

Ged Gibbons And Johnny WalkerGed Gibbons and Jonny Walker during the famous busking row

It was in that role he had a run-in with buskers when a scheme was introduced to control street performers with some form of licensing scheme. 

Busker Jonny Walker led a campaign against the proposal which was eventually dropped. The busking continues. 

Liverpool currently has two BID areas, one covering the city centre and the other the business quarter.  Gibbons became chief executive of the former in 2009, but as part of a shake-up a new Liverpool BID Company was launched to take overall control of both, with Bill Addy as chief executive of the whole operation. 

Formerly a director of developers Iliad and David McLean, Addy was appointed just over a year ago. The hope is a third BID area with be in place next year covering Liverpool Waterfront. Gibbons became Chief Operating Officer, and following the sudden death of Paul Rice, he took over responsibility for the Commercial District BID. 

Event management

Last summer Gibbons, who is in his mid-50s, headed the drive to win a further five years for the City Central BID following a ballot of businesses.  BID teams have to re-ballot every five years to decide whether they should go or stay – with a legal requirement of all businesses within the boundaries required by law to pay a levy. In that most recent ballot less than half of the city centre businesses voted. 

The concept of business improvement districts was imported from the US. 

Gibbons’ consultancy will specialise in offering event management and advice to towns and cities looking to set up their own business improvement districts. He also expects to offer consultancy advice in Spain. 

As he and the city council go their separate ways, the reasons for that suspension last November will remain a mystery. 

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousMarch 18th 2014.

Was he ray in brooky? And one of Randall and hopkirk (deceased) We should be told!

AnonymousMarch 18th 2014.

Hopefully he'll go to Spain and stay there!

AnonymousMarch 19th 2014.

But in the Oldham Chronicle article interviewing Mr Gibbons he claimed he had never been suspended amongst other goodies. Which makes me think perhaps it was a period of Graeme Garden Leave and before the council decided to do the Funky Gibbons.

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John BradleyMarch 20th 2014.

Why the need for a “confidentiality agreement”

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