Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 09.23.38The agency responsible for promoting business in Darlington town centre has boosted its board with four new directors.

Business Improvement District (BID) company Distinct Darlington was set up to support businesses and encourage a vibrant shopping experience, as well as a cleaner and safer town centre.

Now, as Distinct Darlington enters its fourth year, its new directors are Peter Furness, of Clark Willis Law Firm, Bondgate; Mike Barker, The Health Warehouse, Post House Wynd and Peter Willis, of Eve Beauty, Duke Street.

They will be joined by Cllr Bill Dixon, a Darlington Borough Council co-opted member, who replaces Cllr Chris McEwan and all four will remain in their posts for 18 months.

In addition, Natalie Cooper, managing director of boutique hotel Houndgate Townhouse, was successfully voted onto the Board, for a second year, by the Company Members.

“Our Board is without a doubt one of our key strengths, contributing to and influencing every decision we make,” said Distinct Darlington manager Alex Hirst.

“Board Members and Directors play an active role in representing varying sectors within Darlington town centre, including independent and national retail, offices and commercial premises, property owners and food and drink establishments, covering both day and night time economy.

“Our businesses are important to us and our Board Directors are expertly positioned to contribute to what promises to be an exciting year.”

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