Wanted: Town Team Co-ordinator

Hours of Work: Part Time (22.5 hours per week)

Fixed Contract: 12 months

Reports to: Brighton Business Improvement District Manager

In July 2012 Brighton’s London Road Town Centre was one of 15 locations that were successful in winning funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government to become Portas Pilots. The funding has been made available to test recommendations in the Portas Review, aimed at regenerating the nation’s High Streets and town centres.

The Brighton London Road Town Team is now looking for a Coordinator to deliver innovative projects which will help the London Road retail area fulfil its potential as an attractive, safe, vibrant and economically healthy place for residents, visitors, workers and students alike.

This new and exciting role will be based at the Brighton & Hove Business Forum working closely with the award winning business crime reduction partnership and the Business Improvement District Manager and will include a significant public-facing element in London Road. The projects are varied, ranging from public arts events to crime reduction initiatives, and a key element of the job will be to act as the main point of contact for local businesses, Town Team members, the media and other interested parties.

What type of person are we looking for?

A job description and person specification is shown below. Use the ‘essential’ and ‘desirable’ headings in the person specification to outline why you would be a suitable candidate for the job (maximum four sides of A4, minimum font size 11). Use real life examples of your past work experience to support your answers and don’t forget to include your address, email address and contact number. Return your application to Brighton & Hove Business Forum, First Floor. 8-11 Pavilion Buildings. Brighton BN1 1EE.

Closing date: 5.00 p.m. on Monday 20 May 2013
Interview date: Wednesday 29 May 2013 [no exceptions]

For more information about the role please contact
Rob Dawson
Tel: (01273) 291104
Email: rob.dawson@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Act as the main point of contact for the Brighton London Road Portas Pilot, maintaining close contact with the Town Team, Government representatives and the local community.
  2. Co-ordinate project activities and events relating to the Portas Pilot scheme
  3. Provide regular reports on Portas Pilot project activities to a range of audiences, to include evidence and key performance indicators
  4. To build effective working relationships with businesses, community representatives and all other key stakeholders in relation to the Brighton London Road Portas Pilot, maintaining a visible presence in the area
  5. To be responsible for the management and development of the Brighton London Road Town Team website and Twitter account
  6. Lead on branding and marketing the Brighton- London Road Portas Pilot area as a retail destination
  7. To maintain and develop a contact database for the Brighton London Road Portas Pilot
  8. Convene Town Team and Action Group meetings, taking minutes and posting them online alongside
  9. Attend National Portas Pilot training and networking events, sharing good ideas and initiatives with the Town Team
  10. Work closely with the Brighton Business Improvement District Manager to ensure that theLondon Roadretail area benefits from successful ideas at increasing footfall

Person Specification

DESIRABLE: A degree, equivalent qualification or two years of relevant experience

Job Experience

ESSENTIAL: Experience in an operations role managing a range of projects

ESSENTIAL: Experience of using a wide range of IT packages to a high standard, including Outlook, MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint

ESSENTIAL: Experience of Managing budgets, monitoring and report writing

ESSENTIAL: Experience of manageing events

DESIRABLE: Experience of town centre management, business support or similar role working with retailers

DESIRABLE: Experience of working with both the private and public sectors

DESIRABLE: Experience in marketing and PR

Skills & Knowledge

ESSENTIAL: Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate with a wide and varied audience

ESSENTIAL: Strong problem solving skills

ESSENTIAL: Excellent relationship management skills

ESSENTIAL: The ability to develop ideas into deliverable projects

ESSENTIAL: Strong time management skills and ability to prioritise workload

ESSENTIAL: Ability to exercise a high degree of personal initiative

ESSENTIAL: knowledge of the Portas Review

DESIRABLE: Knowledge of the London Road retail area and its characteristics

DESIRABLE: Knowledge of the current issues facing the UK retail industry

DESIRABLE: Strong social media and web management skills

Other Requirements

ESSENTIAL: Flexibility – willingness and ability to adapt to change as the role/projects develop

ESSENTIAL: Ability to work outside of standard office hours where required

London Road LAT – May Meeting Update

Our next meeting will be this evening 6.15 for 6.30 start. The minutes of the March meeting can be viewed HERE and the Agenda for tonight is below.

Agenda 7th May 2013

1. Welcome, apologies & introductions
apologies: Cllr Pete West, Elspeth Broady (DRARA), Sam Bryant (Sussex Community Rail Partnership), Kalishia Le Coutre (BMECP), Ananda Healey (Head Teacher – St Bartholomew’s) we hope to welcome: Simon Cowell (Watkin-Jones site manager), Kate Brocklebank (Planning Officer), Greg Minns (Council), James Wiesz (The Emporium),
2.a Minutes of previous meeting 19/3/13
– Note – no minutes were taken at the presentation on Valley Gardens, no doubt the presentation will be repeated at some future point
2.b Date of next meetings: June 4th, July 2nd
2.c finances – an enquiry has been sent as to whether LAT funding will continue as previously
2.d notice that an AGM is due “within 15 months of the last”
3. Policing matters & licensing
3a. Review of our three possible policing priorities for this month. Last month’s were:

  • Street drinking/anti-social behaviour
  • Shop-lifting – as previous months
  • Prevention of intimidating behaviour on London Road

– what is the situation like in York Place at the moment?

January 2013: LR & YP: Anti-Social Behaviour(drinkers, street noise) 17, Burglary 1, Criminal damage 5, Medical (drugs/drinking) 1, Road Traffic Collision 7, Suspicious 25, Theft (of which 25 were shopliftings) 49, Violence (assault, fighting, robbery, domestics) 14, Police Activity (warrants/arrests etc) 16

Feb 2013: LR & YP Anti-Social Behaviour (drinkers, street noise) 31, Burglary 1, Criminal damage 6, Medical (drugs/drinking) 4, Road Traffic Collision 8, Suspicious 23, Theft (of which 14 were shopliftings) 29, Violence (assault, fighting, robbery, domestics) 19, Police Activity (warrants/arrests etc) 12 March 2013: Anti-Social Behaviour (drinkers, street noise) 37,Burglary 4,Criminal damage 10 Medical (drugs/drinking) 3
Road Traffic Collision 4 , Suspicious 22, Theft (of which 17 were shopliftings) 37, Violence (assault,fighting, robbery, domestics) 16, Police Activity (warrants/arrests etc) 5
3.b.Drug use – Oliver de Trafford (Moksha) reports : we have had a big increase lately in drug use with syringes found on a few occasions. It would be good to know what is being done by them , police and the council to tackle this.
3.c Traffic using bus lanes and turning incorrectly at Oxford Street/London Road junction, raised by Liam Mandeville on previous occasion by email
3.d Licensing
– Matt Henry has drawn attention to Council initiatives in other places for outlets voluntarily removing high-strength lagers and beers from their shelves. Would we like to know more?
– The Emporium might like to talk about their aspirations?
4. Co-op
(a) demolition works phase
(b) construction works
– last time it was noted that high standards promised had been lacking at start-up, a letter of complaint was written and the presence of a representative had been requested at this meeting
– council officers have stipulated conditions for ongoing works. What living conditions will these be able to guarantee for residents?
5. Matters arising, ongoing and updates
a) St Bartholomew’s school link-up: Emma Lacey to report to next LAT
b) level – update and “communities of the level”, conducted visits to site
c) Open Market getting higher – opening August 2013. Comment that public toilets are now closed.
d) Richardson’s Yard- planing application – approved 30/4/13
e) planning consent – former Buxtons??
f) squatters: update? (No visit has yet been paid to Cowley Club)
g) opening and closing: Preston Circus Pharmacy closing retail: Sussex Beacon Charity Shop, HisBe etc. opening.
h) flyposting – the link with Concorde2 continues and similar arrangement with Volks has been initiated
i) Jenny Lind – “Ghost train” a chivvying letter has been written in co-ordination with Sam
j) History walks – Chris Tullet reminds us of publication “London Road, Brighton’s first suburb”
k) Recent “Independent Drugs Commission” – meeting held 27th Feb – replied expressing concerns over footfall and location
l) any other updates
6. Portas Pilot update – Rob Dawson
(a comprehensive report is available on “Open Space” meeting, and a Town Team meeting is planned for 16.00-18.00 Wed 8th May)
7. Elder place streetscene project :Simon Bannister
– four intensive meetings have been held with a view to a large co-ordinated effort to improve Elder/York/Providence Place + car park environment.
Date for future public/stakeholder meeting June 20th 18.00 New England House (t.b.c.)
8. A.O.B. Any other items, please notify Chair at philipwells@btinternet.com before the meeting.