Crawley Town Centre BID announces new Chair of Directors


In 2019, 68% of businesses in Crawley Town Centre voted in favour of a new Business Improvement District (BID) which would run for five years (2020-2025) and the Crawley Town Centre BID was born.

Over its term, the Crawley Town Centre BID will deliver a range of projects and initiatives aligned to primary values; make Crawley Town Centre safer and more vibrant, businesses feeling more connected and widely promoting and showcasing the area.


The Crawley Town Centre BID is lucky to have a wide range of talented local business and community leaders on the board of directors, led from its inception, by Neil Cooper who has been Chair of the Board. Neil has sadly stepped down from this role, but the BID is delighted to announce that Paul Rolfe of the Chichester College Group is now the new Chair of the BID.


Neil Cooper said;

“After 2 years in the role as Chair of the Crawley Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) I am pleased to be passing over the responsibility of the same to Paul Rolfe of the Chichester College Group. It has been a most challenging first 2 years of the BID given the impact of COVID and the ‘lockdown’ literally weeks before our 1 April 2020 start! Nevertheless, despite the difficulties the BID had, I believe, made good progress and is well placed to be a significant influence in the success of the town centre going forward. Whilst stepping down I intend to remain actively involved as a Director on the BID Board and look forward to assisting it in achieving the goals set out under its Business Plan.

Paul Rolfe, Chair of the Crawley Town Centre BID said;

“I am really excited to be the next chair of the Crawley Town Centre BID. I look forward to leading the BID to support the continued growth and development of the town centre ensuring it is a safe, vibrant and attractive place to shop, eat, relax and enjoy.”


Wendy Bell, Crawley Town Centre BID Manager said;

“We are delighted that Paul is the new Chair of the Business Improvement District. His passion for Crawley and immense expertise in business will help drive forward the plans the BID has to push Crawley Town Centre to new heights. We would like to say a huge thank to Neil Cooper. His determination, drive and dedication creating and running the BID from its inception has been one of the reasons the BID has been such a success and we are delighted he is staying on our board as a director"