Goodbye Mr Ambassador

Goodbye Mr Ambassador

Philip Smith, Keighley’s Town Centre Manager and Manager of Keighley Town Centre Association has announced his retirement after a decade in the job.

Confirming the news Mr Smith said he held the town dear, having worked here so long and having lived in the Keighley area all his life and considered it his home town.

As ambassador for the towns businesses through his activities with KTCA Mr Smith has overseen many changes and offered much support to its members. Over 500 businesses have benefited from membership of the Association during Mr Smiths time as manager.

During that time Mr Smith has hosted countless networking events for hundreds of businesses and provided opportunities for new business to be created.

He has had involvement in such diverse items as the Church Green development and North Street Townscape Heritage Initiative, advertising the town through the Keighley train and many leaflets and brochures, providing events including the Christmas lights switch on and Keighley’s Ice Weekend in 2010.

Mr Smith created the Keighley Business Awards to celebrate business in the Keighley area and reward individual businesses at the yearly gala awards ceremony.

Working to keep the town safe, Mr Smith has provided support through the Townwatch radio scheme and developed and introduced the towns successful Exclusion Notice Scheme to reduce shop theft and anti-social behaviour.

Mr Smith has written many articles promoting the town in publications including Yorkshire Life, Yorkshire Ridings, and Yorkshire Post, Northern Life and Craven and Aire valley life whilst providing supporting information for the local press including the Keighley News and Telegraph and Argus.

Mr Smith said “those that know me will understand how passionately I have felt and indeed still feel about Keighley and I would therefore like to take the opportunity to thank all those who have supported me over the years and to wish them well for the future”.