Steering group


Rob HolderRob Holder – Manager John Lewis, Tamworth

Midlands born and bred Rob has worked his entire 27-year career with John Lewis in a variety of roles across the UK. He first became involved in BIDs whilst in Aberdeen, where he was a director then vice chair of Aberdeen Inspired.

Rob said: “The aim of the BID will be to determine how we develop Tamworth as a destination of choice and to get lots of great things happening under the same umbrella. On a personal level I I’m interested in the collective success of Tamworth because I can see how it benefits all.

“I’d urge businesses to lend their support to the BID proposals: this is your town, your business, your future, your voice – make sure you have your say.”

Vice Chairman

SamSamantha Panton. Partner, Roasters, Tamworth

Samantha’s family has had a business in Tamworth town centre since 198 and in 2010 Roasters also became the only independent business on a retail park anywhere in the UK. Samantha has a vested interest in both locations and is keen to represent small businesses across the two sites.

“For me, a BID is about bringing the town centre and retail parks together and linking them as one, rather than being two separate entities. A BID would give us the unique opportunity to be able to market and promote the area as one,” Samantha said.


Andrew Mair – Handelsbanken

Jeff Wigley – Ankerside Shopping Centre

Stacey Penney – Vinyl & Kuda Nightclub

Ian Ritchie – Ritchie and Ritchie Architects

Peter Robinson – Prizm Solutions

Julie Pound – Prizm Solutions

Revd Alan Gordon – St Editha’s Church

Cllr Steve Claymore – Tamworth Borough Council

Linda Ram – Professional Copy Creation

Alistair Timmis – Arriva Travel

Su Barlow – Midlands Fertility Clinic

Charlotte Oliver – Jenkins Property Development

Robert Cockle – Baldwins Accountants

Caroline Cash – Fishers Dewes Solicitors

Brian Kenny – SubCulture Clothing