TOWN leaders have been asked to chip in £2,000 to retain an ‘invaluable member’ of the successful Frodsham Forward team.
Frodsham Forward manager, Anne Boyd, is hoping Frodsham Town Council will meet the funding shortfall to help keep the market town regeneration project’s Business Liaison Officer, Mark Bamford, in post for a further twelve months after his current contract ends next March.
The council has agreed to consider the request at its next full meeting in January.
Mr Bamford, whose salary is currently jointly funded by Vale Royal Borough Council and the North West Development Agency, joined the Frodsham Forward team three years ago.
Ms Boyd said: “Mark works with local businesses to promote business grants and has been instrumental in the creation of 33 new jobs in the area, and he has led several other successful initiatives, including customer loyalty cards, of which 1,500 have been sold so far, and the extremely popular Frodsham Festival.
“He is an invaluable member of the Frodsham Forward team but we are now having to piece together funding from various sources to secure his services for an additional twelve months. There is this shortfall and Frodsham Town Council’s support will be key. If we fail to get it, it’s likely we would extend Mark’s contract for another six months, but that would mean losing him in the run-up to next year’s Christmas Festival.
“I would not be asking the town council if there was some other way of getting the funding easily, but Mark has supported them in so many ways over the last few years.”