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Tough task: Kathleen McBride of Belfast One

Tough task: Kathleen McBride of Belfast One

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Tough task: Kathleen McBride of Belfast One

Kathleen McBride, managing director of Belfast Improvement District (BID) Belfast One, has a big task on her hands to ensure the organisation wins a second term.

The not-for-profit body, financed by a levy calculated on a business' rateable value, has set out to attract footfall to the city centre BT1 area, as well as promoting businesses in retail and hospitality.

It has also guided city business owners through some of the toughest events to impact our city economy in recent history, including the Primark fire of August 2018 and Covid-19 lockdowns.


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