Alderman Audrey Wales MBE has spoken of her delight at being re-appointed to represent Mid and East Antrim Borough Council on the Ballymena Business Improvement District (BID).
The former longstanding business woman is closely connected with Ballymena Chamber of Commerce and is well equipped with knowledge of the town’s business and retail sector.
Alderman Wales had previously been involved with BID and said she is “delighted” to be back representing Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
The Ballymena BID is made up of a wide range of local businesses, from small independent retailers and services to larger high street brands.
Its aim is to encourage growth, development and investment in local businesses.
Speaking about the re-appointment, Alderman Wales said: “I am proud and honoured to have been appointed to the board of BID.
“Ballymena has so much potential and is brimming with incredible opportunities.
“We have so much to offer in terms of heritage, location and retail, and I am delighted to have been provided the opportunity to bring my experience to the table as we work together to fully capitalise on our incredible offerings in Ballymena and Mid and East Antrim.
“Our reputation across Northern Ireland is one of a retail centre of excellence, accommodating a wide range of independent businesses, co-existing alongside well-known high street giants.
“It is absolutely vital that businesses are given all the necessary support to bolster trade and encourage people into our town centres.
“The work of BID and Council is instrumental to safeguarding and growing our unbeatable attractions and enhancing Ballymena’s reputation as a great place to do business.
“Council’s number one strategic priority is to grow our economy and I am fully committed to supporting business development and promoting an environment that encourages and facilitates investment in our Borough.”