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Posted: Tuesday 9th January 2018
New BID Manager
The torch is passing to a new generation and the BID team couldn’t be more delighted. With the unfortunate withdrawal of Fiona Cookson at the beginning of December, the BID Directors took swift and immediate action and were able to secure the services of Tom Hardy. Tom is a rising star in Hertfordshire BID and town management with experience in both Hertford and Letchworth and the whole team is thrilled with the appointment. Tom personifies the next stages in the town’s evolution with its changing demographic; respectful of the heritage and history, he recognises that there is a growing number of young entrepreneurs who are as passionate about their town as those of us who have been around for decades! Drawing on the enthusiasm of the younger members and the counsel of those who have been involved for a number of years, Tom is confident that he can establish a strong campaign for the BID Renewal ballot in early 2019 and through discussion with the levy payers, publish an exciting programme for the following five years.
Keith Hoskins said ‘ look forward a great deal to working with him in the coming year to pass on some of the experience that I’ve amassed since 1997 and helping to ensure a smooth transition. I’m still around working on projects for Hitchin Initiative so not too far away for questions!!’
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Posted: Thursday 2nd November 2017
Hawkins of Hitchin
It’s a cliché to call something ‘end of an era’ or ‘milestone’ and Keith Hoskins has already talked about changes to come over the course of the next year or so but none will have as big an
impact as the announcement of the closure of Hawkins at 2 - 8 Bucklersbury after 154 years of trading.
Peter is about to retire and head off for some extremely well-earned rest, so with a certain sadness the doors will close for the last time on the 15th January.
In 1863, George Hawkins travelled north on the recently completed railway to settle in Hitchin and opened a pawnbroker at no 8 Bucklersbury. Within 10 years, he had expanded in to no 6 Bucklersbury as well to sell clothing.
Eldest son, also George, joined the business in 1890 continuing until the 1930s when the third generation, Bernard took the helm when the derelict building at no 7 was redeveloped and absorbed into the business. Fourth
generation Ted and Richard were in charge during the 1970s, and obtained the old International Stores site at nos 4 and 5. By 1990, Peter took control and acquired the former TSB premises at no 2 so giving the store its current profile of around 8000 sq ft.
Peter has been an outstanding champion for Hitchin – an active member of Hitchin Chamber of Commerce , one of the original founders and Directors of HTCI, Chairman of Hitchin BID during the first five year term, a big supporter of Hitchin Festival hosting the Box Office, a business studies mentor at local schools and a guaranteed supporter of so many Hitchin causes and organisations; he has earned his retirement. Selfishly, many of us will mourn Hawkins very much – Peter’s efforts and wise counsel will be sorely missed- and it will be a measure of the town that he did so much to help build, as to how it responds to changing circumstances.
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