pfbb UK’s BID Chair Honoured in Queen’s Birthday List

Chartered surveyor Martin Langsdale, who is the long-standing chair of Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID), developed and managed by pfbb UK since 2008, has been awarded an MBE for his contribution to the city’s economy in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

pfbb UK Ltd, nominated for the honour having worked very closely with him over the last twelve years creating a brand and identity and working to promote, improve and attract investment into the area.

Martin has served as chair of the BID Management Group and then chair of the Board in 2012, which are both voluntary and unpaid roles.

Under his stewardship the Cathedral Quarter BID has gone from strength to strength and is held up as a national case study of good working practise. In 2016, the BID won both the ‘Best City Location’ at the Great British High Street awards and ‘BID of the Year’ at the Association of Town & City Management (ATCM) awards whilst in 2018 it was also awarded runners-up in the ‘Partnership of the Year’ and ‘Best Event’ categories at the ATCM awards.

Martin said: “I am obviously delighted to have been recognised with an MBE and have accepted the honour on behalf of everyone who has worked so hard over the years to support, promote and improve the Cathedral Quarter.

“We have faced many challenges together from deep recession to now the on-going pandemic but have proved that, by working together with a common purpose, we can achieve great things for the benefit of everyone who work, live and visit the Cathedral Quarter.

“I have always been passionate that the Cathedral Quarter is a business address that carries kudos and value and proud that we continue to attract and retain a whole host of award-winning businesses and market leaders in their fields including professional services, retailers, leisure, hospitality and cultural businesses and organisations.

“I hope that this honour will remind us all the journey that the Cathedral Quarter has travelled and that we must remain optimistic about the future of this iconic area.”