With all the recent flooding in Worcestershire our OVs have been spotted in and around Worcester on BBC News! OV Phil Mackie (Cl 73-84) is a BBC reporter and was spotted interviewing several OVs including Worcestershire County Cricket Club Chairman Fanos Hira (Os 80-87) and auctioneer Nick Baxter (S 96-07). Phil has been incredibly busy these last couple of weeks reporting on all the flooding in the Midlands for the BBC, being spotted in Ironbridge, Bewdley and Worcester to name but a few locations recently affected by all the rain and subsequent damage.
Sam McCarthy (Cl 99-06) was also interviewed on BBC news on Tuesday 18th February in her role at Worcester BID, explaining to viewers about the Love Worcester Heritage Festival 2020 events happening.
Sam who works for Worcester (BID) Business Improvement District as the Projects and Partnerships Manager. was featured on BBC Midlands 6pm evening news. Sam told us “The interview was regarding the floods and the impact it held on the city centre businesses. Worcester is made up of over 64% independents which is bucking the trend with the national average at 35%. These independents relay on the support of the BID to spread the word that the city is open for business. The BID launched an emergency communications plan with the hashtag #Open4Business. Worcester businesses adapted and had a real sense of community spirit working to support each other as well as the wider city. The BID worked alongside multi agency partners to ensure the businesses and public were well informed of safe access routes, places to park and activities within the city if safe to travel in. During my interview I spoke about the half term activities within the city and how Worcester businesses were open as usual. ”