People involved with the BID




John Fiori (chairman)

John Fiori

Horse with the Red Umbrella

My name is John Fiori married to Franca for 35 years aged 55. I am the owner of The Horse With The Red Umbrella Tea Rooms, open since 2004. I was born in London from Italian parents and have worked in the catering industry since leaving school.

I worked at the Savoy Hotel and Claridges for 7 years and then my own cafe for 20 years. Having good friends in Dorset we decided to open up shop and move to near Dorchester, where I bought The Horse With The Red Umbrella.

I joined the BID Board to try to help not only my business but others in Dorchester and to try to make Dorchester the best town in Dorset. Having a BID in Dorchester has to be a must because it not only highlights the town but all the retailers hopefully can use the BID to their full advantage.

Contact John Fiori

t: 01305 262019

Sian Merriott (deputy)

Sian Merriott

Kiteleys Solicitors

Sian has lived in Dorchester since her return to the UK from New Zealand in 2001. She is married with 2 teenage children who have both attended local schools in Dorchester. Sian is passionate about Dorchester having seen it improve with the addition of Brewery Square and the many variety of shops.

Sian has practised as a solicitor for more than 20 years specialising in conveyancing and family law. She is a member of the Casterbridge Rotary Club, Trustee of a local Nursery School and Vice-President of the Dorset Law Society. When not working Sian enjoys spending time with her family, socialising, reading, walking and Pilates.

Contact Sian Merriott

t: 01305 751554

Mike Reed

Mike Reed

Dorchester Hair Studio

Contact Mike Reed

t: 01305 260684

Nick Rawlings

Nick Rawlings


I am married with 3 grown up children and I have lived in Dorchester all of my life. For the past 28 years I have worked for Goulds. I am also the Chair of the Dorchester Shopwatch Radio link and in my spare time I am a Special Constable stationed at Dorchester.

I am very passionate about Dorchester and believe that the Dorchester BID has done an excellent job over the past 5 years.

Contact Nick Rawlings

t: 01305 217800

Tim Batty

Tim Batty

World Heritage

I am the General Manager of World Heritage responsible for four of Dorchester's museums. They are the Dinosaur Museum, the Tutankhamun Exhibition, the Teddy Bear Museum, and the Terracotta Warriors Museum and between them they have brought many millions of visitors to the county town over the years. I have lived and worked in Dorchester and its environs for much of my life.

I have been involved with the BID since its inception. I believe the BID has raised Dorchester's profile acting as a focus for businesses in the town. The BID has helped Dorchester and consequently its businesses to remain vital, competitive and thriving in what have been some very challenging years.

Contact Tim Batty

t: 01305 269741

Peter Brown


Contact Peter Brown

t: 01305 268420

Sandy Jordan

Sandy Jordan

Jordans Jewellers

My name is Sandy Jordan and I am the owner of Jordans Jewellers in Princes Street. I live with my husband and our 3 dogs in a village just outside of Dorchester. I opened my business in May of 2013 after spending 6 years selling at Antique Fairs all over the country. Previous to that I was a Senior Manager for Nationwide Building Society.

I joined the BID in 2014 because I believe that it plays a vital role in promoting our town and the businesses there in. I am proud of what has been achieved thus far and look forward to seeing what can be achieved in the future.

Contact Sandy Jordan

t: 01305 250413

Glenn House

Glenn House

Dodgson's of Dorchester Ltd

Hi, my name is Glenn House. I have been married since 1989. I have two wonderful daughters, and a rescue dog called Ronnie.

I am a local man, as I was born in Weymouth, and I have lived in and around Dorchester all of my life.

I am the owner of Dodgson's of Dorchester Ltd, your local DIY shop in South Street.

I was delighted when Phil approached me to join the BID, as I feel I can offer my experience in retail, and also it will be good to be involved in all the great things that the BID already supports, and the projects that will be introduced in the future, whatever they may be. Watch this space..............

Contact Glenn House

t: 01305 262918

Neil Strudwick

Goldcrest Jewellers

Contact Neil Strudwick

t: 01305 269550

Michael Delage-Pandeli

The Mews Jewellers

Contact Michael Delage-Pandeli

t: 01305 262810


Trevor Hedger


Susie Hosford

The Councillors


Phil Gordon

Phil Gordon

Project Director

Phil was appointed Project Manager for Dorchester BID in January 2007 and Project Director in March 2008 following the successful ballot.

Phil is a local businessman with over 25 years experience in marketing, sales, product development and distribution helping small businesses grow into larger ones with a broad mix of technical and commercial skills.

Phil says,"I am proud to be 10th generation Dorset and can trace my family back to Marsden Magna where in 1605 my ancestor William Fooks was a Yeoman Farmer. In more recent times my great, great, great grandfather, Thomas Fooks (1775-1845) became Clerk of the Peace for Dorset. I guess I have a lot to live up to, but it seems somehow quite poignant to be involved in a project to help the town in which my ancestors once trod!"

"I was delighted to be given the opportunity to help with the 'Business Improvement District' (or BID) initiative as I believe that, as the county town, Dorchester has a lot to offer but needs this kind of project to act as a catalyst for change and improvement. We have a talented and dedicated team of people (drawn from local businesses and the community) who are all firmly behind the project and we're all determined to make the BID a success. In doing so, we hope to help make Dorchester a more vibrant place to work in, live in or just visit whilst on holiday."

Contact Phil Gordon

t: 07799 494886

Lisa Cartwright

Finance Director