New Commercial Enterprise Manager to Unlock Bath & West Showground’s Potential

The Royal Bath & West of England Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Debbie Howarth as Commercial Enterprise Manager.

Debbie began her tenure in this newly created role on Monday 3 September with a remit to enhance the commercial potential of the Bath & West Showground and cement its position as the premier events venue in the West of England.

Bringing a wealth of experience of the charity, communications and events management sectors, Debbie arrives at a hugely exciting time for the Bath & West with the recently opened Rural Enterprise Centre now on stream and delivering real results for local businesses, while the £1.2m redevelopment of the Bar & Restaurant building will transform the showground’s event space offering when it opens in May 2019.

Chief Executive, Rupert Cox hailed Debbie’s arrival as a real boon for the Society;

“We are delighted to welcome Debbie to the Bath & West team as our first Commercial Enterprise Manager. She comes to us with an extensive CV that covers agricultural shows, equine events, charity fundraising and most significant to us, experience in organising large events. This will help us develop a new way of managing events on the showground, not least in helping us drive business to the new Wessex Pavilion that will open in May 2019”

“I am delighted to join the team at The Royal Bath & West Showground, the home of my favourite agricultural show!” Debbie enthused “As well as ensuring the continued success of our valued and established events calendar, we are planning some exciting new ventures and events for the showground in the coming months and years, so ‘watch this space’!”

Debbie Howarth and Rupert Cox at the B&W Society Office.jpg