Get to know people of the Eastern City: Kate Hart

We’re launching a brand-new segment in the newsletter by spotlighting people who work in the Eastern City. This month we are pleased to introduce you to Kate Hart, Chief Executive at EC BID.

How long have you worked at EC BID and what is your role?

I started in February 2023 and I am the Chief Executive at EC BID.

My role is to lead the Executive Team to deliver the strategy and business plan set out by our levy-paying community. I work alongside our Board, The City of London Corporation, property owners and various stakeholders. No one day is the same but I would say getting out and about and meeting people from across the EC is a big part of my role – it’s great fun!

I also work as part of the senior leadership team at Primera, which runs a portfolio of BIDs and partnerships across central London. I first became familiar with BIDs in the late 2000s when Primera was a new business, so it’s fantastic to see it flourish today as the BID sector has grown.

What do you like most about the City of London?

One of my favourite things about the City is the energy here – it’s vibrant and totally iconic. Although the City is a traditionally corporate district, it has hidden gems which have so much potential and can open up this area of the City so it’s not just a business area, but a creative and diverse one. I’d love to see the beauty of the City showcased more.

Favourite places to eat in the EC footprint?

Fazenda is a Brazilian restaurant which mainly serves steak – I recommend the Rodizio experience which reminds me a lot of a “tapas” type of meal, as it’s a tasting menu. They also have an amazing market table full of fresh produce you can help yourself to – which is particularly popular with my daughters!

Favourite coffee place in the EC footprint?

Rosslyn! It’s located along Old Broad Street, near Tower 42. It’s a relatively new coffee business but on the up! They are opening more across the City – good news for coffee lovers and another sign that the workers are returning!

If you could do anything in the EC footprint, what would you do?

It would be fantastic for the area to become synonymous with pioneering innovative and creative uses for vacant retail space and other empty units at ground level. I’m very proud of our work to date in the area around the footprint, for example, Broadworks. We worked with Hive Curates to bring a cultural hub to the heart of the City bringing affordable studio space for creatives, event and gallery space. This collaborative initiative with the landowner Landsec is delivering an innovative ‘meanwhile’ offer before the redevelopment of the site, and helping to shift perceptions about the financial district. We are now working on new partnerships and opportunities which will help us attract more visitors and be engaging for our local workers. Watch this space!

Finally, what’s your favourite project that you’ve been involved with in EC?

I’m proud of our new public realm vision for the Eastern City which will be published in the Autumn. It’s exciting to be part of the efforts to shape the future of the City, representing our business communities’ voice and working in partnership with the City of London Corporation and other stakeholders to achieve more. This economically important area is thriving but it is also facing rising global competition and the post covid challenges means it’s vital we are at our best to attract investment, talent and enable us to grow the leisure market. The public realm is important in this mission to enhance the tall building cluster to become more accessible, sustainable, attractive and to support the infrastructure needed for a growing and future workforce, residents and visitors alike.