The co-founder of Independent Liverpool and the Baltic Market is “stepping away” from both businesses after sending “unwanted photos”.
David Williams, 30, shared a post on Instagram apologising for “letting people down” and “not showing people the respect they deserved”.
Mr Williams co-founded Independent Liverpool, a card scheme designed to champion local businesses with discounts and special offers, in 2013 with his business partner.
In 2017, he launched the Baltic Market food hall in Liverpool city centre alongside his Independent Liverpool co-founder.
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The statement posted on Mr Williams’ Instagram page said: “Following some of the messages over the past few days, and looking back on how I behaved in the past, it’s clear to me I didn’t show people the respect they deserved. I was way off with my judgement and that’s something I clearly need to work on.
“Back then it was common for me to text and exchange pictures with multiple people over my mobile phone. It’s clear these has been pictures and messages that were not wanted.
“I’ll be coming off social media and stepping away from my involvement with Independent Liverpool and Baltic Market, the other directors of these businesses will be carrying on, whilst I spend time working on being better.
“I’m so sorry to the people that have come forward that I made feel that way and I’m sorry to everyone who I have let down.”
This week, Mr Williams was received a 2020 Alumni Award from the University of Liverpool for “championing independent businesses”.