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Poole BID hold first open evening!

 First Bid

Pictured: Poole BID Directors, L to R Jonathan Sibbett, Jenny Wilde, Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Michelle Woodrough, Gabi Naish, David Segleman, Andrew Goss

Levy payers from the BID area were invited to join the Directors to discuss their hopes and ideas for the coming years at the first opening evening held at the Quayside Emporium on 11th August 2016.

Gabi Naish, a Director and representative from the Project Climbing Centre said “It was extremely encouraging to have so many people actively engaging in the discussion about how to improve our town and the best way to tackle many of the underlying problems.”

The Directors were present and met retailers and business owners who work so hard in the town and were able to hold lively discussions about the future of the town and where the BID fits in. Ideas put forward included a dedicated website forum for BID members to network and keep up to date on what’s happening with the projects. Other ideas were Christmas events, ways to brighten and smarten up the town using flowers and street cleaning and public art spaces to create interest the length of the Town Centre. All of which the BID Directors took on board and will be exploring further.  The Lord Wimborne supported the event by supplying refreshments and staff.

The board meet fortnightly to get the work underway and have made excellent progress with the recruitment of a BID manager through an employment agency from within the BID area. The first items in the business plan are already in hand and it is hoped to have further occasions when the levy payers can get together with the board to see the progress being made.

In the meantime, all of the zones have representatives on the board who would be delighted to talk to any individual with ideas to bring forward. Contact can be made by emailing or popping into the premises listed below:

Peter Wilson, Lighthouse, Representing Area 1

Andrew Goss, Bruce, Lance & Co Solicitors, Representing Area 2

Jonathan Sibbett, Sibbett Gregory, Representing Area 3

Michelle Woodrough, Cashino, Representing Area 4

Helen Challis, Quay Holidays / Quay Living, Representing Area 5

David Segelman, Lush, Representing Area 6

Vacant position -  Licensed representative

Gabi Naish, The Project Climbing Centre, Representing Non Licensed

Philip Barnes, Purbeck Pottery, Representing Independent Retail

Jonathan Maidment, Mortons Jewellers, Representing Independent Retail

Jenny Wilde, Jenny Wilde Associates, Representing Professional Services

John Grinnell, Dolphin Shopping Centre, Representing Professional Services

Alyson Smyth, Poole Pottery, Representing Multiple Retail

Vacant position - Multiple Retail representative

Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Borough of Poole, Council representative   

Cllr Andy Garner-Watts, Borough of Poole, Council representative

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Those businesses with a rateable value of less than £5,000 will be exempt, but can choose to make a voluntary contribution of no less than £75 if they wish to be involved.

  • The BID Board comprises of a maximum of 16 directors and all are from, or representing, BID levy-paying businesses.
  • The Board represent all six geographical areas, as well as business sectors within the BID area. There are no more than three members from each geographic area to ensure even representation across the area.

Some of the projects featured within the Poole BID business plan include:

Marketing and Events - a proposed five year investment of over £500,000

- A planned marketing strategy for the town with a series of small events as well as an annual high profile landmark event to attract visitors from across the region

- LED screens by the railway line, providing an opportunity to publicise Poole and the businesses within the BID area, with a news and weather feed, and the chance for BID members to advertise their special offers and promotions

- Free Wi-Fi across the BID area


  • Poole experience – a proposed five year investment of £550,000

- Conduct a comprehensive survey in year one of the proposed BID to highlight what areas need improving and to remove the street clutter

- Invest to improve the fabric of the town over the five year lifetime of the scheme

-  Work to fill the empty shop units to create a buzz and vibrancy

-  Install vinyls to the windows of vacant shops

-  Improve communication between the Borough of Poole and businesses within the town centre to ensure everyone is working together

  • Security and safety - a proposed five year investment of £125,000

- Employ a BID ambassador to ensure all activity in the town is regulated and customers are welcomed to the town 

  • Supporting business - a proposed five year investment of £37,400

-  Use collective buying power of all businesses within the BID areas to save money on utilities

-  To ensure the business voice is heard

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