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Poole BID - flowers to be placed in Poole town centre during June

Poole to bloom through the summer season

Poole BID will be decorating the high street of Poole next month as the Poole in Bloom initiative returns ahead of the summer holidays and peak tourism season.

212 planters will be installed throughout the high street and town centre in the second week of June. The varieties of flowers being planted include geraniums, verbenas, lobelias, begonias, fuchsias, petunias and impatiens.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, Poole BID manager, commented: “With the summer season fast approaching, we’re keen to get the town ready for the influx of tourists to the area. The floral decorations have been so well received previously that we’re excited to be bringing them back next month.”

The planters will be in place for everyone to enjoy all summer.

Maritime bunting has also been strung up throughout the town in time for the Poole Maritime Festival taking place throughout June.

For the latest updates visit www.poolebid.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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Poole Town Centre and the Quay welcomes quality street buskers and entertainers who have a permit and follow the guidelines in this Code of Practice.

Link Below Code of Conduct 2017

FREE Staff Training and Development Opportunities

Locomotivation is an established training provider based in Poole, delivering Apprenticeship and other staff development opportunities across all service-based industries.

Locomotivation have partnered with the Serco Group to deliver the Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme, developed to upskill employees within all businesses in Dorset. We provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy.

Businesses can select full qualifications or mix and match individual units that are directly relevant to your current training requirements. The courses range from a few hours’ training, to units of NVQ or other qualifications. Because the programme is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), you can support your workforce at no extra cost to your business.

http://www.locomotivation.co.uk/funding/skills_support_for_the_workforce_ssw.htm

Big Clean 2018

Dusters at the ready! Poole BID leads the spring clean

The Poole BID Big Clean returns for a second year to Poole town centre from Monday, April 23 until Saturday, April 28.

Poole BID is encouraging volunteers who are aged 16 and above to lend a hand in helping to give Poole town centre its annual spring clean. There are many jobs available to those who are willing to donate their time, including weeding flowerbeds, painting, throwing away litter and helping to ensure Poole is a clean and safe town to all those who visit.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, BID manager, commented: “We were so pleased with the amount of people who supported last year’s Big Clean we decided to run the event again, and we hope the community will once again come together to help give Poole a spring clean in the lead up to the summer season.

“This is a great event for friends and families to get involved with, and any professional tradespeople willing to offer their time would be most welcomed.

“We’re working really hard this year to make sure Poole stays on the map as a must-visit tourist destination. We have so much to offer and we hope local businesses will support this initiative and do their part in helping to tidy up the town.

“You can register your interest by emailing info@poolebid.com.”

Poole BID will be offering daily prizes for participating businesses and offering a ‘Best Spring Clean Shop Front’ award at the end of the month. There is no need to fill in any entry forms; all businesses will be included in the competition.

Poole BID has also arranged equipment for accessing hard-to-reach areas such as gutters and high level windows. Any businesses interested in using this equipment should contact info@poolebid.com for more information.

For the latest updates visit www.poolebid.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)

Statement: New measure to reduce anti-social behaviour in Poole town centre

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to reduce anti-social behaviour in Poole town centre and Holes Bay has come into effect from today (16 April 2018).

It will help make the town centre a safer and more welcoming place for residents, businesses and visitors.

The PSPO will target anti-social behaviour that has a detrimental impact on others and will cover:

  • Drinking alcohol and verbal abuse
  • Possession, supply or use of intoxicating substances
  • Behaviour likely to cause nuisance, harassment, alarm or distress to others
  • Begging for money, food or drink
  • Using a receptacle for the purpose of begging
  • Unattended belongings, baggage and bags

Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, Borough of Poole, said: “We want Poole to be a safe and welcoming place for everyone who lives in, works in or visits our town. We are aware that Poole Town Centre and in particular  the High Street, Bus Station, Dolphin Centre, Old Orchard and The Quay, has the highest levels of anti-social behaviour  in the borough. We have carefully considered how we can deal with this issue and at the same time address concerns raised by various stakeholders including businesses and community groups in the area. The introduction of the PSPO will complement a number of other tools we can use to effectively tackle this behaviour.

“The PSPO will not be used to target any specific group, such as those people sleeping rough. The council proactively works with individuals to encourage them to use the full range of support available from the council and local charities. Whether this is working with individuals who have a problem with drugs or alcohol, supporting individuals into housing, offering a hot meal and healthcare or providing intensive daily support to enable an individual to sustain a tenancy, we will continue to engage and support wherever possible our most vulnerable members of our community.”

The council and the police already use a variety of methods to address these issues with some success. However these powers do not allow council officers to move people away from the area in which they are causing harm. The PSPO will allow this to happen, offering some respite to those adversely affected.

Initially a soft approach to enforcement will be carried out. The council and the police will actively engage with individuals to explain the purpose of the PSPO, the implications if it is not followed and encourage changes to their behaviour without the need to take enforcement action. They will also offer advice and support relevant to the individual’s needs. It is not intended that any fines are issued during this period.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, Poole BID manager, said: “The businesses of Poole and Poole BID are enthusiastic about making Poole an attractive and vibrant place for our residents and visitors of all ages.

“The BID supports the prohibitions outlined within the PSPO and would encourage anyone affected by the order to seek advice and support from the council and charities available in the area.

“Ultimately, we want Poole to continue to be a safe place for all, including those who require our help, and backing from local businesses ensures that this happens for many years to come.“

Notes for editors

The PSPO was implemented on Monday 16 April 2018 for a period of three years.

Dorset Police records show there were 1738 incidents of ASB from April 2016 to March 2017. There have been 1408 incidents between April 2017 and December 2017.

High levels of anti-social behaviour occur in the High Street, Bus Station, Dolphin Centre, Old Orchard and The Quay. In addition Sterte and Tatnum experience specific problems with anti-social behaviour, mainly connected with drugs and street drinking.

 

Happy Easter

 

Easter is on its way! There’s lots planned for Saturday 31st March to keep everyone entertained including an Easter trail, kids’ crafts and face painting.

Adam’s morebus team are kindly providing a brand new bus to host themed activities.

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Dorset Business Growth Programme

The Dorset Business Growth Partnership is designed to help any Dorset county-based SME become more competitive. Dedicated strands of activity will include pre-start and start-up support, improving companies’ digital capabilities, management and leadership skills and scope for internationalisation. Access to finance will be delivered through grants and loans alongside advice, mentoring, training and events. The three-year SME Competitiveness programme to be run until March 2020, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is led by WSX Enterprise and the Dorset Growth Hub with a range of support partners.

Poole BID Waste and Recycling Project

Dear BID Member.

We at Poole Business Savings team, are starting a waste initiative, which aims to implement a single waste disposal scheme across the BID. The focus is to achieve impressive cost and environmental benefits. Currently there are more than a dozen waste collectors operating across the BID community. BID members are experiencing various levels of service and paying different costs.

The first stage of the process is to assess what the current situation is across all businesses.

Please take a few minutes to complete the following short survey, which will help us ascertain your needs and enable us to put together the best waste and recycling scheme possible.

Link to survey:

SURVEY LINK http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/DFPER/

Benefits of Waste Initiative

* Improving service

* Reducing costs

* Reducing traffic flows

* Improving air quality

* Increasing recycling

* Reducing waste to landfill

* Reducing carbon footprints

With your help we will be working together to make a very big difference in our community.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

LIGHT UP POOLE – DIGITAL LIGHT ART FESTIVAL

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Light Up Poole – A festival of light Brochure – Light Up Poole

15-17 February 2018, Poole town centre

Showing the town in a completely new light, the first Light Up Poole festival of light art will completely transform the High Street from Falklands Square to the Quay.

From 15 to 17 February 2018 the town centre after dark will provide the dramatic backdrop to a series of light art and digital installations designed to inspire, delight and enchant locals and visitors alike. International and local artists, many of them working in collaboration with Poole schools and arts organisations, have been given a platform to showcase their often ground breaking work in a celebration of Poole’s cultural diversity, rich heritage and unique location.

“We’ve chosen theme of Identity and challenged digital artists, architects and lighting designers to reinvent themselves and consider the town as their main inspiration,” says Libby Battaglia of festival directors Audacious.

“Light Up Poole will show how something as simple as light can completely transform a place you think you know. It’s warm, it’s safe, people are drawn by it to come together and share the experience.

“It is a great opportunity for the people of Poole to really celebrate its growing reputation as a destination for artistic excellence, cultural learning and innovative collaborations between business and the arts.”

Light Up Poole will see the town centre divided into 11 zones from Lighthouse, through Falkland Square, down the High Street to the Old Town, Poole Museum and Quay Amusements each showcasing a new artwork and interactive installations.

Among the many highlights are:

:: Submergence – An immersive, responsive, walk-through experience created by Squidsoup, the international group of artists, researchers, technologists and designers. It uses more than 5,000 individual points of controlled light to create feelings of presence and movement within physical space. The installation transforms space into a hybrid environment where virtual and physical worlds coincide. A semi-linear 12-minute piece that forms an abstract with a gradual increase in tension, building to a final climax, each movement has its own elements, atmosphere and responsiveness that are open to interpretation.

:: The Squirrel – a digital art installation by Sober Industries to highlight the extinction plight of Brownsea Island’s famous resident colony of red squirrels. The Squirrel was commissioned by Quays Culture as part of the Unnatural Borders art event exploring the interaction between mankind and the animal world.

:: Arbour – a new work by multi-media artist Mark Parry who works with cross-art combinations of light, film, digital video and photography to convey meaning through evocative and emotive imagery and sound.

:: Amuzo – the award-winning, Bournemouth-based team of game and App developers whose creations have been played more than two billion times and topped the App Store in more than 150 countries launch their new smartphone game, Flo, at Light Up Poole.

:: Café Conversations – informal chats in cafes and other town centre venues to share new ways of thinking differently about creativity, the arts and expression.

A key element of the first Light Up Poole festival is the emphasis on creating new learning opportunities.

:: Sounds of Poole – an inspirational learning project focussing on music technology and devised by SoundStorm, Bournemouth and Poole’s music education hub. Sound artist Jon Adams is working with pupils from Poole schools to record sounds of the town and incorporate them in an illuminated soundscape album that will be played at the Fish Shambles on the Quay during the festival.

:: ArtfulScribe poetry agency is running a film poetry weekend workshop at Poole Museum on 13 and 14 January with photographic artist Helen Dewbery and poet and filmmaker Chaucer Cameron.

:: Working in partnership with Lighthouse and Bournemouth University, Light Up Poole also has a weekend of workshops on 27 and 28 January aimed at young people aged 16-21 who want to sharpen their vlog-making skills.

The festival will also provide Poole with its first look at some new art forms:

:: Poets and filmmakers are being invited to enter the Film Poetry competition with £500 for the winning title and the shortlisted films projected on the wall of Poole Museum.

:: Projection Mapping, Projection Bombing – Bournemouth University alumni Ashley Wilkie uses spatial augmented reality technology to turn buildings, objects even whole landscapes into display surfaces for his digital art and light graffiti laser tags. This will be Poole as it has never been seen before.

Light Up Poole is the first in a number of headline events planned for 2018 to celebrate the 40th birthday of Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts.

Phil Gibby, South-West director for Arts Council England, says: “We’re delighted to support Audacious through our National Lottery-funded Grants for the Arts programme. This award supports Audacious to develop local, national and international talent by showcasing artists through Light Up Poole events.

“Emerging digital technologies will be used to create interactive public spectacles in the town centre aiming to challenge perceptions and allow more people to experience and be inspired by great art and culture.”

Light Up Poole is presented by Audacious community interest company with the support of lead partner and sponsor Poole BID and Arts Council England and in partnership with Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, and Bournemouth University, as well as Poole Borough Council, SoundStorm music education agency and ArtfulScribe, which finds, develops and promotes new and emerging writers and audiences for live literature.

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