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BID Christmas 2017

Christmas is coming to Poole BID

Poole BID is organising a 4 day Christmas Extravaganza to launch Christmas in Poole from the 30th November 2017 . Under the hashtag #PooleBIDmas, all the events and updates will be revealed very soon, but we can reveal that events will be taking place throughout the entire BID area and there will be some old favourites as well as brand new events and activities added for this year!

Make sure you are following the BID’s social media pages so you don’t miss out on the news! Search ‘Poole BID’ on Facebook and @BIDPoole on Twitter!

BID Christmas 2017

Poole BID Launches Free WiFi for Locals and Visitors

Poole BID can now benefit from free WIFI as one of the operational cornerstones of the Marketing and Events section of its Business Plan.

Free WIFI is accessible to visitors and locals via a bespoke login whilst also enabling businesses within District* to provide local information and offers directly to phones and devices.

Free WIFI further enhances Poole BID’s provision of a centralised digital platform, where businesses within the District can promote themselves and their offers through Poole BID’s web site and social media channels, actively engaging with and communicating to consumers.

Annual Meeting

POOLE BID Annual Meeting
7th September 2017

The Annual Meeting of Poole BID Ltd will be held on Thursday September 7th at The Lighthouse Poole.
Start Time is 18.00 with Doors open at 17.30 for registration
This is open to all Levy Payers. The Board will present a report on the activities of the BID in Year 1 and a summary of the accounts for the year. In addition, there will be a presentation of the BID’s plans for Year 2 in accordance with the business plan.
The opportunity to discuss the BID and its plans for 2017/18 will be part of the meeting.
Poole BID Levy payers who would like to attend should contact the Poole BID office to confirm attendance either by email to or Tel No 01202 308800 providing their name and business. Levy payers are asked that if they have any particular questions to forward those by email address above by 12.00 noon on Wednesday 6th so that these can be answered at the meeting under AOB.
Poole BID Levy payers only are permitted to attend along with members of the press. All must register their attendance in advance of the meeting by 12pm Monday 4th September 2017.

Poole BID Spring Clean Launched


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Poole BID is taking action to arrange Poole’s inaugural ‘Big Clean’ event. For the first time ever, the European Maritime Festival is coming to the UK, and Poole has been chosen to host it! With 1,700 delegates descending from all over Europe, Poole BID (business improvement district) is determined that Poole Town  Centre will be looking its best. From 2nd May to 7th May, businesses are being encouraged to undertake their own Spring clean in preparation for the event and the busy summer season ahead. There will be competitions for the ’Best Spring-Cleaned Shop Front’ and the ‘Best Dressed, Maritime-Themed Window’.

The BID has organised access equipment for hard-to-reach areas, gutter clearing, high-level window cleaning, decorating and small maintenance tasks. This work will be charged at cost to BID levy-paying businesses. Following the Big Clean, the Town will be dressed in 3.3km of nautical bunting and floral displays throughout the BID area from the Lighthouse, along the length of the High Street, Poole Quay, and streets in between. Shopkeepers wanting works programmed-in are urged to reserve their slot by contacting

Please click on link below for leaflet

Proud Of Poole





Jazz by the Sea festival is proud to have yet again received backing from various local funding organisations including the Poole BID, Bournemouth Town Centre BID and Bournemouth Coastal BID, as well as The Arts Council England.  

Poole Business Improvement District (BID) consists of a group of local businesses dedicated to backing projects and initiatives, with the aim of developing the area and helping local business thrive.

Jazz by the Sea Festival will take place across multiple venues in Poole and Bournemouth from 11-17th June 2017. Bringing world class jazz musicians to Dorset. Jazz by the Sea Festival will take place in live music venues, pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, shopping centres and retail outlets for one week.

Recently recognised at this year’s Bournemouth Tourism Awards, Jazz by the Sea festival has been hailed for bringing world class Jazz musicians to the area, boosting tourism and the local economy, as well as providing a full weeks entertainment for local jazz music lovers.

Now in its third year, Jazz by the Sea Festival has gone from strength to strength, with a name change and rebrand for 2017 to incorporate its new expansion into the town of Poole.

Doubling in size, Jazz by the Sea Festival 2017 has been embraced by the town of Poole, with artists and venues coming forward to be involved, as well as a first time financial backing from the Poole BID team, (pictured above centre).

Poole BID Manager Carlie Palmer commented “Poole BID are delighted that by giving our support to this event it becomes an event our levy payers can directly benefit from. Jazz by the Sea is an exciting event happening across Poole and Bournemouth for the first time, and we are excited to ensure Poole businesses play a pivotal part in the whole event.”#

jazz singer

Dolphin Shopping Centre is platinum sponsor of The Mayor of Poole’s Maritime Ball

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The Dolphin Shopping Centre has announced its platinum sponsorship of the Mayor of Poole’s Maritime Ball on Saturday May 13 at Poole Lighthouse.

The sponsorship will go towards the cost of the event which is set to host 400 local people at the prestigious black tie gala. Guests will be treated to a Champagne and gin reception, catering by Beales Gourmet, and live music from Soul Machine.

The aim of the ball is to raise funds for three local charities – Lewis-Manning Hospice, Chestnut Nursery and Waggy Tails Rescue. The Dolphin Shopping Centre has also selected Lewis-Manning Hospice and Chestnut Nursery as its nominated charities to support in 2017.

Cllr Xena Dion, Mayor of Poole commented: “I was truly thrilled to hear that Dolphin Shopping Centre has come forward as the title sponsor for the Poole Maritime Ball. This event is set to be the one to be seen at and is attracting a huge amount of attention.

“Sponsors will be seen as true community players and we know that the Dolphin Shopping Centre continues to make a considerable contribution to local charities. The Centre is going from strength to strength and has attracted some significant names in retail recently which will get more people into Poole.”John Grinnell, centre manager of the Dolphin Shopping Centre, said: “We’re delighted to be the platinum sponsor of this year’s Maritime Ball. Year after year the event raises huge amounts of money for local charities which provide a great service to people in this area and we hope that our sponsorship is our way of saying thank you for the excellent services they provide.”

To book a place, please visit The event includes a three course dinner with a Champagne and gin Reception and wines on the tables. Tickets start at £80.00 for an individual ticket to £650.00 for a table of 10. Corporate business tables are available at £1000.00 for a table of 10.



Poole BID working with students on Town Centre Project


Poole Business Improvement District (BID) is delighted to announce the launch of their collaborative project with the Arts University Bournemouth. From an initial meeting in August 2016 with AUB Architecture, Councillor Mohan Iyengar and Architect David Segelman working as part of the Poole BID team.

As a starting point AUB Architecture have designed and made a 1:200 scale model of the entire BID area including Poole High Street, the Old Town and Poole Quay.

This has been collated together with detailed technical drawing surveys, future visions for Poole, photographs of the existing conditions in Poole and precedent studies of excellent examples of urban regeneration that AUB Architecture have visited.

BID director Gaby Naish said: “Poole has declined both as a retail and visitor destination over the last 20 years and major intervention is needed to reverse this. The BID aims to bring back the traditional life and vitality of the High Street which will attract crowds as in the past. It is exciting to have this opportunity to work with such talented students.”

This work is part of Music Architecture Poole [MAP 2016] which exhibited at the Gallery in Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts until 11th February, 2017.

The five students who curated the MAP 2016 and led the AUB collaboration with Poole BID and coordinated work from second and third year students since the summer of 2016 are;

Anete Egle, Oddur Gunnarsson Bauer, Jacob Palmer, Adam Radwanski and Elizabeth Winchester.

There was also further student assistance from: Samuel Reece, Robert Pratt and Mensun Yellowlees Bound.

The students were excited to be involved and added their thoughts regarding the project.

Adam Radwanski:

“The overall element of exhibition has driven the projects included within to meet a certain standard, such that the public become interested in the works displayed as well as inviting them to interact directly. This is significantly apparent with the 1:200 model of Poole for BID, the model has allowed people to view and understand the whole town from a completely unique perspective, like never. It already appears apparent how well this model achieves its’ goal of starting conversation and debate concerning the improvement of Poole. Therefore, this piece can easily be considered as a tool to show weaknesses in the town as well as being able to be adjusted to show potential improvement strategies.”

Elizabeth Winchester:

“The collaboration between the Arts University Bournemouth and Poole BID has enhanced the Music Architecture Poole (MAP) exhibition, which displays second year work from the BA (Hons) Architecture course. Several new opportunities have become available to the MAP team, including new skills and the development of our Curatorship. It has been an inspiring experience to date, which will be continued in the work with Poole BID to provide a new perspective over Poole. This can be seen in the work displayed at the exhibition in The Lighthouse, that invites everyone to have an opinion on the future developments of the area they live and work in.”

Oddur Gunnarsson Bauer:

“Having the opportunity to work with Poole BID has given us as degree students the opportunity to work on something tangible, something that will have an impact in the real world and that on its own is a very valuable experience to take with us into the working environment once we graduate. Task such as the completion of a 1:200 model of the BID area has also given us a level of understanding of the area which was previously unattained and the model can be used as a tool to gain a deeper understanding of the area, not just for us as students of Architecture, but also the people living in Poole.”

Anete Egle:

“The MAP exhibition offers a unique perspective on Poole’s built environment both in terms of what is currently existing and what it could potentially offer. A series of 1:50 technical drawings document in detail the ground conditions while a substantial 1:200 plywood model highlights Poole’s pros and cons and can be used as a tool for change. Overall, co-curating the exhibition alongside helping Poole BID has been an invaluable experience in understanding Poole’s architecture and future urban strategies. “

Jacob Palmer:

“I think the success of the model lies within the sheer size of it. In the sense that someone can view Poole in a way they have never done before. It puts the good and the bad elements of Poole into perspective causing constructive conversations between those who view it.”

AUB Architecture are looking forward to continuing their collaboration with Poole BID in the upcoming next phases of its plans and strategies.

David Segelman, Director of Red Chilli Architects and from Poole Bid commented “it was clear that the Town Centre was facing increasing competition from neighbouring towns and cities and that the economic, leisure and cultural heart of the Borough needed to be reinvigorated and make long term plans for rejuvenation. Through this partnership with the AUB, Poole BID is actively looking at enabling change, and improving the offering of Poole Town Centre.”

The BID has already started on some major projects from their ambitious business plan and BID Manager Carlie Palmer commented “This is a major look at the BID area and how we can monitor progress. The students have been amazing to work with and have also provided a detailed survey of the full BID area showing current condition.

Channa Vithana AUB & Poole BID discussion at Lighthouse Gallery 26 January 2017

We are also working on Christmas 2017 and major projects such as BID area WIFI and Cost savings for our levy payers. Watch this space as we have loads of projects we are soon to launch.”

Press Contact Carlie Palmer 07525 752471


Poole BID Welcomes New Director for Area 6

Poole Business Improvement District (BID) is delighted to announce the appointment of a New Director. Joanne Bateman Owner of Quayside Emporium on Poole Quay was voted onto the board at January’s board meeting.

Joanne is excited about joining the Board of the Poole Business Improvement District saying “This is an exciting time and being part of this new BID is a challenge I welcome being part of and I am hoping that I can enhance the opportunities for all the businesses within the area.”

Jo went on to say “I will be able to present an alternative voice to the improvement of an area I grew up in. I have raised my family here and it has been my home all my life. I worked as a supermarket manager for twenty years close to the area previously, plus working in social services. Now I am even more passionate about Poole, having owned my own business here for the last 18 months. My business, Quayside Emporium, is a family run business, which welcomes people from the whole community, also allowing dogs and having great disabled access. We have up to 100 traders from the local community, all trading under one roof. This allows me to speak with many people from the area, giving me a good idea of what the community wants and the changes needed.”

Joanne Bateman from Quayside Emporium appointed Area 6 representative

Joanne Bateman from Quayside Emporium appointed Area 6 representative

BID Chair Jonathan Sibbett commented “We are so pleased to welcome another strong voice to the Board and look forward to working with Jo on this a great time to be part of the future of Poole. The BID is a fantastic opportunity to improve Poole and for businesses to work together. I think it is vital that we remember how lucky we are to be in Poole, we have many assets such as the beautiful Poole Harbour, fantastic tourism group and a great community. Working as a collective will bring the vibrancy back to Poole.”

The BID has already started on some major projects from their ambitious business plan and BID Manager Carlie Palmer commented “Jo is a great addition to the BID board. We are already working on Christmas 2017 and major projects such as BID area WIFI and Cost savings for our levy payers. Watch this space as we have loads of projects we are soon to launch.”