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A Christmas Extravaganza Comes To Poole

 

A fun-filled schedule of festive events is planned for this year’s Poole Christmas Extravaganza which will take place throughout Poole town centre and Poole Quay over four days, starting on Thursday, November 30 until Sunday, December 3.Poole Christmas Extravaganza

In partnership with Poole BID, the Christmas Extravaganza will see a jam-packed calendar of entertainment; including several viewings of the Water Fountain Laser Projection Show coming to Poole for the first time this year, fireworks, three stages of live music, a winter bar and a Christmas tree light switch on at both Poole Quay and Falkland Square.

On Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 a Christmas market on Poole Quay will showcase traditional Christmas trade stands with exclusive gift items available to purchase.

The Extravaganza’s schedule is bursting with entertainment and activities sure to get you in the Christmas spirit including a visit from the man himself, Santa Claus, who will arrive on a City Cruises’ boat to Poole Quay at 11.00am on Sunday, December 3. Santa will parade through Poole on his Christmas train, joined by The Mayor of Poole Councillor Lindsay Wilson and the stars of the Lighthouse’s panto performance of Cinderella. Santa’s procession will start at Poole Quay, moving towards Old Orchard and then through the High Street to Falkland Square.

Les Robertson, Poole BID manager, said: “Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza is going to be a spectacle to behold this year with plenty of live entertainment and lights galore. There truly will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Other seasonal activities and festive competitions with fantastic prizes to be won, also organised by Poole BID, will take place throughout December, but Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza will be held over four days starting on Thursday, November 30.”

For further information about Poole’s Christmas Extravaganza and to see a full list of entertainment visit: www.poolebid.com/news-events/ or follow Poole BID on social media for live updates.

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Small Business Saturday – Have you Signed Up?

Godfrey’s a Happy Dog.
His Local Pet Shop Marshalls Pet Store has signed up for Small Business Saturday on 2nd December 2017. Have you?

Independent businesses across Poole are preparing to celebrate ‘Small Business Saturday’ on 2 December 2017 with offers and deals to encourage people to support their local small shops and brands.

Cllr Janet Walton, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole with ‘local resident’, Godfrey, the dog outside his local pet store Marshalls Pet Food Store located in Ashley Cross, Poole

Cllr Janet Walton, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole with ‘local resident’, Godfrey, the dog outside his local pet store Marshalls Pet Food Store located in Ashley Cross, Poole

Godfrey, the dog, is a happy hound, as his local shop Marshall’s Pet Food Store in Ashley Cross, Poole has pledged to take part.

Emma Marshall, Owner of Marshalls Pet Food Store said: “We are celebrating our sixth year in business here in Ashley Cross. Small Business Saturday is a great platform for a small business such as ours to raise their profile and boost footfall in the lead up to Christmas.”

Borough of Poole together with Poole BID (Poole Business Improvement District) are delighted to support Small Business Saturday, helping boost the local economy with a campaign to encourage people to shop locally on the day and all year round.

Cllr Janet Walton, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, said: “We are keen to support our small business sector on this important day in the shopping calendar. It is a great opportunity for small organisations and local retailers to showcase their business as well as provide shoppers with fun activities and great deals.”

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: “Small shops and independent businesses are the heartbeat of our local economy and community. We are thrilled to support them and enable them to thrive across our high streets and shopping parades. It’s an opportunity for them to promote their businesses and to put them on the map by encouraging people to buy local!”

If you run a small business in the Poole area – shop, café, pub or other business and you want to promote your business to shoppers and customers now is the time to sign up! Download the Small Business Saturday toolkit for free signs, posters and other marketing materials to help plan and customise your promotions.

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Calling All Traders!

Poole BID are running this years Christmas Market on Poole Quay. It’s a 2 day event on Saturday 2nd 10am – 8pm and Sunday 3rd December 10am – 5pm, and aims to create a festive and fun atmosphere around Santa’s Arrival to the town on the Sunday. Last years one day event was a huge success and expanding it to 2 days seemed like the logical step!

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If you are a trader, a maker, a producer, an artist, an artisan… etc, then we need you! We will provide you with a perfect platform to showcase your brand and products (new or established) to the public, trade and visitors. It’s the perfect location and event to showcase your business, your products and your Christmas spirit!

Download the application form here…

CHRISTMAS Exhibitor Application Form 2

And send it to les@poolebid.com as soon as possible to reserve your space.
If you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Les on 01202 308800.

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Cllr Janet Walton, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole displaying merchandise in On the Green Interiors located in Ashley Cross

Putting Poole’s small businesses on the map

Borough of Poole together with Poole Business Improvement District (Poole BID) are delighted to support ‘Small Business Saturday’ on Saturday 2 December 2017, helping boost the local economy with a campaign to encourage people to shop locally on the day and all year round.

Megan Noble, Cllr Janet Walton, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, James Irvine and Brenden Frankham promoting their paint range in On the Green Interiors located in Ashley Cross

Megan Noble, Cllr Janet Walton, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, James Irvine and Brenden Frankham promoting their paint range in On the Green Interiors located in Ashley Cross

Small businesses are central to the continued health and vibrancy of our local economy and Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to celebrate and support small shops and independent businesses across the borough by encouraging people to shop locally.

Councillor Janet Walton, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, said: “We are keen to support our small business sector on this important day in the shopping calendar. It is a great opportunity for small organisations and local retailers to showcase their business as well as provide shoppers with fun activities and great deals in the lead up to Christmas.”

Cllr Janet Walton, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole displaying merchandise in On the Green Interiors located in Ashley Cross

Cllr Janet Walton, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole displaying merchandise in On the Green Interiors located in Ashley Cross

If you run a small business in Poole or Bournemouth – shop, café, pub or other business and you want to promote your business to shoppers and customers now is the time to sign up! Click here to download the Small Business Saturday toolkit for free signs, posters and other marketing materials to help plan, customise and launch your promotions.

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Volcano win the Big Clean Window Competition!

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The Volcano team enjoying the amazing Pizza at The Stable!

Congratulations to Volcano Jewellery (113 High Street) who won the competition of the ‘Best Dressed Window’ during the Poole BID Big Spring Clean! The Spring Clean, held back in May, encouraged all businesses to clean up their frontage and dress up their windows in time for the International Maritime Festival that was held in the town.

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Volcano, the lucky winners, won restaurant vouchers and chose to go to The Stable (2 High Street) on Thursday night with the team! Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who got involved in this years ‘Big Spring Clean!’

Volcano Jewellery is an independent jewellery shop in Poole High Street, specialising in silver and costume jewellery. They were established in 1989 and have won awards for their displays and customer service. They are open 7 days a week and are well worth a visit and a browse!

 

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BID Directors and friends during this years Big Spring Clean

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Poole BID are proud to announce the launch of the new BID Ambassadors!

Poole BID have partnered with ‘The Welcome People’ to fulfil this high profile role and achieve one of the main aims from the Business Plan. They will be in post in time for the busy Christmas period and are designed to be a welcome, a resource and a monitoring tool.

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‘The Welcome People’ will offer a Poole-specific visitor welcome and street management service with “Passion, Experience, and Accountability.” They will have 4 main focuses on the street; Visitor Welcome; BID Member Liaison; Environmental Reporting; and Intelligence Reporting.

Visitor Welcome
Liveried up to be eye catching and approachable, the Ambassadors will provide a welcoming face and a roaming information service to visitors. Promoting local events, attractions, providing directions and answering any questions visitors or locals may have. The idea is that this will increase dwell time, encourage greater use of the BID area as a whole and change perceptions of the High Street.

BID member liaison
A direct contact for all BID members based directly in the BID area every day. The Ambassadors will be fully aware of the Business Plan and current progress of projects and be able to report in real time directly to the businesses. A quick and useful means of communication and the opportunity to be kept fully informed at regular intervals through scheduled regular visits to all BID members and areas. Also giving the opportunity for the businesses to tell the Ambassadors of any special promotion or event they have going on which they can relay to the visitors they meet.

Environmental reporting
Reporting problems, maintenance issues, licensing breaches, safety concerns etc directly from the street to the Council or other responsible authorities when an issue is identified. They will then be responsible for chasing the report through to completion. The aim is to provide a seamless joined up service to all those accountable for the BID area.

Intelligence Reporting
To report and track ASB, liaising with the Police and other agencies in a bid to tackle the problem head on. They will use the collected data to monitor and report back on trends and ensure Poole is treated as a priority for resources.

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Recruitment and training will all be carried out locally, starting with a rigorous interview process and a 10 week induction to the role. Regular training will take place thereafter and all Ambassadors will be subject to a 6 monthly review and mystery shopping experiences as part of their ongoing assessments.

The Ambassadors will carry a PDA device to enable the BID manager to access real time information and monitor what effect the Ambassadors have whilst also allowing them to have access to apps, maps and other data a visitor may require.

Les Robertson, Poole BID manager said “I am really excited and passionate about the Ambassador project. I think they will make a real difference to the town and be an invaluable tool for the BID. In consultation for the Business Plan it was clear that the perception of Poole is far from the reality, I hope the Ambassadors can go a long way to making visitors feel welcome, safe and secure.”

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Les Robertson takes over as Poole BID Manager

Poole Business Improvement District (BID) are pleased to announce the appointment of Les Robertson as BID Manager from August 2017.

Les has a wide array of knowledge and skills within the catering and retail sector and has strong links to Poole through his retail management career with Toys R Us, Maplin and Game. He has joined us from a Commercial Director role at SandyBalls Holiday Village in the New Forest.

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On announcement of his appointment, Les commented “I am very much looking forward to being responsible for delivering results from the business plan for the levy payers. Poole is such a great town and has so much to offer. I look forward to getting out and meeting the BID levy payers and working together to deliver the business plan.”

Poole BID Chair Jonathan Sibbett commented “We are delighted to welcome Les to our team here in Poole. We are all passionate about Poole and feel Les can bring the business plan to fruition working closely with the Board, business owners and operators within the BID district.”

To contact Les please email les@poolebid.com or call him on 01202 308800.

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FREE training course for ALL employees in the BID area

Poole BID are offering you FREE Security in Retail training!

When: Tuesday 24th October, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Venue TBC dependent on numbers but within Poole Town Centre
Who: Every employee within the Poole BID area

Partnering with Best 2 Train, Poole BID are offering all employees of BID businesses the opportunity to attend a one day course covering Security in Retail absolutely free. This course aims to provide employees within the retail sector a heightened awareness needed to deal with common situations that may arise within the workplace and the methods of dealing with situations within the parameters of the law.

The one day Tutor led course covers:
• Roles and Responsibilities
• Patrolling
• Access controls
• Searching
• Security and Emergency Systems
• Civil and Criminal Law
• Recognising and Avoiding Conflict
• Dealing with Violence and Unacceptable Behaviour
• Communications and Reporting
• Identifying ‘Would be Offenders’
• Alarms and Surveillance

Achievements
Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will be awarded with in-house certification.

Progression
Information, advice and guidance will be provided to candidates wishing to further their learning by accessing courses and activities including SIA Retail Guarding which is a requirement for those undertaking licensable roles within the retail security industry.

Please RSVP to lin.manners@best2train.co.uk no later than Tuesday 17th October 2017 if you would like to attend.

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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!

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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.