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Autumn Budget Statement

Helen Challis, Poole BID director and partner of Quay Holidays, commented: “It is no secret that Poole High Street, like many others, has struggled and therefore, this Autumn Budget announcement reducing business rates by a third for all retailers with a rateable value of £51,000 or less is a welcome change for small businesses on the High Street.

“A combination of reduced business rates, improved public realm and greater awareness of what Poole has to offer will help to rejuvenate our town and the BID looks forward to hearing more about the delivery of this additional funding to local areas.

“We are also interested to see how the Future High Streets Funding plans will be implemented, in order for the High Street to thrive it must be future-proofed. The £650million fund must be spent wisely in order to ensure that it creates the most effective plans.”

Poole's Mayor, Cllr Sean Gabriel, takes on the zombies

Poole Zombie Fest takes over the High Street

The town’s first ever Zombie Fest took place in Poole on Saturday, October 27. The free, family-friendly event ran all day, with activities from 10am until late.

More than 300 zombies, ghosts and ghouls took part in the Zombie Parade, rounding off the day’s activities. Running from Falkland Square to Town Quay, and led by the Dolphin Marching Band, families and visitors of all ages were able to show off their costumes.

Attractions on the day included face painting and special effects make-up artists, pumpkin carving workshops, a pop-up escape room, VR games, an arts and crafts bus, provided by Cuddles Nursery, and entertainment from Jamie Jigsaw and Krazy Kev.

Following the day’s activities, Quayside Emporium hosted a free Hallowe’en party for families, and The Project Climbing Centre offered a night of UV climbing, live music and performances from Secret Circus.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, Poole BID manager, commented: “We are so pleased with how the first ever Poole Zombie Fest turned out. The feedback we’ve had so far has been excellent, everyone really seems to have enjoyed the event and we’ll be reviewing everything to see what improvements can be made when we look at planning for Hallowe’en 2019.

“We’ll be announcing the winner of our ‘Worst Dressed Zombie’ competition on social media this Wednesday so be sure to keep an eye out.”

The Poole Zombie Fest is coming for you

Countdown to Poole’s Zombie take over

The town’s first ever Zombie Fest will take place in Poole on Saturday, October 27. The free, family friendly event will run all day, with activities kicking off from 10am.

Attractions on the day include face painting and special effects make-up artists, themed stalls and traders, entertainment for the whole family, and a competition to find the ‘Worst Dressed Zombie’.

Head down the High Street for pumpkin carving workshops, opposite Café Nero, available until 2pm. Workshops are free and will last approximately 15 to 30 minutes – get your own pumpkin to carve and take home ready for Hallowe’en.

A free pop up escape room will be running between 10:30am and 3pm, with sessions bookable in advance on the Poole BID Facebook page and on Eventbrite. Enter ‘Checkpoint Alpha 42: Decontamination Zone’ to find the antidote to save yourself and Patient X.

The main Zombie Parade will gather in Falkland Square, outside the Dolphin Shopping Centre, at 3:30pm. Everyone will set off down the High Street at 4pm, ending up at Town Quay by 4:45pm.

A free bus service, known as Route 666 and provided by morebus, will run from 4pm circling the town between Poole Rail Station and Town Quay for all to use.

Quayside Emporium will be hosting a Hallowe’en party after the event for those looking to stay on Town Quay, complete with themed music, party games, mulled wine and cider, and spooky snacks. Free for all spooks and open 5pm until 8pm.

Alternatively, head to The Project Climbing Centre, located in Dolphin Shopping Centre, for a Blacklight UV Zombie Climbing Party. Running from 6pm until 11pm the event features live music from The Chicken Brothers, Diamond Faces will be providing UV face and body paint, and The Lookout Café will be running a bar in the main hall.

Tickets can be booked on Facebook and Eventbrite, ranging from free (for those not climbing, and the Project’s monthly and annual members) to £12 for non-members who would like to climb. There is a limit of one alcoholic drink per person if you wish to climb on the night.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, Poole BID manager, commented: “The final preparations are now underway ahead of the event. We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone into the High Street for the day, there’s so much to do for people of all ages we’re sure that everyone will have a fantastic time.”

Poole BID Welcome Ambassadors Sarah and David

Poole High Street shortlisted in national award recognition

Poole High Street has been shortlisted as part of The Great British High Street Awards, sponsored by Visa.

To be shortlisted, the town had to showcase exemplary details in the following four categories:

  • Community – demonstrating the strength of the local community, initiatives, community & charitable programmes, and businesses that give back to the community through employment, skills and training.
  • Customer Experience – how the high street has improved, accessibility for disabled people, and providing more opportunities for people to interact and connect.
  • Environment – showcasing how the high street protects or improves the local environment, initiatives to improve sustainability and repairing the high street/improving aesthetics.
  • Digital Transformation – using digital connectivity, developing websites and apps, providing digital skills training to businesses and using these efforts to boost the high street experience.

The application was submitted in August by the Poole Business Improvement District (BID), and the Visa Great British High Street Award street team visited Poole in September for a tour around the high street and to engage with locals and visitors to highlight the awards.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, Poole BID manager, commented: “We are all incredibly proud of everything that Poole has achieved in the last 18 months, and while there’s still improvements to be made it’s great to be honoured on this national level. We’d like to encourage the public to show their support by posting on social media using the following hashtags – #GBHSPoole and #MyHighStreet – as public votes count towards the final outcome.”

Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday, 31 October. Visit for more details.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, BID Manager, Andy Byatt, Titan Leathercraft, Adam Keen, morebus, Jonathan Sibbett, Sibbett Gregory

New chairman and director for Poole BID

Poole BID has announced the appointment of Adam Keen as the new chairman for the organisation, and welcomes a new director to its management board.

Adam Keen, general manager of morebus, said: “I am honoured to have become the new chairman of the Poole BID – this is a very important time for the BID and I look forward to ensuring that the business plan is delivered to levy payers within the five-year term. Jonathan has been instrumental in leading the BID thus far, and I will relish the opportunity to take the reins and help plans develop further.”

In addition to this new appointment, Andy Byatt, owner of Titan Leathercraft, has joined the board as a director of Independent Retail. On joining the board, he said: “I’m looking forward to being a part of the board of directors and helping to shape the future of Poole’s high street, making it a progressive and lively place to live and trade.”

The Poole BID continues to be managed by Justin Hundley-Appleton, who took over the role in January of this year.

Justin added: “We’re positive that Adam will bring great leadership to the BID as we head towards the process of re-election in 2021. Jonathan Sibbett gave us a great start to the process and his knowledge and experience of Poole town centre has been valued by every one of us on the board.

“Andy’s experience working on Poole Quay provides us with valuable knowledge and his enthusiasm to get stuck in and help is greatly appreciated.”

To find out about other Poole BID board vacancies please click here.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, BID Manager, Jonathan Sibbett, Sibbett Gregory, Steve the bus driver and Adam Keen, morebus

Route 666 bound for Poole Zombie Fest

Local company morebus has arranged a free Route 666 bus to run during the evening’s festivities of Poole Zombie Fest, taking place in Poole town centre later this month.

Poole Zombie Fest is a free, family-friendly day of spook-tacular activities taking place within Falkland Square, in the Dolphin Shopping Centre on Saturday, October 27, starting from 10am. All visitors are encouraged to wear zombie fancy dress and visit the special effects stand, where experts will be on hand throughout the day to add the perfect finishing touches to their costumes ahead of the day’s festivities.

Adam Keen, general manager of morebus, commented: “We wanted to do something fun for the first ever Poole Zombie Fest and what better way than providing a free of charge route for all the zombies with our own ‘Spooky Steve’ behind the wheel.”

Route 666 will run from 4pm until 12am making stops throughout the town centre starting at Poole Rail Station to Lagland Street (for High Street), Lower High Street, and Poole Quay (Lord Nelson) every 20 minutes, with return journeys back to Poole Rail Station.

The free-to-enter Zombie Parade will begin gathering at Falkland Square at approximately 3:30pm and will travel along the high street to end at Town Quay at 4.45pm. Prizes will be awarded on the day for the ‘Worst Dressed’ zombies.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, BID manager, said: “We’ve got some great things planned for Poole Zombie Fest and are really looking forward to seeing everyone come down and have fun. There really will be something for everyone, no matter what your age.”

For the latest updates follow on Facebook and Twitter using #PooleZombieFest.

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 or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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.



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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.


Seek out Santa Competition Winner

Poole BID and Borough of Poole has announced the winner of Poole’s Small Business Saturday ‘Seek out Santa’ competition. Throughout December ‘Seek out Santa’ Trail finders have been busy exploring local small shops and brands in Poole Town Centre, Ashley Cross, Ashley Road and Broadstone, collecting stickers in a bid to win the prize!

The lucky winner of the Christmas Hamper filled with Dorset goodness from On the Green Interiors, Ashley Cross is Max and Family of Broadstone, Dorset. Congratulations!

James Irvine, On the Green Interiors located in Ashley Cross and Les Robertson, BID Manager, Poole BID picking the winning entry

James Irvine, On the Green Interiors located in Ashley Cross and Les Robertson, BID Manager, Poole BID picking the winning entry

James Irvine, Co-owner of On the Green Interiors said: “We’ve been delighted with the response to the ‘Seek out Santa’ Trail as part of Small Business Saturday. It’s been great to be part of an initiative that highlights local independent brands and shops across Poole and encourages families to explore and chance upon new shops!”

Les Robertson, BID Manager, Poole BID said “Shopping locally is a way of supporting the people who live around you. By shopping, eating and drinking at a local small business, you are helping boost the local economy. Small Business Saturday and the festive activities around Christmas are a key part of our plans to create awareness of what’s on offer in Poole and encourage shoppers into the shops all year round.”

Adrian Trevett, Economic Development Manager, Borough of Poole, added: “Small businesses are vital for the economy of Poole and account for over 95% of our companies. We should all do what we can to support them and this really means spend our money with them!”