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Poole BID hold first open evening!

Poole BID hold first open evening!

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.img_9603

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

Some of the Directors at the event

Some of the Directors at the event

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