Poole Town Centre businesses gathered at the Dolphin Shopping Centre on Thursday June 25 to have their views heard, and learn more about the proposed Business Improvement District (BID).
Local town businesses discovered how a BID scheme in Poole could help to provide new opportunities, increasing the vitality and viability of the town.
Guest speakers, Steve Townsend from Weston-super-Mare BID and Stefan Krause from Bournemouth Coastal BID, talked to the audience about their BIDs and how their schemes have delivered benefits to their businesses. These schemes include a street warden service, high profile events and promotions and cost saving initiatives to reduce business overheads.
Guests asked questions, and gave their opinions about what they would like to see delivered by a Poole BID for the town. A lively discussion was held covering all aspects of how a BID could work in Poole.
Jonathan Sibbett, chairman of Poole Town Centre Partnership Board, said: “This BID is all about the local Poole businesses being given a democratic voice and influence over what happens in our town. If successful, the BID will give businesses the opportunity to plan, and provide long term strategies to help them thrive.
“The evening’s discussion is just the start of the consultation process. We need to speak with as many of of the businesses from the high street, quay and town centre as possible, answering questions and listening to their priorities and what they want from the proposed BID.”