An owner of a Poole business has explained his reasons for backing the proposed BID which is looking to revitalise the town centre.

Mark Heffer, proprietor of the Custom House situated on Poole Quay, spoke to the Daily Echo about the importance of businesses within Poole Town Centre uniting to give their views which will shape the business plan and drive the objectives of the BID.

Mark said: “By coming together to provide our opinions during these consultations, businesses within Poole are being empowered. We need to take control of our own fortunes to help drive the town towards a more fruitful future.”

The proposed BID could generate £330,000 per year, together with potential match funding, to provide additional improvements, attractions and projects selected by the business community to rejuvenate the town centre.

A long-standing Dorset brand has also come out in support of the proposed BID. Manager of Purbeck Pottery Phil Barnes highlighted the need for local businesses to work together to raise the profile of Poole as a destination town to attract other companies into the area.

Phil commented: “Poole has a great heritage but to guarantee its future in this digital age, it is down to our local businesses to decide what we feel is lacking in the town centre and to look to provide it to help attract customers and visitors back into Poole.

“If everybody backs the BID as a group, we could raise the profile of Poole, attract some quality retailers and make Poole an exciting retail experience, not just a place with great views.”

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