Poole businesses say yes to a brighter future

Poole businesses say yes to a brighter future

Poole town businesses voted a resounding ‘yes’ to implementing a Business Improvement District (BID) in the town.

In a recent ballot more than two thirds of businesses in the Poole BID area (which includes the Quay, High Street, Dolphin Shopping Centre and adjacent streets) voted to support an exciting new programme of initiatives to improve the town centre of Poole.

The results showed that of the businesses that voted a majority of 68 per cent were in favour, which also represented 68 per cent of the rateable value – a resounding endorsement for the scheme.

Now the BID has received a ‘yes’ vote, it will be funded by a 1.5% levy on most businesses in the designated area. The levy will raise approximately £330,000 each year of the BID period, totalling £1.65m over five years.

The BID will be managed and delivered by an independent not-for-profit company, and members of the Poole Town Centre Partnership steering group (PTCP) will oversee and manage the set-up of this new BID Company. PTCP is calling on all levy-paying businesses to come forward to register their interest to join the new BID board of directors.

Once elected, the new BID board will be responsible for delivering the projects outlined in the BID business plan to budget, in a timely manner and to a high standard.
An action plan to deliver the projects will be a priority for the new BID Company.

Chairman of Poole Town Centre Partnership board, Jonathan Sibbett, said: “We’re delighted with this extremely positive outcome. We’ve seen BIDs work to benefit other towns across the country, so we’re pleased that the rate payers of Poole have chosen to support a BID for their town.

“Any levy-paying business can come forward to be a part of the new BID Company board of directors. For anyone that wants to make a difference and is committed to the task of delivering an exciting programme of improvement for Poole, please get in touch. An action plan to deliver the projects is now a top priority to sort out some of the short, medium and long term activities.”

Helen Challis, partner of Quay Holidays and Quay Living, said: “This resounding yes vote is fantastic news for Poole. The BID will bring a host of businesses together, from small independents to large multi-nationals, to improve the area. The BID business plan has been drawn-up following extensive consultation over the past nine months, so it really does reflect the viewpoints of the businesses in Poole. This offers us an exciting opportunity to plan for the future of the town, to reinvigorate and revitalise it.”

Councillor Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Borough of Poole, said: “We are delighted with this positive news. The council is behind this project and we are keen to support and drive the businesses of Poole forward with their new BID.”

To find out about becoming a part of the new BID Company please call: 01202 649433 or visit: http://poolebid.com/

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“Speak up or miss out”

“Speak up or miss out”

Poole retailers urged to have say this week on their draft BID plan

Following an extensive consultation process the draft plan for Poole’s proposed Business Improvement District (BID) is set to be launched this Thursday November 12.

Thursday’s meeting, 6pm in the Dolphin Shopping Centre, will provide retailers and business owners from across the designated BID area with a last chance to comment on the ideas outlined in the plan.

Over the past few months BID organiser, Poole Town Centre Partnership, has hosted a series of consultation events and meetings, as well as face-to-face discussions with local businesses to give them the chance to share their opinions on what they would like to see in the plan, which will help to shape the future of their town.

If successful, this plan will be delivered over the next five years across the BID area, including the Quay, High Street, Dolphin Shopping Centre and all streets within these locations. A BID scheme could generate £330,000 per year, with the potential to double that figure, to help the town to thrive and flourish.

The draft plan incorporates the key elements that local businesses most wanted to see; highlights include:

–          A marketing strategy, prioritising the use of digital marketing

–          A large scale, annual, public event to attract visitors from across the region

–          The introduction of free Wi-Fi across the designated area

–          Installation of large LED screens on each side of the rail crossing to include images of the town, a news and weather feed, and the opportunity for BID members to advertise special offers and promotions

–          An imaginative  plan to improve the look and feel of the High Street

After this Thursday’s event, the plan will be finalised. In February 2016 local businesses will be sent a postal vote to decide if Poole wants to have a BID, and an opportunity to make the step change Poole really needs.

Commenting on the draft plan, Jonathan Sibbett chairman of Poole Town Centre Partnership board said: “After months of discussions it’s exciting to have got to this stage where we’re able to share the draft plan. We’ve been out and about listening to what the business community of Poole would like to see in their town, and we’re looking forward to sharing our thoughts with them. This meeting will provide the BID voters with the chance to comment on the proposal document before the plan is finalised in a few weeks. It will then be up to them to cast their votes in February next year – they will decide if Poole will have a BID for the next five years.”

Rosemarie, manager of McDonalds adds: “McDonalds supports the Poole BID! A better connected, organised and marketed town will clearly boost business and benefit everyone. As a hospitality business we can see how it would benefit our customers, for instance through greater investment into the look of the High Street. In the current climate it is critical for local businesses to pull together to promote and enhance Poole, it is unfair to expect the Council to do it for us and the BID will give us, the businesses, a coherent voice and influence as the funds raised would support the services we provide. Together we can make a real difference.”

Tim Bennett, one of the owners and directors of Specsavers comments: “For me, personally and as a business owner, Poole town centre would absolutely benefit from a Business Improvement District. I was involved with one of the early BIDs while working with a small restaurant group in London’s West End, where I experienced first-hand the vast difference the delivery of cleaner, safer areas and improved street lighting made to visitors. As a small operator, we definitely noticed the benefit and I genuinely believe a well-supported BID would breathe new life into the town centre.”

Keep up-to-date with news and give your views via Twitter: https://twitter.com/BIDPoole and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Poole-BID/1656653974565020

Poole businesses are urged to come along to make their views heard this Thursday November 12, 6pm at the Dolphin Centre. This plan will affect every business in Poole town, so it is vitally important that those who will vote and pay for the scheme come along to hear what is proposed and to comment on what has been suggested so far.

Final say to make a difference to the future of Poole

Poole Town Centre businesses have a final chance to shape their business plan for the proposed Business Improvement District (BID) at area consultation meetings on 14 and 15 September.

As the detailed consultation process draws to a close, the area meetings offer businesses the opportunity to hear what their peers hope to achieve through the BID for their area, and to ensure these objectives reflect their own.

Key dates for consultation meetings –

Area 1, The Dolphin Shopping Centre and High Street North: Monday September 14, 6pm, The Dolphin Shopping Centre (110 Dolphin Centre, Poole, BH15 1SZ)

Area 2, Poole Train line to North Street: Tuesday September 15, 12 noon, The Dolphin Shopping Centre (110 Dolphin Centre, Poole, BH15 1SZ)

Area 3, Upper High Street / Chapel Lane: Monday September 14, 10am or 2pm, Town Centre Partnership office (30 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BP)

Area 4, Central High Street: Monday September 14, 10am or 2pm, Town Centre Partnership office (30 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BP)

Area 5, Old Town: Tuesday September 15, 4pm, Blue Boar (29 Market Close, Poole BH15 1NE)

Area 6, Poole Quay: Tuesday September 15, 5pm, Thistle Hotel (The Quay, Poole, BH15 1HD)

The Partnership is happy for businesses to attend whenever they can to any session. Businesses can also arrange individual appointments through Poole Town Centre’s manager, Hannah Porter, if none of the outlined dates are suitable.

Poole Town Centre Partnership is also encouraging businesses to register their views through the online survey at poolebid.com/have-your-say to guarantee that their voice is heard in helping the town to thrive over the next five years. All input provided will help form the draft BID business plan to be launched this November.

Commenting on the proposed BID, general manager of the Thistle Hotel Poole Jonathan Bowen said: “The Business Improvement District is an integral part of securing the long-term success of Poole and all businesses in the area. By targeting initiatives to bring people into Poole, the BID has immense potential to help the town thrive commercially again.”

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 revitalise the town centre.

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

For further information, to contact your area rep or to fill in the questionnaire and give your views please visit the new website – poolebid.com/ or contact Poole Town Centre’s manager Hannah Porter: [email protected]

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Poole Town Centre businesses back the BID

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.”

For further information, to contact your area rep or to fill in the questionnaire and give your views please visit the new website – poolebid.com or email: [email protected]

Keep up-to-date with news and give your views via Twitter: https://twitter.com/BIDPoole and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Poole-BID/1656653974565020