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Vote YES for continued investment into Bournemouth

Vote YES for continued investment into Bournemouth

Dear members,

As you may be aware, both Bournemouth’s Coastal and Town Centre Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are currently up for renewal. Bournemouth Chamber of Commerce urges all our levy-paying members who are eligible to vote to remember to submit their vote as soon as possible. All votes must be sent by post and cannot be submitted digitally.

Should both BIDs gain renewal, in the next five years there will be over £6million investment from the BIDs into Bournemouth which will benefit all Bournemouth businesses and the Bournemouth area. This will only be possible through your yes vote and the collective investment from all eligible businesses.

The strategic objectives of each BID include:

  • Increase the number of people visiting Bournemouth
  • Reduce the number of empty shop units
  • Help businesses to grow and develop
  • Encourage people to explore Bournemouth’s unique areas
  • Improve and develop the unique identity of each distinct area within Bournemouth

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce firmly supports both BIDs and encourages all our eligible members to continue collectively investing through the BIDs into the development of Bournemouth for the benefit of both our businesses and our community alike.

You can view both the Bournemouth Coastal BID & Bournemouth Town Centre Business Plans by clicking the links below:

Bournemouth Coastal BID Business Plan

Bournemouth Town Centre BID Business Plan

How to Vote

To cast your vote, return your completed ballot papers by post to Electoral Reform Services at 33 Clarendon Road, London, N8 ONW by 5 pm on Thursday 1st June 2017, using the envelope provided with the ballot papers. All votes must be submitted via post as there is no online alternative.


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New Coastal BID Manager appointed.

Stephan Bournemouth BID

The Bournemouth Coastal Business Improvement District (BID) has just announced the appointment of Stefan Krause as its new BID Manager.

With the retirement of the current BID Manager, Alun Williams, later this year, Stefan will be joining the BID on 5 May to ensure that there is a comprehensive handover period. Stefan joins the Coastal BID with a vast range of experience having just taken the Plymouth BID through a successful renewal ballot which saw a 70% vote in favour of extending the BID for a third, five year term, announced last week.

Paul Clarke, Chairman of the Coastal BID said, “The interview panel was very impressed by Stefan’s experience in both Business Improvement Districts and Town Centre Management.  He led a successful campaign for the first Scottish BID in Inverness and has just helped businesses in Plymouth to take their BID into a third term.  With the Coastal BID looking to renew here in 2016/17, we felt he was the ideal candidate.”

Stefan Krause added, “I will be sad to leave Plymouth.  I was brought in on a fixed term contract and feel that I have brought this to a very successful conclusion.  I was really taken with Bournemouth when I came for my interview.  The town felt vibrant and the Board seemed to have a real grasp of what BIDs are all about.  I am looking forward to moving to Bournemouth to take up this new role.”

Before being brought in as BID Manager in Plymouth, Stefan was Town Centre Manager in Skegness where he helped set up the East Lincolnshire Destination Management Organisation and attracted a number of externally match funded projects.

In Inverness he led a successful campaign which saw the city become the first Scottish Business Improvement District.  Stefan moved to the UK from Germany in 2006 after a series of managerial roles in the service sector including retail, hotels and events, as well as town centre management.

For further information please contact:  Alun Williams   07974 565019  in the first instance.

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AFC away stand transformation.

AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth’s away stand at Vitality Stadium has received a Premier League makeover, thanks to local artist Miroslav Lucan, Bournemouth Coastal Business Improvement District (BID) and Bournemouth Council.

Over 25,000 visiting away fans pass through the stand each year in order to access pitch side seating.  The indoor stand area has received its transformation after the Coastal BID and Bournemouth Council used a local artist, Miroslav Lucan and digitalised some of his artwork to showcase all that Bournemouth has to offer to away fans in eye catching, innovative artwork which now adorns the walls.

The art work tells the story of Bournemouth’s assets including its stunning coastline, Victorian gardens, the Air Festival, the two piers, beach activities and the balloon in the gardens.  It also includes and hints at the businesses in the area including the two universities, hotels and Russell Coates Museum.

Miroslav commented, “It was great to create yet another piece of art relating to Bournemouth, the place I have called home for over a decade now, it’s very close to my heart.  The artwork reflects my passion for the area and I thoroughly enjoyed creating this special piece which shows all the different activities happening in this eventful town,”

Coastal BID Chairman, Paul Clarke advised, “We are delighted at the impact that been made to the stand. Most football fans only come to Bournemouth as day visitors in order to watch the Premier League football matches.  We were really keen to engage with the fans and showcase, in the football environment, what Bournemouth has to offer and entice them to return to the town on another occasion.”

AFC Bournemouth Chairman, Jeff Mostyn enthused, “This is a brilliant opportunity for us to showcase Bournemouth to the Premier League audience that regularly visit Vitality Stadium. It’s important to us that Bournemouth as a town can see the benefit of our success on the pitch, and hopefully this will go some way to encouraging people to make the most of everything we have to offer.”

Cllr Lawrence Williams, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and the Arts added, “The installation looks fantastic and has totally changed the appearance and feel of this area. Miroslav has created a lively piece of art using the strong colours associated with the AFC Bournemouth brand.  We hope that visiting fans will take note of the images and be tempted to come and visit our beautiful town which most certainly deserves its reputation as a world class resort.”

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Nikki joins the Coastal BID team.

Nikki joins Coastal BID

Nikki Parker has joined the busy Coastal Business Improvement District (BID) in the role of Operations Executive.

Having previously worked in marketing roles, Nikki brings with her a wealth of experience in digital, social media and events marketing.

BID levy payers will receive support from Nikki with their brand awareness, in particularly through social media platforms. She will also be a point of contact in the office for any business queries and support.

Nikki advised, “I am really looking forward to enhancing the on line marketing and promotion of Coastal BID businesses in and around Bournemouth in order that we can gain the maximum benefit from locally based events and activities.”

Paul Clarke, Coastal BID Chairman and General Manager of the Bournemouth Hallmark West Cliff Hotel added, “We are delighted to welcome Nikki to the Coastal BID team.  She will pro actively identify events that encourage staying visitors to the Bournemouth area and lead on various different BID funded projects and tasks.”

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Westbourne is the place to be in Summer 2017

Summer has definitely arrived in Westbourne and the unique urban village is feeling the summer vibe and getting ready to celebrate its Summer Festival which takes place from Monday 8th – Sunday 14th August.

A packed programme of events and entertainment, taking place at a wide variety of venues over the week, is being promoted far and wide.  The aim is to ensure that locals, tourists and visitors to the town are tempted to visit the thriving village which is full of unique, independent and quirky shops, bars and restaurants.

Promotion of the festival is being funded by the Coastal Business Improvement District (BID).  Paul Clarke, Coastal BID Chairman and General Manager of the Bournemouth Hallmark West Cliff Hotel enthused, “We want people to come and discover what a vibrant place Westbourne is and a great place to come and shop, eat or relax with friends. There is so much going on over the week, ranging from a quiz nights, a Latin Garden Fiesta, menu tasters, lots of live music, DJ’s, BBQ’s, film nights and more! Camden Bar will be hosting ‘Camden Vintage’ on the Saturday and showcasing 50’s vintage clothing, accessories, vinyl and live music.

“On Saturday 13th August Westbourne will be hosting a Busking Bonanza competition which will take place at 3 different ‘busking stops’ in Westbourne, with 9 buskers competing to win cash prizes.  We are urging people to come and enjoy the musical vibe and judge who they think should win.”

Paul advised, “There are free daily craft activities taking place at Westbourne Library for children and childrens’ films being shown at 11am each day at the Colosseum Cinema in the arcade, the UK’s smallest cinema.  “We have launched a ‘summer scene’ drawing competition for children with the opportunity to win one of two iPad Minis.  The competition will run throughout August and there will be two age categories; 7 years and under and 8 – 13years.  Competition entry forms can be picked up from Westbourne Post Office, downloaded from the Discover Westbourne web site at or drawings can simply be uploaded to the Facebook competition post  We are hoping that the prizes will make a very nice summer holiday souvenir for our winners!”

Concluding, Paul commented, “Come and discover Westbourne this summer.  There really is something for everyone, you won’t be disappointed!  Take a look at the web site for the programme of events and special offers.”

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