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Black Cherry are having a laugh! Bournemouth Coastal BID has hailed Boscombe’s new comedy and music venue as a shot in the arm for the high street. The Black Cherry Theatre close to Sainsbury’s has opened its doors and already is receiving rave reviews. It is delivering a café, licensed bar, comedy, music, theatre, improvisation and rehearsal space – bringing new…Read More >
Pier Approach’s Coastal Vibes returns Fire-breathers and music acts will be performing on Bournemouth’s Pier Approach this Thursday (30th). It is the second Coastal Vibe event funded by Bournemouth Coastal BID and BCP Council’s Festival Coast Live. There will be three stages with numerous acts performing between 4.30pm and 8.30pm. Fiona McArthur from the Coastal BID said: “We’ve tried to…Read More >
Coastal BID helps business fight crimeChairman, Paul Clarke With lockdown restrictions easing Bournemouth Coastal BID has launched an app to help crack down on low-level crime and anti-social behaviour. It will operate across the BID’s areas of Westbourne, West Cliff, East Cliff, Pier Approach, Boscombe, Southbourne, Pokesdown, Tuckton and Hengistbury Head. The Disc app is free to all businesses, not just those who…Read More >
Big BID boost for Boscombe Boscombe has received a major boost with three new retailers opening in the centre of the town. Lifestyle and Mobility is opening a large store in the Sovereign Centre, the supermarket Malinka on the high street is already trading and across the road the Plant Hustler eatery is expanding into a new unit. With the…Read More >
Bournemouth Coastal BID cleans up Boscombe Boscombe town centre is being given deep clean in preparation for the summer season – thanks to Bournemouth Coastal BID. Street cleaners have been jet-washing the high street, removing chewing gum and graffiti and making it look like new. The Coastal BID applied to the Towns Fund and received a grant to enable them to carry…Read More >
BID backs ‘Shopkeepers Campaign’Chairman, Paul Clarke Bournemouth Coastal BID is backing the ‘Shopkeepers Campaign’ which wants to see a cut to business rates to help retailers.…Read More >
Looking for work? We’re hiring. Bournemouth Coastal Business Improvement District (BID) Project Executive Salary: Up to £23,000 (pro rata) Hours: 22.5 hours until 1 July 2021, then full time (40 hours) The Bournemouth Coast is a hugely popular destination boasting 7 miles of beach and a variety of attractions and areas to visit. BIDs are an arrangement whereby businesses come…Read More >
Twinkle twinkle Coastal BID Bournemouth Coastal BID is urging people to get out to its trading areas before Christmas – and has illuminated them to encourage visitors. With uncertainty about whether a lockdown will be enforced in January, traders need all the custom they can get. In Westbourne, the Coastal BID’s levy-payers have funded lights and shopkeepers have done…Read More >
Coastal BID lights up Christmas Bournemouth Coastal BID is urging people to see the lights and get out across its trading areas this Christmas to boost local businesses. The BID has funded and secured Christmas lights across its coastal communities from Tuckton to Westbourne. Despite the pandemic and lockdowns, the BID has been ensuring there is something to attract visitors.…Read More >
Coastal BID disappointed with Tier approachChairman, Paul Clarke Bournemouth Coastal BID said it was disappointed its seven trading areas have been placed in Tier 2, but is urging people to get out and support local businesses. Only Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and Isles of Scilly have been placed in Tier 1 with the majority of the country in the second tier, which…Read More >
Buy local or bye local Bournemouth Coastal BID is urging people across its seven ‘villages’ to check whether local businesses are selling online before clicking on Amazon. Many retailers as well as pubs, restaurants and others can take orders online, via text, through Messenger and in various other ways. Without customers many of them could fail, and the run-up to…Read More >
We want a Minister for HospitalityChairman, Paul Clarke Bournemouth Coastal BID is throwing its support behind a campaign to have a dedicated Minister for Hospitality in the government. The BID, which represents the coastal region from Tuckton to Westbourne, is dependent on the hospitality sector more than most. With the brief summer season now over, many businesses are banking on half term and…Read More >
Boscombe to be beautified thanks to the Coastal BID Boscombe is to benefit from a £65,000 grant that will be used to add seating, lighting and plants – and to give it a deep clean. The money was secured by Bournemouth Coastal BID, which submitted a funding application to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government via Boscombe’s Towns Fund. The funding will mean…Read More >
Monsters invade Bournemouth Monsters are on the march along the Bournemouth coast – and collecting them will help the NHS. Bournemouth Coastal BID has launched the Monster Hero Safari trail in its seven areas; Tuckton, Pokesdown, Southbourne, Boscombe, East Cliff and West Cliff, Seafront and Westbourne. There are 10 monsters who can be found on the windows of…Read More >
Blooming businesses Businesses in Westbourne are creating a floral welcome for visitors as things begin to open up. Dawn McLachlan, landlady of The Porterhouse, and a team of volunteers have been adding plants around the trading centre. Retailers, publicans, restaurants and hotels are gearing up for the relaxing of the rules and need to attract customers. Dawn,…Read More >
‘We’re good to go’ – new industry standard launched Read this message from our partners at Visit England… As a valued partner, we are delighted to inform you of the launch of a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark, in partnership with the national tourist organisations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for tourism as the sector works…Read More >
Coastal BID bags £100,000 for businesses Bournemouth Coastal BID has secured £100,000 in grants for businesses since the coronavirus struck. Manager Fiona McArthur became aware that many enterprises in the seven ‘villages’ it represents did not realise what they were entitled to. She phoned around all manner of companies and helped them receive what they were due in the form of…Read More >
Elephants return to Boscombe Boscombe High Street has been hit with a stampede of colour as a new large-scale mural, commissioned by Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe (BEAF), is unveiled on the front of the Sovereign Centre this week. Aritst, Krishna Malla, commonly known as Tech Moon, was commissioned by BEAF to create the mural for this year’s BEAF festival.…Read More >
Bournemouth Coastal BID joins in plea to the ChancellorChairman, Paul Clarke Bournemouth Coastal BID says time is running out for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors and is urging the government for more clarity and assistance.The BID is backing the national #RaiseTheBar campaign, which has now written to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak asking him to amend the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG).…Read More >
Read the #RaiseTheBar letter to the Chancellor At the Coastal BID we are supporting the #RaiseTheBar camapign – and here is the latest letter.…Read More >
New BID to #RaiseTheBarChairman, Paul Clarke Bournemouth Coastal BID has thrown its weight behind a national campaign that is urging the government to give extra help to the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. The #RaiseTheBar initiative is calling for ministers to expand the rateable value threshold in these areas from £51,000 to £150,000. This would allow businesses to access the Retail,…Read More >
Coastal BID’s coronavirus help Dorset law firm Coles Miller is offering free initial consultations with levy-payers in the Coastal BID area about the impact of the coronavirus on their businesses. The expert solicitors understand all the emergency packages so far announced and how to access them. As levy-payers themselves they are keen to assist those trading in the Coastal…Read More >
Money required NOW, says Coastal BID The Bournemouth Coastal BID is urging the authorities to make money available at once or businesses won’t survive.…Read More >
A webinar for Dorset businesses Dorset Growth Hub will offer updates on the subject and we’d like to take your questions, so we can get them answered. Email info@dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk to get in touch. This live online event will be hosted by Nick Gregory, Programme and Partnership Manager at Dorset Growth Hub who will share the latest information, advice and guidance…Read More >
Our letter to our MPs As you know, The Coastal BID represents approximately 700 businesses of varying sizes located in the following trading areas: Westbourne, West Cliff, Seafront and Pier Approach, East Cliff, Boscombe, Pokesdown, Southbourne, Tuckton and Hengistbury Head.  The Coastal BID, through our levy, generates an additional £500,000 of benefit for the local community and businesses, allowing us…Read More >
BID issues rallying call the BID is issued a rallying call asking everyone to stay local and support businesses in their area…Read More >
Happy birthday Riviera The Riviera Hotel is celebrating its 60th birthday with a swinging sixties night!…Read More >
BID’s bid for Boris’s billions Bournemouth Coastal BID will be urging MPs and councils to target some of the £5bn for bus and cycle infrastructure that was recently promised by the Prime Minister. Boris Johnson announced the funding for English regions that will be spent over the next five years – although details are as yet unclear. Fiona McArthur, who…Read More >
Coastal BID’s festive round-up Bournemouth Coastal BID literally lit up Christmas across the area – from Tuckton to Westbourne. The seven miles of coastal communities saw tens of thousands of lights put up to mark the festive season. Indeed, when the tree in Pokesdown looked like its branches would be barren, a BID angel arranged for it to be…Read More >
May the 4th be with you! The force was strong with over 4,000 Star Wars fans joining Bournemouth’s inaugural Star Wars Appreciation Day hosted by the Sovereign Shopping Centre in Boscombe, in association with Bournemouth Coastal BID, BEAF and the brilliant Dorset Troopers. Hundreds of families followed the call for Jedi Younglings to join the Jedi Academy with some 250 children…Read More >
EU Settlement Scheme Communication for EU Staff working locally You may be aware that the Home office recently launched their EU Settlement Scheme which means any EU residents living in the UK must apply for settled status if they wish to remain in the country. The application is simple and free of charge. The Home office has produced…Read More >
Love Bournemouth Bunnies WIN AMAZING PRIZES Visit participating businesses, take your Selfie with the bunny and use #LoveBournemouthBunnies to enter the competition. 25 golden bunnies are hopping in and out of shops, hotels and restaurants all over Westbourne, West Cliff, the Sea front, East Cliff, Boscombe, Pokesdown, Southbourne and Tuckton. For more information, visit https://lovebournemouthbunnies.info/…Read More >
Valentines Day Offers Love is most definitely in the air for our Coastal businesses… Planning a night away on Valentine’s? Visit Bournemouth Carlton this Thursday for a romantic getaway. For £99, you’ll receive a 1-night stay for 2 people including dinner in Frederick’s Restaurant, breakfast and a glass of Prosecco each. Book online and you may be the…Read More >
LUNAR CELEBRATIONS AND CHINESE NEW YEAR Help make 2019 a prosperous one for your customers and encourage them to take part in our Chinese New Year themed treasure trail. Customers need collect 10 different stamps stamps in the correct order from the 22 participating businesses across Boscombe, Pokesdown, Southbourne and Westbourne for their chance to win £8,888.00! Our aim is to encourage…Read More >
EVENT CALENDAR 2019 Lunar New Year Tuesday 5th February 2019, Year of the Pig Help make 2019 a prosperous one for your customers and encourage them to take part in our Chinese New Year themed treasure trail. Customers need collect 10 different stamps stamps in the correct order from the 22 participating businesses across Boscombe, Pokesdown, Southbourne and Westbourne for…Read More >
Westbourne celebrated a Very Victorian Christmas Westbourne’s Very Victorian Christmas will be continuing throughout December with Victorian-themed festive fun, including captivating street theatre performers on hand to entertain visitors. A spectacular opening marked the start of Christmas celebrations in Westbourne. Beginning with the annual Choirs by Candlelight event on the 30th November, and the arrival of Santa in Westbourne Arcade, the Victorian-themed…Read More >
Counter Terrorism Policing wants Christmas security all wrapped up With the festive rush getting underway, Counter Terrorism Policing launched its biggest ever winter advertising campaign to the public on the 19th November, as part of ACT: Action Counters Terrorism. This campaign aims to encourage the public to remain vigilant, look out for suspicious behaviour and inform people how to report their concerns, providing a…Read More >
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SMALL RETAILERS & ESTABLISHMENTS There has been a Commercial Burglary series where it appears as though small independent retailers/establishments are being targeted.  It has been brought to our attention that thieves are openly smashing windows to gain entry to steal cash, including tip/charity jars, and media devices. Please call Dorset Police on 101 to report anyone acting suspiciously and…Read More >
Scape’s 10th anniversary this friday at the westbourne arcade Happy birthday Scape Interiors West! As we’re getting ready to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this fantastic Westbourne based business, we’d like to invite you to join us this Friday at Westbourne Arcade from 5.30-7.30 for drinks, nibbles, gifts and a good dose of Christmas cheer. (And let’s not forget, there’s 10% off EVERYTHING)…Read More >
calling all creatives! applications now open for beaf 2019 – don’t miss out! Calling all creatives! While thoughts may be on Christmas, we urge you not to miss out on the opportunity to take part in BEAF next year! BEAF is Bournemouth’s largest independent arts and culture festival, and applications are currently open for commissioning programmes. Find out more on their website. (The deadline is on Monday 17th…Read More >
SOUTHBOURNE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON at southbourne grove There’s something so magical and festive about congregating in a village centre in the crisp winter cold waiting for the Christmas season to be officially heralded. Southbourne always makes Christmas magical, so come along and join the local community celebrating the annual switch on of the Christmas lights. With 80 Christmas trees along Southbourne Grove…Read More >
santa’s letterbox in southbourne Festive fun has begun in Southbourne with Santa’s Letterbox Southbourne’s Christmas countdown started with Santa’s Letterbox on Saturday 17th November until Saturday 8th December. Santa’s Letterboxes are renowned in Southbourne with receiving over 1,000 letters addressed to Santa. The most interesting and historic Santa’s letterbox is on the Community Green, Southbourne Grove, Southbourne. We also recommend to follow…Read More >
Calling all fans of photography! Sovereign Shopping Centre is hosting Boscombe Camera Club’s annual photography exhibition this week! Grab your friends and visit the shopping centre between Thursday and Saturday to gaze at some amazing shots of our beautiful coast. Dates: Thursday 15th November to Saturday 17th November. Opening times: 10am to 4pm Address: Sovereign Centre, 600 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Dorset, BH1 4SX All the family…Read More >
PARKING OVER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD Did you know? Free car parking will be available in Boscombe, Southbourne and Westbourne on select dates this Christmas period. KEY DATES – After 4pm on Thursday 29th November and 6th, 13th & 20th December PLUS ALL Sunday on 25th November, and 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December. FREE CAR PARKS 🚗 Boscombe 🚗 Hawkwood Road Main |…Read More >
christmas tree wonderland event calendar Come along and join in the Christmas activities with Christmas Tree Wonderland! See below for the full event calendar for the coastal villages.…Read More >
Our high streets still need help Our high streets still need help… A £5 billion rates reduction to help high street businesses, financed by a fairer tax on online business. Solve business rates inequality now.  Paul Clarke, Chairman Bournemouth Coastal BID and Cluster Manager Bournemouth Hallmark Hotels, summarised: “At the last meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of Town Centres…Read More >
Oceanarium October half term activities Save upto 30% this October half term on tickets and Gold memberships! Trick or treat yourself to a trip to the Oceanarium this October half term and make savings of up to 30% when you book online in advance. From Friday 19th October – Sunday 4th November, take advantage of this amazing offer and come face to…Read More >
DECORATE THE COASTAL VILLAGES TALLEST CHRISTMAS TREE IN BOSCOMBE! It’s competition time! Want to be in with a chance of designing one of the 30 gift boxes which will be featured on Boscombe’s Christmas tree? At 15 metres it will be the tallest Christmas tree in Bournemouth’s coastal villages! You can send a sheet of A3 or A4 paper, with your creative, colourful and Christmassy…Read More >
Christmas wonderland in Bournemouth’s Coastal Villages Westbourne Victorian Christmas  Westbourne will be bustling over the festive period with irresistible characters from the Victorian era. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol changed the way the festive season is celebrated. In a world in which Christmas is widely regarded as the most wonderful time of the year, the Victorian Christmas is famous for carol…Read More >
Motors By The Sea hailed a great success with over 20,000 visitors last weekend Motors By The Sea – 14th to 16th September 2018 The inaugural Motors By The Sea Festival arrived in Boscombe with a roar over the mid September weekend. The event’s main attraction saw over twenty thousand geared up motor enthusiasts, petrol heads and curious spectators flock to Motors by the Sea to view the eclectic…Read More >
Vacancy – Coastal BID Office Assistant Coastal BID Office Assistant Download vacancy details here Coastal BID Office Assistant  …Read More >
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Help Celebrate Bournemouth’s Remarkable Coastal High Streets! We are delighted to announce that we’ve entered Bournemouth Coastal districts into the national Great British High Street (GBHighSt) Awards. As part of our campaign to win this award, we invite you to help us celebrate inspirational business success stories from across Bournemouth’s coast. We are also keen to highlight the GBHighSt ‘Spend & Win’…Read More >
Partnership with the iBournemouth app Press Release Issued: July 2018 Word Count: 339 Coastal BID partnership with iBournemouth to benefit Coastal Villages this summer To help develop the tourism offering of Bournemouth’s coastal areas this summer, Bournemouth Coastal BID has announced a partnership with the iBournemouth app. Bournemouth Coastal Business Improvement District has announced a partnership with the iBournemouth app…Read More >
Register your vehicle to display at ‘Motors by The Sea’ Festival in Bournemouth” Owners of unique and special vehicles are being urged to register to join in the displays at the inaugural ‘Motors By The Sea’ Festival in Bournemouth. It takes place from 14th to 16th September 2018, with the main community-focused events on the Saturday and Sunday in Boscombe Precinct. The Festival aims to deliver a spectacle…Read More >
Adventuring in Westbourne with the Go Bo Coast Winners! Earlier in the year, Bournemouth’s coastal businesses joined forces to provide a fun family-friendly Easter activity. Utilising our Go Bournemouth Coast App, we brought back the popular #LoveBournemouthBunnies competition with a new and exciting augmented reality twist. Hiding physical golden bunnies and unlockable virtual bunnies in the premises of participating businesses we created an exciting…Read More >
Burglary Crime Prevention Advice To reduce the chances of your business becoming a victim of a burglary, take some time to consider the below points about your property. Always remember, if your premises look insecure to you, they will look insecure to a burglar!  Download information here: Crime prevention advice for businesses…Read More >
Coastal BID GDPR Letter – WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU Dear Colleague, WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! Data protection regulations are changing, and we need you to let us know if you want to continue receiving all our communication. If you love receiving our updates, please respond on this letter to ensure you don’t miss out on all the latest inspiration from your Bournemouth…Read More >
SIMPLE GUIDE TO DATA PROTECTION AND GDPR The majority of the guide is basic common sense. Treat other peoples information the way that you would expect yours to be treated, so in other words, keep it secure, don’t share it without permission and only collect what you need for that specific purpose. So here goes: Only collect what you need – If…Read More >
Return of Giant Easter Weekend brings hundreds of visitors to Boscombe Hundreds of visitors flocked to Boscombe during the Easter Weekend as local businesses collaborated to host an array of themed events and activities Following last year’s success, local businesses in Boscombe united once again to entertain the public with a diversity of fun, free, and family-friendly activities over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. This included…Read More >
Coastal BID Welcome’s back the popular BEAF Festival to Boscombe this spring! Bournemouth Coastal BID is sponsoring the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe, celebrating Boscombe’s creative and digital business community at the town’s largest ever independent Arts festival from 27th April – 7th May. The Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe is back for 2018 with a greater and more vibrant programme of arts and cultural activities. With additional funding…Read More >
Hop, bound and bounce – Love Bournemouth Bunnies is back! Are you ready to have some Easter fun? The biggest Easter hunt in Bournemouth is back! We need you to hop, bound and bounce across Bournemouth’s coastal areas in search of over 100 golden and virtual bunnies.  As a reward for finding those pesky rabbits, there’s up to £1000 in shopping vouchers to be won…Read More >
It’s a bird! It’ a plane! It’s a Bunny!? Bournemouth’s Easter Campaign Launches Flying into action the Bournemouth business community has launched the Love Bournemouth Bunnies 2018 competition, with a new augmented reality twist. A herd of ‘giant bunnies’ have flown from Bournemouth Pier and across the sky to mark the launch of ‘Love Bournemouth Bunnies’, a special Easter campaign which is uniting Bournemouth’s coastal businesses. Following the…Read More >
Coastal BID Business Pack – Easter 2018! Love Bournemouth Bunnies 2018! When: 15th March – 9th April 2018 Last year’s hugely successful Love Bournemouth Bunnies Easter competition is returning with a new augmented reality twist on the Go Bournemouth Coast App (GoBoCoast)! What’s New? Providing a fun and interactive activity, your participating business will: Display a physical golden bunny for the full…Read More >
Love Bournemouth Bunnies is back for 2018! Following the success of last years campaign, over 100 Bournemouth businesses are uniting to bring back the Love Bournemouth Bunnies competition, with a new augmented reality twist. Following the success of last years campaign, over 100 Bournemouth businesses are uniting to bring back the Love Bournemouth Bunnies competition, with a new augmented reality twist. The…Read More >

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