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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 >
Vacancy – Coastal BID Operations Manager Coastal BID Operations Manager Download vacancy details here CBID Operations Manager…Read More >
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 >
Celebrating mum’s on the Coast   Mothers are real-life superheroes. Really now, they are! Have you ever seen a regular person who doesn’t need much sleep, is always prepared come rain or shine, has unlimited love to spread and always wants the best for you? This year if you’re struggling to find that special gift, we’ve got it sorted! Here,…Read More >
Have a Culinary adventure in Bournemouth…with your Pooch Want to know where the best dog-friendly breakfast, lunch and dinner spots are?  Bournemouth’s coast has a wide range of eateries where you can take your canine along with you. Have a look at our recommendations, relax, sit back, and plan your next foodie adventure with your pooch. Boscombe                  Start off your day at Cafe…Read More >
THE 2018 BAPTA FINALISTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH BERENDSEN ARE REVEALED The 2018 BAPTA finalists have now been revealed. This year has seen more entries and nominations than ever with businesses from Burley, Highcliffe, Swanage, Wareham, Wimborne and Verwood all entering for the first time and with over 7,000 votes across the four public vote categories. Said Andy Woodland, Chairman of Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Management…Read More >
Come on a dog-loving holiday in Bournemouth! Love your pooch too much and don’t want to leave it home during your holiday? You don’t need to if you’re coming to Bournemouth! Bournemouth has a fantastic range of dog-friendly hotels across its coastal districts. So, if you’re planning a holiday this year, make sure you pack your dog’s bags as well! When planning…Read More >
“Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?” Blog As 2018 is the Chinese Zodiac’s ‘Year of the Dog’, we thought it only appropriate to praise man’s best friend and the local businesses that welcome them with our innovative ‘Go Bournemouth Coast’ augmented reality app. Needless to say, there are many views regarding dog-friendly businesses. Some people love to be surrounded by fluffy companions…Read More >
“Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?” “Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?” This year we are celebrating the Chinese New Year on Bournemouth’s Coast with our innovative ‘Go Bournemouth Coast’ augmented reality app. As 2018 is the Chinese Zodiac’s ‘Year of the Dog’, it’s the perfect time to praise man’s best friend in our trading…Read More >
Walk, Woof and Wag” dog walk Help us Celebrate The Chinese New Year of the Dog on our “Walk, Woof and Wag”. This free circular dog walk is open to anyone with a well behaved dog and aims to raise money for the PDSA.  No fee, but donations gratefully received on the day. Date: Saturday 10th February Meet  for an 11am start from…Read More >
Coastal BID 2018 campaign – Year of the Dog Coastal BID 2018 campaign 2018 has now arrived and it’s time to celebrate the Year of the Dog! To kick the year off, we want to celebrate this event and embrace dog-friendly businesses! What’s Happening? For one month from mid January to mid February, we want to promote your business in an exciting way. Our…Read More >
Last chance to enter the 2018 BAPTAs! The 2018 Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards (BAPTAs) celebrate the achievements of tourism businesses and individuals from across the BH postcode region. The awards have seen year on year growth and have become the most successful awards across the South and a must in the business event calendar and this year’s event is set to…Read More >
Events 2018 CHINESE NEW YEAR – YEAR OF THE DOG Boscombe – Fun Dog Day Sat 10 Feb 2018 The coastal year starts by adapting the renowned Chinese New Year Celebrations – it’s ‘Year of the Dog 2018’. Watch out for Boscombe’s Fun Dog Show (tbc) – and if your business is dog friendly, let us know…Read More >
Oceana Hotels get creative and sponsor the BAPTAs For 2018, the Oceana Hotels are backing the BAPTAs by sponsoring the ‘Creative Concept of the Year Award’, having won an award back in 2016 and gaining finalist status in 2017 themselves! Oceana Hotels & Leisure provides accommodation for the inspired traveller, and unique events and leisure for local neighbourhoods in the greater Bournemouth &…Read More >
Yoga Lounge Bournemouth to host a Fierce Grace Secrets of Yoga Alignment workshop! The internationally recognised yoga expert, Michele Pernetta comes to Yoga Lounge Bournemouth, to host a Fierce Grace Secrets of Yoga Alignment workshop on Saturday 9th December at the hottest and only Fierce Grace approved yoga studio in the South. You may well have been to a couple of yoga classes and tried the downward dog…Read More >
Bournemouth’s festive augmented reality app launched In the countdown to Christmas, Bournemouth’s coastal businesses have launched the exciting ‘Express your Inner Elfie’ Interactive Christmas Campaign. Until the 6th January 2018, the state of the art ‘Go Bournemouth Coast’ augmented reality app will bring twelve virtual elves to local businesses on the coast. Shoppers will need to take ‘elfie’s’ (or selfies) using the…Read More >
Express Your Inner Elfie this Christmas! – Briefing Document for businesses Express Your Inner Elfie this Christmas!  Augmented Reality Christmas Campaign In the lead up to Christmas, we are pleased to be launching the exciting ‘Express your Inner Elfie’ Interactive Christmas Campaign. From the 17th November 2017 right up until the 6th January 2018, our new Augmented Reality App, ‘Go Bournemouth Coast’ will attract people to…Read More >
Express your Inner Elfie Campaign – Instructions to give your customers Make sure your poster is located in a visible position (e.g. shop counter) When entering your business tell your customers about the Express your Inner Elfie Campaign and encourage them to take part and download the app ‘Go Bournemouth Coast’ there and then. Let them know that the app is for people of all ages.…Read More >
Love Bournemouth Bunnies Recognized in Public Relations Awards! We are pleased to announce that we are finalists in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Pride Awards for South England and the Channel Islands, Low Budget Campaign of the Year in recognition of our Easter campaign, #LoveBournemouthBunnies. Created in partnership with one of the South’s leading public relations firms, Darren Northeast PR, #LoveBournemouthBunnies…Read More >
Bournemouth’s New Innovative Festive App Showcased At World Travel Market An innovative new augmented reality app coming exclusively to the Bournemouth Coast this Christmas, has been showcased at the World Travel Market London Specialists in Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) content production, Diverse Interactive showcased the brand-new app, funded by Bournemouth Coastal BID, at the World Travel Market London on 8th November. The…Read More >
AGM Dinner Menu 2017 Pick two dishes from the following 3 choices. (starter or main , or main and dessert)   Starters A –  Jamon De Teruel B – Alsace Bacon potato Salad C – Hay baked vegetables goats cheese curd D- Smoked Haddock Croquettas     Main Dish 1 – Fillet of Hake or Stone Bass 2 –…Read More >
Westbourne Town Crier Position Westbourne Town Crier Can you command a crowd and out shout the wind? Do you like dressing-up? Then you might be the person we’re looking for! The coastal village of Westbourne are seeking to recruit a Town Crier. This is an unpaid position and you will be expected to attend pre-arranged events. A Town Crier…Read More >
Be a part of the Coastal BID Christmas Campaign! Christmas in the Coastal Villages  We’re looking for 100 businesses to take part in our Christmas Campaign, running from 17th November right up until Christmas! As a participating business, you will receive great content coverage on social media, through PR, leaflets, website and more! There will be unique sponsorship opportunities available too. Throughout the coastal district, all of…Read More >
Opening up England’s coast to win international visitors! An exciting new tool to attract a greater number of international visitors to the English coast has been awarded funding by VisitEngland’s Discover England Fund. The National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA) is thrilled to be able to develop new product on England’s Coast for international visitors, building on its successful pilot project, the Coastal Pass, which…Read More >
Bournemouth nominated for 2017 British Travel Award Bournemouth has been nominated for ‘Best UK Seaside Town’ in the prestigious 2017 British Travel Awards (BTAs). The winners will be determined by the consumer, who has until 30 September to cast their vote, with the successful companies announced at the BTA Gala Awards Dinner, being held in London on 29 November 2017. Bournemouth is…Read More >
Bournemouth Tourism releases first of new promotional films With the Summer Holidays about to take flight, Bournemouth Tourism releases the first of several new promotional films to form part of the ‘B Here’ campaign for 2017. In partnership with Transmission Productions, shot across 12 locations, across four days using a wide variety of different filming techniques, each film looks at how Bournemouth has…Read More >
It’s official the BAPTAs have arrived! Roll over the BAFTAs, you’ve heard it here first, the BAPTAs have arrived!  Let us walk you down the red carpet and introduce you to the latest award ceremony to reach the South of England, the BAPTAs! Organisers can now officially announce and reveal that the 12th local tourism awards will be known as the BAPTAs, yes, that’s correct – The Bournemouth and…Read More >

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