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New Chair appointed for Westbourne Business Association and Coastal BID Director




The Westbourne Business Association and the Coastal BID appoint Lia Martin as Chair and Director.

The corporate partnership manager of A One Insurance Group, has been appointed the Chair of the Westbourne Business Association and a director of the Coastal BID.

Lia has been selected as the new Chair and Director as voted by the membership and the board and replaces Steve Taylor from Fab Frocks of Westbourne who has previously held the role for the past 2 years. She has worked as a director of the committee for the past year and she has also previously chaired other business forums, is a Trustee of several local charities and was previously President of the New Milton Business Group.

Lia has extensive business experience, and is also experienced in sales, marketing, events, leadership, insurance, legal practice and networking. She is a well-known face in several local business circles.

Said Lia Martin, “The A-One Insurance Group started in Westbourne and our office is on Poole Road, we have a long history with the town. I am honoured to be appointed as the new Chair of Westbourne Business Association and a director of the Coastal BID. The work we do for the traders in Westbourne is vital to the growth of the local business community and economy and I look forward to working with my fellow directors, the volunteers, and the membership to help further grow the town and also the membership. We have created a new vision document to help ensure the livelihood of local business here in Westbourne remains strong.

I am also looking forward to working in the capacity of director, in association with The Coastal BID, the work of BIDS is vital, in the Dorset region alone there are already six BIDs and the Coastal BID encompasses many of the towns across Bournemouth, by becoming a BID director I can support our Westbourne businesses to ensure we have more  of a say in the future of the town and help the ongoing businesses with year on year growth and delivery.”

Paul Clarke, Chairman from the Coastal BID said: “We are delighted to welcome Lia Martin to our board. She is well known face, a savvy business woman and is proactive. We looked forward to working with her.“