Bournemouth’s Thriving Coastal Businesses Gather for Fifth Annual BID Meeting

The Bournemouth Coastal BID has hosted its fifth Annual General Meeting, celebrating its successful renewal vote and revealing plans for the year ahead.

Open to all Levy Payers, the Bournemouth Coastal Business Improvement District (BID) has held its fifth Annual General Meeting. Taking place at the Larderhouse in Southbourne the event gave local businesses an opportunity to learn about the Coastal BID’s recent achievements and its plans to attract more visitors to Bournemouth’s coastal districts.

At their recent AGM, gathered members of the BID Company celebrated this year’s successful renewal vote, which will now see the Coastal BID in operation for a further five years. In addition, the AGM provided a platform for reviewing its wide-ranging activities over the last year. These activities have included more events and projects to support the growth of local businesses.

Looking ahead, plans were revealed to continue to invest in the local trading environment. This will involve extensive consultations to meet members aspirations and highlight Bournemouth as a world class destination.  New appointments were also discussed with Cllr Patrick Oakley, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and the Arts at Bournemouth Borough Council, joining as Board Member.

Paul Clarke, Coastal BID Chairman and Cluster Manager for Bournemouth’s three Hallmark Hotel’s, said:

“Our fifth Annual General Meeting was a great opportunity to reflect over the past year, including the successful vote to renew the BID for another five-year term. It allowed us to look back over all that we have achieved, plus discuss our plans to support Bournemouth’s vibrant coastal business community over the next year. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Cllr Patrick Oakley onto our Members Board.’’

Established in 2012, the Coastal BID represents approximately 760 eligible businesses across Westbourne, West Cliff, East Cliff, Boscombe, the Seafront, Southbourne, Tuckton and Hengistbury Head. With a board of directors drawn from a range of businesses in the BID area it aims to enhance Bournemouth as a vibrant, attractive, eventful, connected, safe and successful environment in which to do business.

To find out more about the Bournemouth Coastal BID, visit

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