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Weymouth BID To Hold Drop In Session

Weymouth BID 1

2:31pm 30th January 2013
(Updated 2:42pm 30th January 2013)

Weymouth Businesses who want to find out more about making the town a Business Improvement District can go along to a drop in session tomorrow. (31st January)

It's being held at the William Henry Pub from 3pm till 7pm.

The BID steering group are hoping 542 businesses in the town will vote yes to the scheme.

In December the draft project plans booklet and a further explanation of the Weymouth BID process was sent out to all the firms in the BID area.

The Steering group says "it's an opportunity to help restore Weymouth's prosperity in the face of economic crisis and the growing competition from surrounding towns and resorts."

The Weymouth BID is being driven by a team of local businesses that actively support the BID and provide the valuable resources of their time and experience to help campaign for a Yes vote.

On Thursday 31 January, between 3pm & 7pm, the Weymouth BID Steering Group will be hosting a 'drop in' event at Wetherspoon's William Henry public house in Weymouth, where businesses within the designated BID area are invited to come along and ask the Steering Group any questions they may have.  Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

The Weymouth BID Steering Group:

Name                                 Company

Nigel Reed                           Chair & BID Co-ordinator
Barrie Huett                         Albert Goodman
Brian Cooper                        Resort Marketing Ltd
Cherise Luke-Bennett            Battens
Craig Dunkerley                    Merlin Entertainment - Sea Life
Rob Jones                           Weymouth College Vice Principal
Chris Reay                           Channel Hotel
Roger Dalton                       HTS Seafood Festival WP Economy Group Chair
Tim Williams                         Wilkinsons
Rob Cole                             The Esplanade Hotel
Anna-Maria Geare                 President WP Chamber & LloydsTSB  
Trevor Hedger                      EDO WPBC BID Support Officer
Sophie Jibet  Kermani            The Dining Room
Joy Sangster                        Dream Cottages
Steve Newstead                    Wetherspoon's
Nick Maybour                        McDonalds
Cllr Ian Munro Price               WPBC Briefholder
Zoe Wareham          Weymouth BID administrator   

Nigel Reed, Chair of the Weymouth BID said: "A YES vote would generate at least £250,000 a year for 5 years at a time when public funds are reducing.  Recently, members of the Steering Group met with managers of the Bournemouth BIDs.  One of the BID's focuses on the promotion of the Town Centre while the Coastal BID concentrates on Coastal Tourism.   Both of the Bournemouth BIDs have successfully moved from a pre BID status to a successful YES vote.   The three groups discussed some useful ways of promoting a YES vote, the ballot process and dealing with the early stages of gaining a YES vote."

Mr Reed went on to say: "In addition, we looked at some of the projects that the Bournemouth BIDs have in place; e.g. the Bournemouth Rangers, how they were trained and how the Rangers support the BID.  In Weymouth we are hoping to introduce 'Weyfarers'.   Mr Gregg Dunnett of the Bournemouth Town Centre BID and Mr Alun Williams Bournemouth Coastal BID gave useful insights on the areas that the Weymouth BID should concentrate on."

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