Founder Wimborne BID directors retire
AFTER almost five years of involvement with the Wimborne BID, its two founder members, Malcolm Angel and Martin Tidd have retired as directors.
The catalyst for change came when they attended meetings about Wimborne Town Centre Management, chaired by councillor Simon Tong, to see what could be done to make Wimborne a better place for business. It soon became apparent that there would not be any money coming from the district or town councils to finance a town centre manager or to promote the town.
However, Martin and Malcolm did learn about Business Improvement Districts and that Dorchester had recently become a BID town in its own right. They then realised that a BID was the only way to have a strategy to promote Wimborne at a time when town centres were struggling.
Two years of research followed, visiting other BID towns, putting a BID team together, holding public meetings, raising the money and eventually setting up Wimborne BID Ltd. With the help of Chris Slocock and Paul Thomas and the valuable help from the late Piers Trehane, Martin Pate, Rosemary McDonald and Joan Tidd, the dream of a BID became a reality.
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“Setting up the BID has been an interesting and at times frustrating experience, but we hope the foundations are there for the BID to achieve its full potential as the years progress,” said Martin Tidd.
Unlike other BIDS that had budgets in excess of £45,000, Wimborne BID was not well funded. However, the lack of money meant it had to be very resourceful and careful with the money available. The BID team raised £5,000 each from DCC, EDDC and the Chamber of Trade. The cost of taking the Wimborne BID to a successful ballot ended up costing around £12,500.
In the two years of the Wimborne BID’s existence the number of BIDs in the UK has grown to nearly 200 and locally there are now two BIDs in Bournemouth, one in Weymouth and one in Dorchester. The latter has just been voted in for another five years.
“Both Martin and I look forward to seeing the Wimborne BID go from strength to strength and wish it every success for the next three years leading to a successful result in the next ballot in 2016,” added Malcolm Angel.
Martin and Malcolm will not be lost to Wimborne. Malcolm is holding a literary festival in the autumn and Martin is working as part of a team to bring a community bank back to Wimborne.