2018 was an exciting year for me personally, I acquired Coversure Weymouth and saw both Coversure Poole and Weymouth grow across the year. I have entered 2019 focused on continuing to provide as many residents of Poole, Weymouth and the surrounding areas with an outstanding insurance service and I have big plans for my businesses. Thankfully Poole itself seems to share my ambitions, with great plans afoot to improve the area and to continue to grow its reputation as a highly-desirable area to live and work. So, as we enter what will doubtless be a momentous year for the region, I thought I’d take a look and see what 2019 has in store for the businesses and residents of Poole.
Seafront Development Programme
Announced last year, the Seafront Development Programme will see over £6 million invested in Poole’s seafront. From the creation of more beach huts to significant improvements to public services, the SDA looks set to keep Poole’s seafront as a tourist hotspot for years to come.
Our seafront is an award-winning destination and plays a key part in why Poole properties continue to be amongst the most sought-after and expensive outside of London. Over 120 beach huts will be added and a further 100 will be developed to improve the experience for members of the public visiting our idyllic seaside.
The largest proposition is the plaza on Shore Road which aims to build a modern and eye-catching space that makes the journey to the seaside more of an event than it currently is. This grand project has now had approved planning permission and should completely revolutionise the promenade. From additional water sports facilities to spaces for ice-cream stores and enhanced changing rooms, this could be huge for the future of Poole, one that will attract even more tourists and provide a major boost to the local economy.
Businesses In Poole: Light At The End of The Tunnel
It’s been tough going for many businesses in Poole of late; business rates have been harming SMEs and larger companies have been facing tough decisions about their future strategy in the wake of the uncertainty of Brexit. Regardless of how you feel about us leaving the European Union, that uncertainty is set to end – one way or another – in 2019 and that can only be a good thing.
With a clearer understanding of the situation and the area of Poole improving, I feel the light is at the end of the tunnel for the region’s businesses. In fact, the thriving Dorset Innovation Park is so confident of growth that they have vowed to improve their times on planning permission to within 28 days, great for businesses with expansion or relocation plans. A string of start-ups have been having success in the local area, despite the challenging conditions, and I’m confident that we will start to see an increase in business trading and growth.
Property in Poole: Continuing To Thrive
As a particularly hot-topic for the area – and something we’ve previously written about – is how desirable an area Poole has become over the last decade in which to own a property. This is something the local council are clearly wanting to maintain with a spate of improvements, developments and affordable housing planned for Poole and its environs.
The award-winning Westcoast Developments have plans for more homes across Dorset, as does Portus Homes, both offering luxurious and modern homes on Poole’s coastline. At the other end of the spectrum, plenty of starter homes are being created, from flats to houses, offering first-time buyers or people looking to move to the area a more affordable option.
With 2019 set to see more reasons to visit Poole, having affordable rental property or luxurious holiday home options will make it easier for tourists to have a memorable trip. A trip they’ll want to replicate which will put even more money into the local economy. Poole then looks set to continue as a property hotspot for years to come, and I for one couldn’t be happier about that.
An Eventful Year
The community of Poole is one that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of, and the community is set to put on even more large-scale events in 2019. Offering plenty of variety and opportunity for the local residents, the population of Poole have plenty to look forward to across the year.
February will see the return of Light Up Poole, the lights festival that in its inaugural year saw 20,000 visitors witness digital art transform our centre into an illuminated kingdom. Unsurprisingly, the three-night festival has been brought back this year and will take part between February 21st to the 23rd.
Then we have the weekly Dream Machines, the UK’s largest weekly motorcycle meet up at Poole Quay throughout the Summer. This brings up to 1000 bikes to the Quay each week and brings with it a huge boost to the local economy and a brilliant spectacle whether you’re a bike fan or not.
The summer is rife with events, offering a diverse and exciting range of activities for residents and tourists alike – all of which bring a boost to local businesses. Music lovers can enjoy everything from the Rockley’s Summer Spectacular to Folk on the Quay and for the nostalgic there’s Poole Goes Vintage in July. Such events put Poole on the map and will help keep our fantastic town attracting more and more visitors and residents.
Positive For Poole
Whilst 2018 offered lots of challenges, 2019 looks like it could be a vintage year for both for businesses and the community. I’m sure it won’t all be plain sailing, bit if there’s one thing my time here has taught me it’s that as a community we are resilient and up for a challenge and together will achieve even more great things.
I wish the best for you all and may 2019 bring you the success you are seeking.
Coversure Poole Managing Director
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