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New Report Highlights Success of Dorchester High Street

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

A new report has ranked Dorchester as one of the best performing high streets in the South West, thanks to steady growth in spite of the tough economic climate. The findings come from the Midsummer Retail Report unveiled by property firm Colliers International, which shows that prime rents in Dorchester have increased by 7% since 2008, while over the same period most South West towns have seen prime rents actually decline. Along with Dorchester, the other top performing towns were Read more…

Looking Back on Five Years of DBID Projects

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

As you may already know, the Dochester BID is coming up for renewal this month, and already extensive work has been done on planning for projects we would like to do over the next 5 years if the BID is successful in the ballot. We recently held a poll to identify the projects that BID members most wanted to see in a new term (the results are here). This week on our Twitter account (@DorchesterBID) we’ve been looking back on Read more…

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Making Dorchester a safer place to shop

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The BID and St John Ambulance have teamed up together to put life saving equipment at the heart of the community and to make Dorchester a safer place to shop. New portable Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) – machines that can shock the heart to restart it after a cardiac arrest – have been purchased by the BID to complement the five static machines already available. The £3,500 investment by town centre businesses is being supported by St John Ambulance who Read more…

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Keeper of the Walks gets his Hands on Dorchester BID’s Latest Purchase

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

If you’ve seen our Keeper of the Walks out and about in Dorchester in the last couple of days, you may have noticed his new toy – a souped-up barrow with a vacuum attachment to make it easier to clean those hard to reach areas. The new barrow has been provided by the Dorchester BID, in partnership with our friends at West Dorset District Council. Our Keeper, John, took on the role before Christmas, and has been doing a great Read more…


Bid Members – Cast your Votes Now!

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

As has been recently reported in the Dorset Echo, the Dorchester BID has introduced an online poll to find out which of the ideas proposed by the BID to improve the trading environment in the town centre are most important to its members. We’ve put forward 20 very different ideas, ranging from information boards for visitors to a BID-branded bike hire service. Each member gets 10 votes, and can cast them however they wish. The proposals with the greatest number Read more…


Newly Discovered Roman Sarcophagus Goes Under the Hammer

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

In yet another exciting coup for Duke’s Auctioneers, a rare Roman sarcophagus is to be sold at the firm’s Dorchester auction house next week, and is expected to fetch up to £50,000. It’s becoming a bit of a speciality for Duke’s, who last year sold another Roman coffin for £100,000, after it was discovered in a Dorset garden. It was this sale, and the publicity surrounding it, that persuaded a Northumberland pensioner to get in touch with Duke’s resident specialist Read more…


BID First Aid Training Helps to Make the Town Even Safer

Friday, November 30th, 2012

A big thank you to everyone who came to our Dorchester first aid course this week. Local company Everycare Wessex gave us a brilliantly informative and practical course, and it was fantastic to have a sell out attendance, with businesses from all over town keen to get as much as they could from the session. BID director Phil Gordon was very impressed with both the content and response to the session – “the feedback was so good, we are already Read more…

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Durnovaria Silver Band Moves To New Home

Friday, November 16th, 2012

The acclaimed Durnovaria Silver Band have found a new base to practice in Dorchester, after being told their long-time home at the Fordington Methodist Church Hall is to be closed and sold at auction. They will now move to the nearby Scout Hall for a three month trial run, with the possibility of a longer stay there if all goes well. It’s great news for the Band, as there had been concern for their future after it was announced that Read more…

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New Swimming Pool Now Open!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

It’s all happening in Dorchester at the moment! The latest phase of Brewery Square has just opened with a new Carluccio’s restaurant and top of the range cinema, and in the very same week our long-awaited swimming pool has opened its doors on Coburg Road. It was officially opened last Monday, so by now many of you will have already have gone down for a swim and got a first impression of the place. The pool itself is 25 metres Read more…


Could You Be Our Next Town Ambassador?

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

The Dorchester Ambassadors have been one of the BID’s most successful and well received initiatives to date. It began last year, when we put out a call for volunteers in the run-up to Christmas to serve as ambassadors for the town. The idea was for them to take up positions in the main carparks and act as meeters and greeters – showing visitors where to park and offering them advice on places to shop, eat, and visit around Dorchester. The Read more…