No stranger to hosting prestigious cycling events, Tavistock is set to take centre stage for the launch of the new £6.8m Tour de Manche cycle route linking South West England and France, thanks to Tavistock Business Improvement District (BID).
The focus for one of only two UK events planned for the launch on 22 June, Tavistock will welcome the 'baguette baton' relay running between Dorset and Devon, arriving in style at a French Day set to take over the town.
The Tour de Manche is the last and longest of three new, family-friendly routes to be completed as part of the £6.8m ‘CYCLE WEST’ project. The 1200km (more than 700 miles) route can be ridden in bite-sized pieces or for more serious cyclists as a complete tour. Working in partnership with West Devon Borough Council and Devon County Council, BID has secured the event to help put Tavistock on the map and boost tourism to the area.
Capitalising on Tavistock’s existing ‘pedal credentials’, BID has already welcomed media from the UK and across the Channel in the run up to the launch.
As part of the festivities on 22nd, the town will be going all ‘Anglo-French’ for the day and local businesses are invited to get on board.
“Tavistock is already recognised as a cycling hub thanks to the Drake’s Trail and Route 27,” says BID Manager, Lisa Wadling. “This is a great opportunity for the town to maximise this association both on a regional, national and international stage. We want as many local shops and restaurants as possible to get involved, whether that’s by putting on a special offer or an event, such as Anglo-French wine tasting, as part of the day.”
More details will be announced shortly but any businesses interested in getting involved should contact Lisa on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07789 112009.
THE new manager for the Tavistock Business Improvement District (BID) was this week announced to be Lisa Wadling.
A familiar face around Tavistock, Lisa has been involved with the BID since its inception on various steering groups and is responsible for organising special events including Dickensian Evening.
In March she carried out a shopping ‘mission’ in Tavistock to show that the town’s independent shops could match or exceed supermarkets for value.
With a background in marketing, advertising and event management, Lisa is well connected and is looking forward to putting Tavistock on the map.
She said: ‘I’m delighted to have secured the BID manager role. I know the business plan inside and out and am ready to jump straight in and run with it. ‘I’m really looking forward to the challenge.’
BID chairman Tony Whitehead said: ‘There has been a lot of hard work that has gone into getting BID to the current position and myself and my fellow board members feel that in Lisa we have the ideal candidate to build on this momentum. ‘We have some exciting projects ahead this year and with Lisa’s experience and can-do attitude, we know we’re in excellent hands.’
Lisa will take up the new role with immediate effect.
Vote on Christmas Plans
Dear BID Members
With Christmas a mere 9 months away the BID Around Town Events Team have been hard at work planning for the festive season.
These plans received very positive feedback from Members at the recent Forum; however, as not everyone was able to attend, here is an outline of planned events.
Friday 29 November – Dickensian Evening: it has been suggested that we use the Town Hall as a ‘market place’ where those members who are not ‘face-to-face’ sales based, (such as the different therapists who are members, solicitors, accountants etc.) could display their businesses.
Friday 13 December – Light Up Tavistock Lantern Parade: this event will be in conjunction with local schools. We aim for a 6.15pm start (giving families time to visit shops before the event) and different groups of children will begin the parade at different locations around the town; current suggestions include…the end of Brook Street, the top of West Street, the top of Pepper Street, Bank Square, Paddons Row, outside Eastgate Café on market road, Russell Street, the join of Duke Street/Brook Street and around the Pannier Market. The procession is to start at 6.30pm with all groups meeting in Bedford Square by 7pm for carols. We would like shops to stay open until 8pm to give families time to visit after the event. (Please send your opinions on this ASAP, we have to make our road closure applications very soon).
In line with feedback from Members regarding Late Night Shopping (which saw very mixed success last year) it has been suggested that Tavistock hold two mid-week Late Nights this year. The suggested dates are: Wednesday 4 December Wednesday 18 December
The Events Team would very much welcome your thoughts, ideas, responses etc. to our plans and would urge you to PLEASE get in touch with us as soon as possible to let us know what you think!
TONY Whitehead, owner of Mayflower Galleries, has been elected as the new chair on the board of Tavistock BID.
Adam Fleet, BID manager, said with both old and new faces around the table, the first board meeting of 2013 captured the passion of the recent annual meeting, heralding a ‘fantastic’ start to the new year.
The four hour meeting on Thursday evening addressed many of the concerns raised at the annual meeting and looked at the key delivery areas for 2013.
Car parking, an ever present issue for businesses in Tavistock, is to become a fixed agenda item thus ensuring the views of the BID members are strongly represented.
The hard voluntary work of the directors will continue through the working groups focused on marketing and promotion, events, signage, communication and business support, all components of the business plan.
The first of the much called for quarterly forums is to be held at the Bedford Hotel on the March 7 at 6.30pm. This will be a great opportunity to connect with BID businesses to share news and views.
Tony said: ‘The year ahead will no doubt be as challenging as the last, but the board looks forward to engaging with our BID partners through either the discussion area on our web site or at the forthcoming quarterly forums in order to promote our joint interest in keeping Tavistock a vibrant and viable place for businesses to trade as well as a unique and interesting place for people to shop and visit.’
Adam Fleet said: ‘2012 was all about laying the foundation for a successful BID. 2013 is about delivery!’
• Pictured below left to right, new BID board member Mandy Ewings, representing the Original Barbershop, new BID chairman Tony Whitehead of Mayflower Galleries, and Adam Fleet, BID manager.
The Tavistock BID board have set some dates of members forum meetings. To be held at the Bedford Hotel in Gallery 26 on the following days at 6.30pm.
• Thursday 7th March • Thursday 6th June • Thursday 5th September • Thursday 5th December
These forum meetings are open to all Tavistock BID members, i.e. levy payers. The forums will be casual with no fixed agenda. A chance for members to talk to the board and our partners about any subject that concerns our Business Improvement District.
Also the date for the next AGM will be Thursday 17th October 2012 6.30pm at the Bedford Hotel.
Another supermarket for Tavistock?
There are reports of attempts to open another supermarket in the town. There is suggestion of this being located at the Focus site. Tavistock BID would like to ensure its members are represented in this discussion so we need to gather your thoughts and feelings on this subject. Please add to this conversation. Click here to join in