Ed May – Full STEAM ahead with Newquay BID
The impressive Great Western Hotel is a friendly and informal inn with 66 hotel bedrooms in the heart of town. With its contemporary open plan Steam bar and comfortable dining areas, it offers a relaxing environment for guests with stunning coastal views.
The Great Western Hotel has been a Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) levy paying member since its commencement in 2010. The ballot for Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) to continue for a third term will take place mid November and if the organisation achieves a majority of yes votes, Newquay BID will have a renewed mandate for another five years.
Throughout its lifetime thus far, Newquay BID has provided a significant boost to the Newquay local, regional and national profile. It also provides behind-the-scenes valuable advocacy and financial support for businesses across the town, and for the destination at large.
General Manager of The Great Western Hotel, Ed May said, “We believe that during its lifetime, Newquay BID has done a brilliant job of improving our town, raising its profile exponentially and making it noticeably more attractive to visitors and locals alike. The organisation has taken the lead on a range of different business-focussed schemes, projects and initiatives that positively serve us all over the past ten years. Whether that is graffiti removal, general clean ups or developing the destination branding, these activities are of equal importance. We are based in the town centre so have directly benefited from much of the BID’s work such as, for example, the great event schedule which helps bring people into the heart of the town throughout the year, increasing dwell time and no doubt also consumer spend – particularly important during the shoulder season when we could all do with a bit of a boost.”
Ed continued, “Businesses like ours are passionate about Newquay and want to see its reputation continue to soar and we believe that the BID should be given the opportunity to build on its successes of the past ten years and continue to play an increasingly significant role on behalf of the town and its eclectic businesses. We personally have big hopes and plans for Newquay’s future and are fully invested in its success – this is why we support and back the BID.”
Newquay BID is a not-for-profit organisation financed by its members via a levy based on their rateable value. There is under a month to go until ballot papers are sent out and then Newquay businesses have 28 days to make the crucial decision as to whether or not the vital support and delivery of the Newquay Business Improvement District is continued. A ‘Yes’ vote will not only secure circa £150,000 per year over the next five years to spend on re-investing into and promoting ‘Newquay’, but the BID team will also look to secure additional funding via grants and match-funding opportunism as and when the economy allows.
Newquay BID will very shortly launch its new business plan for 2021-26 via hard copy in the post, outlining the key aims and objectives that it will lead on for the upcoming five-year term. A digital download and link will also be circulated via email and through social media platforms.
For more information on The Great Western Hotel or Steam Bar, visit: https://www.greatwesternnewquay.co.uk/