Laugh­ter send­ing the tills ring­ing

Midweek Visiter - - Southport Bid -

I’M never quite sure when Autumn of­fi­cially starts so I tend to judge it by the dates in our events’ cal­en­dar. For me the sign that Autumn is here or very nearly here is when we say farewell to the last of the sum­mer events (in this case the Mu­si­cal Fire­work Cham­pi­onship, and well done to the or­gan­is­ers for an­other fab­u­lous event de­spite the prob­lems with the weather on the fi­nal day) and say hello to the first of our Oc­to­ber events.

The BID-sup­ported Com­edy Fes­ti­val started last week (Oc­to­ber 4) and will con­tinue to run un­til Oc­to­ber 17.

We’ve sup­ported Bren­dan Ri­ley and his team for the past four years be­cause the fes­ti­val it­self helps bring fun, laugh­ter and po­ten­tial cus­tomers to many of our venues across the town cen­tre.

The Fes­ti­val Com­edy Pubcrawls, in their own spe­cial way, are very en­ter­tain­ing and great fun to take part in.

When the Com­edy Fes­ti­val closes around the mid­dle of month it’s only a mat­ter of days be­fore a new one starts.

Our very own Hal­lowe’en Fes­ti­val gets go­ing on Oc­to­ber 25 and runs through un­til Oc­to­ber 29.

We de­cided to make changes to this event a cou­ple of years ago in or­der to ex­tend the fes­ti­val over four days rather than con­cen­trate ev­ery­thing into a sin­gle Fri­day night pa­rade.

The full pro­gramme of events is on our BID web­site www.south­port­ so check it out to find out more.

We’ll be re­leas­ing de­tails of our Christ­mas lights switch-on and what else you can ex­pect to see at Christ­mas later this month.

Last week we helped host a visit from the team be­hind Great Yar­mouth BID and some of their lo­cal author­ity col­leagues from Nor­folk.

The Yar­mouth BID and our own BID share many sim­i­lar­i­ties in­clud­ing the level of in­come and the num­ber of levy pay­ers.

Both BIDs have been op­er­at­ing for roughly the same length of time and both are go­ing to bal­lot next year (South­port in May and Great Yar­mouth in Au­gust).

Whilst the Great Yar­mouth team were here we took the op­por­tu­nity to share ideas and best prac­tice.

Great Yar­mouth may be a com­pet­ing tourism re­sort but both towns share the same pres­sures and chal­lenges.

Both towns re­main op­ti­mistic for the fu­ture and both see their re­spec­tive BIDs as the only real op­por­tu­nity to lever in pri­vate sec­tor fund­ing to help im­prove their lo­cal economies.

Bren­dan Ri­ley’s work or­gan­is­ing the Com­edy Fes­ti­val brings a great boost to trade across South­port town cen­tre

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