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MOORDOWN TRADERS ASSOCIATION
Supporting & promoting Moordown's independent shops and service providers
The 2013-14 financial period has been one of consolidation and steady progress.
Our trading district has remained resilient. Businesses have a steady but reliable churn and void premises are soon reoccupied with new vibrant enterprises. Most of the shops remain constant and have withstood the worst of the downturn so consequently the general appearance of Moordown looks much the same as usual.
The Traders Association membership has expanded in the past twelve months with numerous self-employed members recognising the advantages on offer. Karen Murray and Sharon Barter organised a very successful ‘Ladies Night’ at the Life Centre which resulted in additional memberships. Hilary Annicchiarico maintains her role as membership Secretary and frequently visits long term members as well as new businesses that move into Moordown.
The 2013-14 shoppers map rolled off the Tony Bowyer printing press last spring and went to thousands of local homes accompanying the Local Eye magazine. This popular bi-annual publication includes all local businesses but highlights members trading details. Preferential advertising slots support this venture and members are requesting block ads in the next map already.
Sarah Austin of Vivid Websites looks after the site but has also created . This second website explains what some of our members do for fun. The Fete is a separate venture where members can have a discounted pitch and participate in a community fun day out at Redhill Park. This year’s event is on Sunday June 15th and it had better not rain! Karen is the lead organiser this year so contact her if you would like to come.
Our regular monthly meetings are now on Tuesday evenings from 6pm and held at the Moordown Conservative Club, Balfour Rd. All members are always welcome. It is an opportunity to meet fellow members and enjoy a complimentary snack. Most importantly it is a forum to share any trading concerns and if the meeting cannot offer immediate help we take matters to the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce for further advice. Fortunately, Mr Chris Kelu, Bournemouth Council’s economic Development Officer attends many of our meetings and is always willing to escalate members concerns.
Moordown remains a unique trading area and continues to boasts that there is certainly ‘More to Moordown’.
Roger Eede, Chairman
Moordown Traders Association