THOUSANDS of pounds of free advertising for the business community is being made available in a dynamic new partnership between the Daily Echo, the Bournemouth Town Centre BID, Poole BID and BCP Council.

The campaign is called ‘Stay Local, Spend Local’ and aims to promote, support and revitalise the economy in the conurbation in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

It launches today.

Advertising opportunities delivered by the Daily Echo and LOCALiQ will include 10 day print packages in Classified and permanent inclusion in an online directory which plays a key role in helping to get your business seen and found online.

In addition, we will be awarding a large number of free business profiles in print and targeted digital campaigns online at all delivered with trusted editorial backing.

Businesses need to make their application by June 30th 2020 but they can place their advertising at any time in June, July and August.

You can click on the link below to quickly and easily submit your application. To qualify, you must be a business owner with premises in the BCP Council area.

Daily Echo/LOCALiQ Sales Director, Tracy Hayden said: “It is hugely important for us to be able to use our trusted brands to help businesses get their message out in these incredibly tough times."

She added: “Having a regular presence online is important as over 60% of online activity is now on a mobile device and we expect online purchasing to increase by 70% this year.

"This unprecedented package backed by our partners in the two BIDs and BCP Council has the full weight of our trusted editorial team behind it."

Chief Operating Officer of Bournemouth Town Centre BID, Paul Kinvig said: “This initiative is a really important step on the road to the resetting and recovery of the local economy and I believe it will make a big difference.

“It’s a joint effort and as with so many things , that has to be the way forward now.”

Steve Reilly of Poole BID added: “This gives all businesses in The Poole BID area the opportunity to have 10 days free advertising with The Echo, this combined with editorial coverage will help raise the profile of Poole as the re-start for many businesses begins.

"The campaign is a key part of Poole BID’s recovery plan which is fully focused on marketing Poole Town Centre and Quay as the place to shop, eat and drink as we all adjust.”

BCP Cabinet member for Economic Development and Regeneration, Cllr Mark Howell said: “I am delighted at this collaborative effort. It will be important in getting our town centres and high streets back up and running.

"Working together in a common cause has to be the way forward.”

For more information on ‘Stay Local, Spend Local’ please contact

To claim your free 10 day classified print advertisement in the Daily Echo Bournemouth simply complete this form and one of our advertising specialists will be in touch as soon as possible.

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Terms and Conditions: Businesses must have a registered business premises in the BCP Council area in order to qualify for this free offer. The advertisement can run for 10 consecutive publishing days in June, July or August 2020. One copy alteration can be accepted after the campaign has started. Normal booking and copy terms apply. Any business that applies for the free advertising will then be considered for the advertising enhancements including free advertorial/business profile and a bespoke targeted digital campaign at Usual terms and conditions of acceptance applies. The data provided above will be used to contact you to discuss your free advert. For more information about the Newsquest privacy policy, click here