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GRBID Newsletter Jan/Feb 2018

GRBID Newsletter Jan/Feb 2018 Posted on March 14, 2018Leave a comment

Hello Bid Members,


2018 is full steam ahead.  Attending the recent Bristol Annual Tourism Conference highlighted how as a high street we can take on board current and future trends.  It’s all about authenticity, experiences, culture and accessibility for an aging population.  An example of a local successful experience was the Wreath Making Drop In organised by GRBID in December 2017 at the Gallimaufry – here’s what James Koch the owner said


“It was an unbelievable atmosphere – true community spirit, and we were the busiest we have ever been on a Saturday at 5:30pm!  We had 60 wreath makers on the terrace all having fun; drinking and making. All age groups including 80 year-old-ladies, families, students, men, couples. It was great to see such a broad range of our community all sharing tables and chatting. We’re looking forward to hosting similar events in the future”


Experiences are the way to go! Whether it’s a community sing along such as at Café Ronak’s recent event  or a nude dining experience at Flour & Ash or even organising authentic moments such as ‘be a pub landlord’  – create them and tie them in with themes and local events. And add them to Visit Bristol’s event page …it’s free to do – and don’t forget to share them on our social media pages.


Keep informed and enjoy the read!

Anne-Louise PerezGloucester Road BID Manager





As part of commitment to bringing street art to the area – we are working in partnership with Raw Space to bring a second mural to the area.



Putting in to action the notes taking from the Tourism Conference, we are working on bringing a variety of regular tours to the area.  This may include:

Beer/Cider tours

Charity Shop tours

Food tours


We’ll keep you posted and if you have any other ideas or have something planned please email



This year we are working on finding parking solutions for traders based on your feedback.  We are also working on delivering clearer signage on the parking meters reminding the public they have 30 minutes free parking.

We’ll keep you posted.



BRISTOL COUNCIL FREE COMMUNITY TOILET SCHEMEThe Community Toilet Scheme is for businesses and organisations that are happy to allow members of the public to use their toilet facilities. Our thought is that places that already provide facilities such as the library, pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants are probably already doing this….so why not apply and get a sticker to highlight that.

Join here & get your window sticker


BISHOPSTON WINDOW WANDERLAND 2018 We are thrilled to be sponsoring it and at least 20 traders that we know of are signed up to either create or host window displays – the District is going to look magical. It’s great to be working again with local schools and groups who are creating displays to support the BID traders.


Each year approximately 3000 people walk the trail using maps which will be available from some of our traders from 19th Feb. It’s a great occasion for our food & drink outlets to feed the hungry wanderers so if you decide to do a Window Wanderland Special then let us know so that we can publicise it for you!


This event is growing in popularity with Window Wanderlands happening in lots of other areas of Bristol, nationally and even internationally. Don’t forget to share any offers or pics via social media using #windowwander #wwbishopston #WW2018 #whatsonBristol #brizindiedistrict. For more information have a look at – if you want to sign up, the deadline to be on the paper map is 5th Feb and online 23rd Feb 2018.  HAPPY WANDERING!


 *OFFER* BRISTOL BLOGGERS AND INFLUENCERS GROUP – Heather Cowper founder of Bristol Bloggers and Travel Massive has a community of 250+ Bristol based bloggers and digital influencers. They organise blogger events – great for launches, product/service reviews etc and also work with individual businesses on blogger outreach campaigns.

Special offer to BID members

  • Businesses who want to connect with the bloggers in any niche to review or test out their products / services can get in touch with Heather and she will post this opportunity in their Facebook group.
  • GRBID member 10% discount on blogger events or campaigns to promote local businesses
  • GRBID member £5 off discount code on training events and workshops many of which will be relevant for you

Check out some case studies here


Her next event is part of Bristol’s Social Media Week – Tickets available.


Mon 26 Feb 6pm – Social Media Week Bristol – The talk will cover the essentials of how to start a blog that will help your business succeed.









*OFFER* BRISTOL WASTE IS OFFERING BID MEMBERS FANTASTIC RATES: 20% discount for members of Bristol’s Independent District on bins, and competitive rates on sacks. A number of our traders have secured great deals through utilising the

Offer from Bristol Waste.

For more information contact:



*SAVINGS* Utility Swap are bringing significant savings to BID members

  • Ocean Estate Agents secured a considerable saving for their entire portfolios gas and electricity compared to their existing suppliers renewal offers, also aligning all of the end dates for ease of accounting and allowing them to benefit from buying power.
  • The Parlour 40% saving on card transaction fees and 20% saving on their current electricity supplier’s renewal offer.

For more information contact: to see if you can make savings.



Twitter @GloucesterRoad

Facebook BristolsIndieDistrict

Instagram @LoveGloucesterRoad


Please use hashtag #brizindiedistrict so we can share your posts.  Job vacancies, workshops,

events, sales, news.


Visit Bristol Blog – in March we will be contributing to a blog all about gifts and souvenirs from the District.


REGISTER ON OUR WEBSITE DIRECTORY – With the GRBID website nearing completion, the

area bustling and booming, and the New Year in full force, there’s never been a better time to get

your business registered with our platform. If you haven’t already sent over your details, it’s a simple

matter of heading to this page and entering all

of your business’ details. From there, we will take a look to make sure everything is filled out correctly,

and let you know once your account is accessible. While this helps us loads, it also gives you the

chance to have your business put in the spotlight for all of GRBID’s visitors to see. We’re hoping to

continue to improve and build upon the site as it is, and this will be opening the doors for loads more

benefits going into the future.

If you need help email



From now our Board Meetings will be open to all traders who we welcome to attend and observe. We

will be inviting guest speakers to inform you and share items of interest.  Please feel free to share this

open invitation with your fellow traders.



We welcome:

Edit Restaurant – Cheltenham Road

Voodoo Q, Burger Bear, and coming soon Pigsty on Gloucester Road.









Liz Kew and her army of volunteers are continuing to do an amazing job at keeping the area clean of

tagging, litter and fly tipping.  Thank you!

To report any street issues visit

Why not join the 1000s across the country in The Great Bristol

Spring Clean?  It takes place from March 2 – 11 across the city.

Join or find out more:


Bishopston Matters – we have a double page feature in Bishopston Matters each month so if you have any news or offers that you would like us to share, get in touch.



Paul Carpenter of Totally Toys 109 Gloucester Road is our volunteer BID Ambassador.  If you would

like to find out more about BID just pop in to see him.


Changes to the Board

David Pavon has stepped down as treasurer and Paul Carpenter has taken on this role. Thank you both.

If you would like to become a board member please email  This is a voluntary position and involves attending one meeting per month on the Gloucester Road usually from 6:30pm.



48 Gloucester Road

ESTABLISHED We’ve been based on the Gloucester Road for many years, previously as the Law Shop and now as Marc White & Co. Marc has been working as a solicitor and notary for over 20 years. 

TALKING SHOP We are a law firm specialising in Wills, probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney / Court of Protection. Our aim is to provide an independent and professional service.  Much of our work involves assisting people with the interaction between English law and foreign laws.  It’s increasingly common to come across an asset located overseas when dealing with an estate. Marc is a notary public which means he is qualified to prepare and certify deeds and other documents, internationally. In all cases we aim to translate our experience into a plain-speaking service which is clear on costs.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP? A scuba diver – but no-one took me seriously when I said I wanted to make a career of it.  Remembering what that felt like helps me manage my four kids and their rush to grow up too.

SO WHY LAW? I realised that my love of languages could be paired with something vocational, so I studied Law & French at Cardiff University with a one year placement in Nantes. The thing I enjoy about law now is that I am able to really help people – sounds cheesy but it’s true.  People come to us with a problem, and we help them fix it, as simply as we can.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU ALONG THE WAY? Using my languages was always the aim so it was an amazing experience to be able to spend time studying in France. I have worked in many other countries including Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and New Zealand. I lived in Spain from 2003 – 2008 and now we work a lot in Spain and have an office there too, so it’s a great combination of languages and law. I still enjoy travelling as part of my job

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT We work with a number of charities to support them, either through fund raising or support in kind.  We aim to get involved in any local events to support the community, and opened our doors for a Macmillan coffee morning in October 2017.  We hope that people will


realise that they can pop in and ask us questions if they need to – we all live nearby and it’s important to us to be a part of the community. I grew up in Horfield / Golden Hill so I haven’t come very far.
BID MEMBER OFFERS We help with a range of issues, so whatever your legal problem, please get

in touch with us for a confidential, no-obligation consultation.


Want to feature as Trader Spotlight?  We have spaces from April 2018.  Please email



GRE&T AGM – February 8th – 4:30-6pm Quakers House, 300 Gloucester Road

Half Term 12th-16th February

Chinese New Year 2018 marks the Year of the Dog – 16th Feb

Window Wanderland – 24th, 25th,26th February

Open GRBID Meeting – 26th Feb 6:30-7:45pm Raw Space 111 Gloucester Road

Social Media Week Monday – 26 Feb – Fri 2 March

Mothers Day – 11th March

English Tourism Week: 17-25 March 2018 people can submit events via the following link:

Easter School Holidays 26 March – 6th April

Easter – Fri 30th March – Monday 2nd April


Don’t forget to use events as platforms to encourage people to visit your business!


Do you have news, anniversaries, events, workshops?  Please share with us via social media or email to

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