About Bristol's Independent District
Current Term: 2014 - May 2019
The GRBID has a board currently with 7 volunteer members and they are:
Emma Garner – Chair
Erika Peto – Vice Chair
Paul Carpenter – Treasurer
Nigel Price – Playfull
Nic Licata – The Parlour
Kiarash Darafshi – Café Ronak
The BID is supported by a BID Manager – Anne-Louise Perez June 2017 –
BID Steering Group Members from GRTA
Martin Hunt – Joe's Bakery
Dan Whelan – Cartridge Right
With the help of investment from local traders and businesses, we are determined to meet the objectives of the original summary of aims from 2014. Under new management, we are making good progress and are working towards the following goals:
Develop the new brand using PR and Social Media
Provide decals for shop windows
Bring seasonal events to the area
Increase and monitor footfall
Make provisions for cycle parking
Consider ways to create income
Engage with Gloucester Road traders and businesses(outside of the BID area)
Connect on a regular basis with BID members and local stakeholders via open forums
Cleaner streets – supporting the BCR Streetscene team
Parking – look at options to make it work for everyone. New signs coming soon on current meters to make it clear you have 30 minutes free parking.
Renewal of the BID – Extend the perimeters of the current BID area
GRBID created Bristol’s Independent District as a rebrand to make the area more recognisable, making it more relevant to businesses, consumers, and wider industries such as tourism.
The defined area of the Bristol Independent District is from Cox and Baloney on Cheltenham Road up to The Co operative on Pig Sty Hill.
The BID is made up of about 250 businesses on Gloucester Road, Cheltenham Road, Zetland Road, Cranbrook Road, Overton Road and Denmark Place.
Since June 2017
CHRISTMAS EVENTS – Christmas market, entertainers, stalls, carols and a Santas Grotto
EASTER – Easter Bunny Hunt – around the District
REBRAND – Bristol’s Independent District
FILM – Production and delivery of a trader video – Local BS7 film maker used
REDUCED BILLS- Best deals to BID members with Utility Swap – that’s the beauty of group buying power.
MEMBERSHIP of DESTINATION BRISTOL– Which will help us reach that wider audience.
CLEANER STREETS– Funding for BCR Streetscene who do a fantastic job of cleaning up unwanted graffiti/tagging and litter on the streets in the BID area. We have also supplied traders with anti-graffiti kits for when their premises are damaged.
NEW WEBSITE– You are using it! Built by a local BS6 designer
NEW MAP – A free map to guide people through the district and it acts as a directory too. Available from the local library; tourist information; bus station; Temple Meads station; Bristol Airport and other local venues.
PRESS- Monthly feature in Bishopston Matters
SOCIAL MEDIA– Increased audience across all platforms (Twitter, Instagram) plus new Facebook page.
NEWSLETTER- Regular communications with our members via monthly newsletters.
BANNERS– working in partnership with GloucesterRoad Central we have secured 13 banners to host works of art – to be raised high on display along Gloucester Road.
GRANT AWARD– for cycle racks
ELECTRIC BIKE SCHEME BCC– The GRBID is now in possession of an electric bike for a 6 month free trial. This is for staff to get out and about, greenly and efficiently.
SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP – Led by 365 Media, a workshop was delivered to traders and in the spirit of collaboration Raw Space offered their venue as the location
STREET ART – Station Road is now home for our latest mural
WASTE – September 2017 – agreement to work with Bristol Waste as a preferred supplier