About Bristol's Independent District
Current Term: 2014 - May 2019
The GRBID has a board currently with 5 volunteer members and they are:
Erika Peto – Chair
Emma Garner – Vice Chair
Paul Carpenter – Treasurer
Nigel Price – Playfull
The BID is supported by a BID Manager – Anne-Louise Perez June 2017
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.
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.
October 2016 - October 2017
GRBID area Finalist 2018 Great British High Street.
GRBID Highly Commended 2018 Bristol Bath and Somerset Tourism - for Charity Shop Tours
GRBID Travel West Sustainable Champion 2018 Finalist
CHRISTMAS EVENTS – New Christmas lights in trees. A Festive Bonanza, Choirs, festive workshops, Christmas market, street entertainers, stalls, post boxes (letters to Santa)
DISCOVERY– Trails - Easter Bunny Hunt - Kittens and Puppies - Elf on a Shelf - Window Wanderland - A World Food Passport. Stand alone feature in the Visit Bristol Guide. First Bus put our maps up in buses that serve the area. Great Western Railway/Severnside Partnership fund the large frames and maps for Redland and Montpelier train station platforms.
NEW AREA 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, Bristol Hotels and other local venues. Currently working on that 3rd edition.
COMMUNITY - Collaborations with the wider community including schools, charities and community groups – on projects such as Window Wanderland - Christmas post boxes - Elf on the Shelf.
REBRAND – Bristol’s Independent District. Production and delivery of a trader video – Local BS7 film maker used
SAVINGS - Best deals to BID members with Utility Swap – that’s the beauty of group buying power. Bristol Waste discounts to Levy Payers
PARTNERSHIPS - Membership with Destination Bristol which is helping us reach that important wider audience. BCR Community Partnership. Bristol Food Connections.
CLEANER STREETS– Funding BCR Street Scene (they are volunteers) BID fund all their materials for BID area which enables them to do the vital job of cleaning up unwanted graffiti/tagging and reporting of 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!
CHARITY - Installed the area's first Contactless Donation Point at Ocean Estate Agent. With a noticeable increase in rough sleepers in the BID area - donations fund not only emergency beds for the night across 4 local shelters - but provide support to help get people off the streets.
MEDIA- Monthly double page feature in Bishopston Matters. Other local and national press coverage. Television BBC1. Radio – Ujima/BCFM/BBC Radio Bristol/ BBC radio national.
SOCIAL MEDIA– Increased audience across all platforms (Twitter, Instagram) plus new Facebook page. Combined we have 6000 followers. Several visits from 'influencers' and subsequent blogs about the neighbourhood. Instagram take over Visit Bristol. Tagging and sharing events and news from Levy Payers across our social media sites.
NEWS BULLETINS- Regular communications with Levy Payers via email - sharing news, offers, opportunities, events, awards to enter.
STREET ART – working in partnership with local trading groups we ensured art banners were a part of the BID area. . We also commissioned Nathan Evans with the street mural after the Arches.
GRANT AWARD– to increase cycle stand provision and cycle breakfast
GREENER BID - Produced eco friendly shopper bags available from local businesses. Flower baskets. Plants for planters. Go Eco Event - sharing greener practices from local businesses with your customers.
ELECTRIC BIKE SCHEME BCC– The GRBID was in possession of an electric bike for a free trial to promote an alternative mode of transport other than cars for Levy payers. By autumn 2018 13 local businesses had engaged with the scheme.
WORKSHOPS/FORUMS – Social media workshops. Website surgeries to support Levy Payers to feature on the GRBID website online directory. An information forum for small businesses was held about Brexit hosted by with Thangam Debonnaire local MP.
WASTE – September 2017 – agreement to work with Bristol Waste as a preferred supplier