What's Happening in the GRBID 2018 - 2019
Achievements and plans:
- Regular communications with our members via newsletters
- Electric Bike Scheme BCC – The GRBID was in possession of an electric bike for a 6 month free trial. The scheme is for staff to get out and about, greenly and efficiently – and has been actively promoted to traders who have taken this up.
- Social Media Drop In sessions – free to BID members. Held at a Gloucester Road venue.
- Favourable deals to BID members with Utility Swap - – that’s the beauty of buy power.
- Discounted deals to BID members with Bristol Waste for 5 days per week waste and recycling collections.
- Membership Destination Bristol – To reach a wider audience
- Cleaner Streets –Fund the materials for BCR Street Clean who do a fantastic job of cleaning up unwanted graffiti and litter on the streets in the BID area.
- Negotiated reduced advertising rates in local publications
- Discounted rate for a double page monthly feature highlighting BID news in Bishopston Matters
- A standalone feature in Visit Bristol guide 2018-2019
- Sponsored the award-winning Window Wanderland 2018 and 2019 Bishopston event which originated right here in 2015. Involved the local schools and community groups in decorating BID trader windows.
- Delivered seasonal family friendly trails for the younger members of our community
- Devised Award Winning (since 2018) Charity Shop Tours with a local stylist which have proved a huge success – being featured by BBC Radio Bristol https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p062mdb6 (1m52 secsin)
- Collaborations with Link Age network https://www.linkagenetwork.org.uk/
- Bishopston Society – GRBID representation of traders at local public meetings
- Supporting local events through Social Media channels
- Bristol World Food Passport – a successful pilot in partnership with Bristol Food Connection Festival. A strategy to bring more footfall to the area. 79% of passport users say it was their first time to the area.
- Go Eco event – a drop in session where traders and residents can learn more about sustainable packaging and practices as well as greening up the area with vertical gardens, electric bikes and more.
- Christmas: workshops; community choirs; street entertainers; markets; trails; Letters to Santa Post Box scheme
- More Christmas lights installed in trees.
- Partnership with St Mungo’s and Ocean Estate Agent; North Bristol’s first contactless donation point for rough sleepers installed.
- Awards: finalist Great British High Street 2018; part of the national VISA Keep it Local campaign; Highly Commended Tourism South West Awards 2018; Travel West Active Travel Champion Finalist.
- Maps installed on local buses and at local train stations
- New plants for shop front planters
- Environmentally friendly shopping bags for traders to sell to the public.
- Social Media: increased following now combined 6000 followers
More street art
Information on parking decals
Maps (3rd edition) widely distributed to all Bristol travel hubs and hotels; kept in stock locally and at Tourist Information.
Grant funding for a Gloucester Road Cycling Breakfast
Working collaboratively and grateful for the investment from the areas’ traders and businesses we plan to meet the objectives in the original business plan of 2013 (link summary of aims). We have delivered a number of successful projects and aim to:
- Work towards a Cleaner and Greener Gloucester Road. We work in partnership with Streetscene http://www.bcrnp.org.uk/be-a-street-scene-volunteer/ to ensure that litter and graffiti tagging is dealt with quickly. Traders are being encouraged to use more eco-friendly packaging. The local community is very keen on sustainability and we feel it is essential to listen to our customer voice.
- Play to our strengths: Bristol’s Indie District is a haven to food and drink lovers and we have worked with our fantastic traders to set up a series of Food and Craft Beer Tours in the area. We have also created a Bristol World Food Passport Trail which is being piloted as part of Bristol’s Food Connections Week in June this year https://www.getawriggleon.com/o/bristol-bristols-independent-district-bristol-food-connections-world-food-passport-trail#.WuCIEUqc9cc.link
- Continue to make Bristol’s Indie District a destination: with the creation of our map we are showing visitors to the area the variety and wealth of what is available. The map is not only available from businesses in the area but is also stocked at Bristol Temple Meads and at the Tourist Information office and main travel hubs such as the airport, bringing in visitors from Bristol and beyond. Our membership of Visit Bristol has meant that events run by the BID and BID trader members (see below) are publicised on a much larger scale, attracting wider audiences.