Gloucester Road BID AGM

November 24 2017

Gloucester Road Business Improvement District (GRBID) held their AGM in October.

Gloucester Road Business Improvement District (GRBID) held their AGM in October. 

A Business Improvement District (BID) is an elected business-led initiative where businesses and organisations, within a defined geographical area work collaboratively to raise funds collectively.  This financial resource is used for local initiatives with the aim of improving the trading scene. The current GRBID was elected for a term of five years in 2014.

Bristol’s Independent District was created by the GRBID to make the area identifiable to all the community, and to invite a wider audience such as tourism, to discover and explore this area.

The defined area of the Bristol Independent District is from Cox and Baloney on Cheltenham Road up to The Co operative on Pigsty Hill.

The BID is made up of about 250 businesses on Gloucester Road, Cheltenham Road, Zetland Road, Cranbrook Road, Overton Road and Denmark Place.

The GRBID is led by a board with  new BID Manager, Anne-Louise Perez, who was appointed in June this year.

From November 2016 - October 2017 the GRBID has achieved many business initiatives. Spring saw a Bunny Treasure Hunt and a thorough clean up of the BID area streets and pavements with the help of BCR Street Scene, and with GRBID funding this is ongoing.

Summer 2017 saw new branding designed for Bristol’s Independent District, a new Facebook page @BristolsIndieDistrict plus a video of local traders showcasing the friendly and independent spirit of the area which premiered at the Dinema experience.

A grant application was approved from Travelwest for additional cycle parking and the overnight ribbon installations on trees and posts in the BID area to celebrate Pride Bristol made headline news.

Autumn brought a six month free trial of an Electric Bike for the GRBID team and the promotion of E Bike Scheme to GRBID members. Co-working space, Raw Space opened with a discount available to BID members. The GRBID were able to offer a free Traders Social Media workshop and Bristol Waste agreed preferred supplier discounted rates to BID members.

The much-anticipated Art Banners were installed in November, of which 13 were funded by GRBID running from Pigsty Hill to Cox and Baloney. A newly designed illustrated free map of the area is due for imminent distribution.

2017 Christmas lights  funded by GRBID were switched on 10 November. Many initiatives are planned for December, including a Festive Bonanza and Cozy Christmas Market, plus much, much more detailed in the article above.

The GRBID are delighted to be sponsoring locally founded Bishopston Window Wanderland 2018 which takes place in February.