Making Gloucester Road GRE&T

April 28 2017

Until 2013 the Gloucester Road Traders Association (GRTA) represented all the shops and businesses from the Arches to Filton Avenue. That association was dissolved after members’ businesses to the south of Pigsty Hill became a Business Improvement District.

Until 2013 the Gloucester Road Traders Association (GRTA) represented all the shops and businesses from the Arches to Filton Avenue. That association was dissolved after members’ businesses to the south of Pigsty Hill became a Business Improvement District. 

The result is that there is now no association to represent the shops and businesses in the top section of Gloucester Road, from Pigsty Hill to Filton Avenue. However, there are ongoing issues where the voice of the traders as a group needs to be heard. These include, for example, parking, business rates, Council budget cuts, graffiti and litter and the promotion of the whole of Gloucester Road as the greatest British high street of mainly independent traders. 

Retired former secretary of GRTA, Peter Browne, has been visiting businesses to see what support there would be for a new traders association. 

Peter said: “Most of those I have spoken to so far would like a new association and I am still gathering feedback on how people would want it to be organised and operate. The name GRE&T has been suggested – Gloucester Road Enterprise & Trade.”

Peter is keen for interested business owners to get in touch with their contact details - name and an email address - peter753@btinternet.com