October 2013: News from Gloucester Road Traders' Association

October 01 2013

Traders to vote on Business Improvement District proposal and plan a Christmas window display competition

Traders to vote on promotion plans

Shopkeepers on Gloucester Road are being asked to vote on plans to set up a local Business Improvement District (BID).

BIDs are funded by a levy on local businesses in the BID – on average around £6 per week.

Funds raised are managed by the local businesses to attract more shoppers through events, improving the appeal of the area and carrying out marketing and promotion activities.

A “yes” vote to the Gloucester Road BID proposal could help raise £90,000 a year for such activities.

Dan Whelan, chair of the GRTA and owner of Cartridge Right and Computer Right says many traders feel that a BID could be useful. He added: “High Streets are facing big challenges – we need big ideas and big solutions to ensure we don’t all disappear in the wake of the internet and other threats.”

So far suggestions for use of the BID money have included street furniture artwork, temporary art spaces, advertising the street as a destination, plus Christmas lights and a summer fair.

Bristol already has BIDs in place  in Broadmead, Clifton and Bedminster. If traders vote “yes” the Gloucester Road BID could be in place by spring 2014.

Christmas on the Gloucester Road

Shopkeepers are planning a Christmas window display competition this year.

Shops and businesses along the whole stretch of Gloucester Road will be fighting it out for the best dressed window.

Local artists involved in the North Bristol Arts trail will be on hand to come up with novel Christmas-themed ideas. More news to follow soon.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Sarah Thorp from Room 212 Art Gallery on newtwist@mail.com.