Traders' news from GRE&T

October 27 2017

GRE&T (Gloucester Road Enterprise & Trade) is a voluntary association for all Gloucester Road shops and businesses, from the Arches to Filton Avenue, but particularly representing those operating above Pigsty Hill.

GRE&T (Gloucester Road Enterprise & Trade) is a voluntary association for all Gloucester Road shops and businesses, from the Arches to Filton Avenue, but particularly representing those operating above Pigsty Hill.

Christmas on Gloucester Road

    There will be lights in the trees in the lower part of the road, with seven more trees than last time and other lights on columns.

    Ablectrics (131) is offering traders discounted sets of Christmas LED lights to display inside or outside premises at £15 to £20 and light up the Gloucester Road mile.

    There will be a Christmas Market on Saturday 2 December at Nailsea Electrical.

    Before Christmas, six shops will have ‘North Pole Letterboxes’ for children to post a letter to Santa.  On 23 December, two letters will be drawn from each box and the writers will get a letter from Santa and a £10 voucher from the shop.

    Traders are invited to promote their business on 2 December by booking now to take part in the nationwide ‘Small Business Saturday’ scheme, see https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/my-small-business

    On Thursday 7 December the 4th Annual Christmas Street Party in the Gloucester Road Central area will coincide with late opening of shops from 5.30 – 8pm.

Members’ deals

BID area traders tell us membership of their trade organisation has given them really big discounts – for example on electricity and credit card-processing.  GRE&T has also negotiated 20% trade waste discounts with Bristol Waste and is investigating other deals for signed up members.

Cost of membership

This is currently £10 for 2017. The subscription for 2018 will be decided at the next AGM, probably early in the new year. The current Committee will recommend to the AGM that members who have joined in 2017 will pay only half the subscription the AGM fixes for 2018. So paying now to becoming a GRE&T Member before 31 December looks like a no-brainer.  

Why don’t BID area traders have to pay a membership fee to join their organisation?

That is because in a Business Improvement District all the businesses have to pay an annual levy based on their rateable value - typically about £200 per year (roughly £4 per week).  This generates about £50,000 a year for the BID members to spend on improving their area.  It’s a bit like paying some extra Business Rates, with the businesses (not the Council) deciding how the money is spent.  GRE&T’s income from its voluntary membership fees is less than £1,000 a year!

So why isn’t the whole of Gloucester Road a Business Improvement District?

Well it could be if a majority of businesses voted to make the whole road a BID. The present BID scheme ends in 18 months’ time. Having this income for Gloucester Road to spend could be very valuable in the face of imminent, drastic Council budget cuts.  

GRE&T website

GRE&T bought the domain name great-bristol.uk in order to use MailChimp to send out Newsletters. With the domain package comes free website hosting, so we are looking for someone to help us design a basic website. 

Facebook

GRE&T committee Member Eva Fernandes is offering to give free help to any member of GRE&T who wants to use Facebook to promote their business.  Her email address is: evafernandes1@gmail.com

Gloucester Road International Food celebration

We have asked Bristol organisation 91 Ways to help to plan this.  91 Ways recently won the BBC West Food Hero Award 2017 for using the uniting power of food to bridge the gaps between Bristol's 91 language communities, in order to build a more united and sustainable city.

 

Bristol Eating Better Award Scheme

30% of Gloucester Road businesses are food and drink outlets. This free award scheme gives publicity to food businesses that are taking some action to offer food that is healthier and more environmentally friendly. You’ll also be published on the award website and promoted elsewhere as opportunities arise.

www.bristol.gov.uk/food-business/bristol-eating-better-award-scheme.  

405 Gloucester Road

Former Rainbow Wools premises has planning permission for change of use to a cafe, restaurant and cookery workshop. Planning application 17/04649/F can be found on the Council’s Planning Portal. We wish the new business every success but wonder how many more cafes and restaurants this part of Gloucester Road needs!