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posted Nov 17, 2014, 7:21 AM by George Grace

Town Team & BID Christmas 2014 Newsletter

Christmas is Coming!

The Town Team & BID has organised or funded a range of projects to help boost footfall this Christmas

· Christmas Light Switch On -15TH NOVEMBER

· East Street Christmas Market - 29TH NOVEMBER, 10AM - 3PM

· Musicians On The Run - 29TH NOVEMBER, 3PM - 7PM

· North Street Christmas Celebration - 5TH DECEMBER

· Winter Lantern Parade - 6TH DECEMBER, 4.30PM

For the Lantern Parade we are encouraging all businesses on North Street and Upper East Street to take advantage of the huge number of people following the trail by hosting a mini activity on their pavement whether it be seasonal decoration, extra merchandising, or product sampling etc – its an opportunity to engage customers. 

We are particularly excited about our first ’20 Bedminster’ Event. If this first one goes well we will aim to do one a quarter covering comedians, magicians etc…

Waste Services

If you haven’t signed up already we hope you will consider the highly preferential and beneficial arrangement we have organised with SITA.


·         Six days a week collection service, including Saturdays

·         Reduced recycling and waste management costs

·         Timed collections for your recycling and waste

·         Dedicated customer helpdesk

·         Free ‘seagull-proof’ sacks

·         Smarter street environment for shoppers

·         Available to all businesses in Bedminster

·         Additional discounts for all when we collectively have 100 businesses

Contact SITA for a free, no obligation quote and or meeting with our dedicated Bedminster support, Christine Webb on 0845 600 2836 or email


Other News

St Mary Redcliffe Christmas Tree Fest December 9-13 Are organizing an exciting and unusual event in the form of a Treefest at St Mary Redcliffe Church, which will raise money for charity (including the High Sheriff of Bristol's charity) and give the businesses and organizations of Bristol an opportunity to showcase themselves and their contribution to the city of Bristol. More at

YourSTreet YourStreet continue to grow their gift card scheme for independent retailers developed. Independent traders now have an opportunity to be a part of a UK £5billion industry! The card offers an economic lift to high streets and a morale boost to independent retailers and services, as well as offering a vast choice and variety to the cardholder. Our aim is to bring back footfall to the high street to sustain the long term future of the high street and all its independent retailers and services. Call 07877 994 290 or take a look on  

Town Team & BID Board Minutes  

The last meeting of the Board was organising and confirming most of the above. For detailed minutes please see

 Aims for the Forthcoming Year

Outside of Christmas events and projects set out above the remaining top 20 priorities for us this year are:

1.       Shaun the Sheep – sponsor a sheep

2.       Hanging baskets - £40per basket – support up to max 100 fairly distributed across the BID

3.       Events and Markets Manager

4.       Plaster Marketing, PR and Website Support etc

5.       Upfest Annual Event 2015 – one of the largest events in S Bristol with c25,000 now attending. Cost to host is £60k in total. Agreed that one large artwork will be completed on East St to test whether shoppers are interested in this as a way of improving East Streets attractiveness

6.       Skills Week – repeat and grow last year’s event – in particular around evening economy ideas (eg small music and dance events in which audience encouraged to take part more; and/or break outs how to learn a musical instrument ?

7.       Mill Square (on Mill Lane) - new road surface, planters, benches, artwork, kids plaything

8.       Show of Strength – Let’s Do it in the Street  – ie a repeat of last year’s successful run (more days of shows, two different 45 minute walks each day)

9.       Shop Loyalty Card – simple loyalty card scheme copying ideas of a proven scheme (Penarth) in which c1500 cards are printed and sold at £1 each to est 50 businesses for resale to customers; also 5x £10 vouchers to be won each month for ‘fist to use their card’

10.    Metal sculptures to be made for outside of the shops that would represent what they sold so for example- the butcher might have a cow head, AV might have a gramophone

11.    Shop Front Improvement Scheme – grants to catalyse poorly presented shops to improve appearances

12.    BOB Best of Bedminster – try to catalyse the return of BOB by offering an early £2k grant to the organisers to ensure the event for 2015

13.    Festoon Lighting

14.    Advertising - purchase 12 months of ads eg in Clifton Life(17 editions = £1445)

15.    Artists Studios above the shop – work with owners of empty space above shops to rent out v cheaply to artists (avoids Decent Home Standards etc which makes proper renovation prohibitive)

16.    Art in Windows above the shops – unsightly boarded up windows above shops to have art installed into window frames (probably of people and ideally with wit)

17.    ‘Food Connections’ on North Street’ – piggy back this major Bristol wide foodie event by putting on an appropriate North Street offering tbc

18.    A competition in art college, upper schools etc to design a flag for north st - winning design would be used.

19.    BS3T Guide for tourists and thus distribution at Bristol Tourist Centre and city centre hotels and bars

20.    Bristol Green Capital Project – support NP Green Walkways Project in which walkways lead to the retail streets.


With best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and New Year, Bedminster Town Team & BID Board

Jeff Clark, Jefferson Studios; Simon Dicken, Wilko; Kellie Hasbury, Plaster; Mark Hatcliffe, Barclays; Steve Hayles, Upfest; Gordon Page, Malago Guest House; Lucie Wise, Minuteman Press; Melody Beard, The Hungry Caterpillar; Emma Williams, In Recovery; Stephen Wallace, The Steam Crane, Adil Ayub, lets rent; Peter Hockenhall, Viva La Mexicana; Tom Beard, The Hungry Caterpillar; Paul Cocking, Scrivens; Stef Brammar and Ben Barker Neighbourhood Partnership; Charlie Bolton, Bristol Councillor (Observers; Jason Thorne, Bristol City Council; Sgt Paul Honeychurch, Avon & Somerset Police)


Further information – Please see our websites or contact George Grace,;  Simon Dicken, Wilko, ; Ben Barker, GBCP,


Note: The BID (Business Improvement District) and Town Team are the same organisation. The BID is the funding arm for Town Team activities, generated via a small levy on all eligible businesses in the area (equivalent to 1.5% of rateable value) and paid into a central ‘kitty’ to be spent on projects that benefit Bedminster businesses.