January Newsletter 2017

Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2017 edition of the Bedminster Business Improvement District Newsletter (incorporating Bedminster Town Team).
Just a brief one to remind you all that Bedminster Lantern Parade is this Saturday. A Road Closure Notice is in place for the top end of North St from 3.00pm. Festivities start at 4.00pm with the parade to kick for from St Francis Church at 4.30pm. The finishing point will be as usual at South Street Park where there will be fireworks. This is one of the biggest events in South Bristol for the entire year and a great opportunity to engage with the thousands in attendance. We would welcome premises to decorate their shop fronts or stay open later into the evening where possible/relevant.

Marketing Priorities for 2016
We held our first meeting of the BID Board and Marketing Group this week to plan the forthcoming year. An exciting events calendar is shaping up and the current draft looks like this:

Street art tourstbc

Window Wanderland DisplaysFeb 24

Breakfast in Bedminster Apr 16

Comedians on the RunMay 20

North St FairJune 26

Buskers on North StJune - Sept

Upfest July 29

World of Bedminster MonthAug

World of Bedminster - MealAug 27

World Music on the RunAug tbc

Skills WeekSept 25

Magicians on the RunNov tbc

Breakfast in Bedminster Nov 4 

Poppies on bollards etcNov 1-14

Christmas Lights Dec  

Winter Lantern Parade Dec tbc

The local Neighbourhood Police Team have asked us to let you know about the ‘day of action’ around ASDA and East Street on Friday 20th January. Not only are they offering crime prevention advice to members of the public but also, and more relevant to members, with high visibility foot patrol around the East Street area with a view to preventing incidents of theft from the stores in the locality. Please feel free to introduce yourselves to the officers and highlight issues of any kind around East Street / Bedminster parade.

BID Board Meetings
Board meetings take place at 6.00pm on the first Tuesday of every month in The Steam Crane on North Street. If you are interested in finding out more please come along to a meeting as an observer. If you would like a bigger say in decisions affecting the area and our businesses, we are always looking for new board members to join the team. Alternatively contact one of us for a chat – see contact list below.

About the Business Improvement District (and Town Team)
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' in November each year, to be spent on projects that benefit Bedminster businesses. Our stated priorities are to:

  • Create vibrant streets that excite and delight
  • Market and promote Bedminster
  • Reduce crime and improve the shopping environment
  • Advocate and lobby for Bedminster business interests
  • Drive down costs 

Please get in touch if you have any ideas about what we should do. Or, if you wish to attend a board meeting or one of our specialist sub-groups in Marketing, Arts & Culture or Built Environment (ie transport, planning and street improvement), please see our calendar here and drop us a line.

Further Information
Business to business news: www.bedminstertownteam.org
Customer facing website and social media:

George Grace - george@bedminster.org.uk
om Beard - markets@bedminster.org.uk
Simon Dicken (Wilko) - man242@wilko.co.uk
Ben Barker (GBCP) - benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk