February Newsletter 2018

Welcome to the February edition of the Bedminster BID Newsletter

BID Ballot – commences February 22nd
We were delighted to circulate hard copies of the Bedminster BID Renewal Proposal and Business Plan 2018-23 last week, which aims to raise £750,000 for investment in improving the area for businesses. If you haven't seen seen it yet, please click the image below.

Inside you will find all you need to know about what has been achieved over the past five years by businesses working together and - more importantly - the plans for next five years.
Bedminster businesses have told us they want us to continue with our five core strategies of:

·        marketing and promotion
·        creating more exciting streets
·        tackling crime
·        reducing costs
·        a strong voice for local businesses

The future of the BID is only possible if a majority of businesses vote YES in the ballot in March, to ensure essential BID funding continues – the average cost for independent businesses is only around £4 per week. We firmly believe the benefits of the BID greatly outweigh this cost as evidenced by the dramatic drop in shop vacancies over the past five years, the successful opening of many exciting new outlets attracted to Bedminster, and money saving offers exclusive to businesses in the BID area (such as 20% discount on waste collection services).
We hope you have been happy with the BID and wish to support it going forward by voting YES in the ballot. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact George Grace on 07801790645 or email business@bedminster.org.uk and we will be happy to telephone or meet you.
Marketing and Promotion
As the BID approaches the end of its five year term most of our attention by necessity is upon the renewal process. However we have one new event – or series of events – which will we hope bring some additional footfall to Bedminster’s pubs and should be worth some useful PR.  

Every Tuesday the aptly named ‘Blood and Butchery in Bedminster’ delves deep into the area’s gruesome history and how its pubs play a key role in these stories; including tales of body snatchers, concrete coffins, hangings judges and the most notorious heist in living memory. Created by the theatre company Show of Strength, Blood and Butchery in Bedminster begins at The Rope Walk on Bedminster Parade and explores tales of murder, mystery, betrayal and bullion, visiting pubs and landmarks along the way.

The first Blood and Butchery in Bedminster tplace on Tuesday January 30th and runs each Tuesday thereafter
o May 15th.

See here.

Bristol Food Connections
Bristol Food Connections is back and presents a chance to take part in a celebration of all that is great about Bristol’s food this June 11th-17th. Do you have a food-led activity you would like to shine a light on or wish to bring communities together to celebrate your food culture? This year the theme is TIME. Calls are out for feasts and celebrations, cooking demos, talks and debates, children’s activities, food campaigns, wine tastings, art installations, pop-up markets, supper clubs, farm tours, share a dish days. If you have an idea please contact Bristol Food Connections direct. Submit your event idea at www.bristolfoodconnections.com/run-an-event/ and they will contact you to help develop your ideas.

The next meeting of the Board is February 27th at 6pm at The Steam Crane. All local businesses are invited should they wish to attend when we intend to have a short meeting and a few drinks.
If you are interested in becoming more closely involved with the BID, we are an informal, friendly group, whose basic duties are to direct spending for the BID and Town Team. We invariably hold our meetings at 6pm on the first Tuesday of each month, and are looking for directors who can commit to a minimum of 5-6 meetings per year. Please do get in touch if you'd like to get involved.

About the Business Improvement District
Bedminster BID funding is 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.bedminster.org.uk/business-what-is-bid
Customer facing website and social media:

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

We are grateful to local accountants Tyrrell Procter and communications experts Plaster for their generous pro bono contributions to our activities.