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City Centre BID

City Centre BID

Destination Bristol oversees the ambitious new City Centre Business Improvement District (BID).

The development is rooted in work that Destination Bristol undertaken with the city centre business community over many years, mainly through managing the Traders' & Business Forums in Old City, on Park Street and in Harbourside.

Many businesses told us what they would like to see happen if funding was available and the BID will introduce significant improvements for the benefit of levy payers.

Keith Rundle, the BID Development Manager, assisted by Pauline Gendre and Vivienne Kennedy, is working with businesses in the City Centre BID area to ensure Bristol city centre is increasingly known for its safe, attractive and welcoming look and feel by all those who come to work, study, visit, and spend leisure time.

Following a Yes vote at a postal ballot run by an independent ballot provider in July 2017, the City Centre BID began its first five-year term on 1st November 2017.

The City Centre BID will focus on these five themes, see their prospectus for details:

Attractive and inviting

  • Increased use of lighting and living (planted) spaces
  • Empty shop management
  • Green legacy – solar tree
  • Hold complimentary and successful events

Improve safety

  • Well managed and co-ordinated for both day and night-time business
  • Develop and support crime reduction initiatives
  • Appropriate signage to identify the area

Connected and easily navigable

  • Wayfinding, mapping and information with good inter-business links
  • Improved transport options maintaining a balance between all users to benefit business and users.

Promoted and marketed as a single offer

  • Remembering its history – Promoting its present – Thinking of its future
  • Reduce the unfamiliarity of residents (old and young) with the area
  • Development of itineraries and business offers
  • Develop a Legacy project

Working together for mutual benefit

  • Reinforcing and initiating links between local businesses
  • Representing needs of business to council
  • Keeping the value of business at the forefront of city development

We believe that the time is right to do more to make Bristol city centre an even better place for everyone to visit, enjoy and do business in.

The City Centre BID team manage the City Centre BID website and social media channels as well as managing the Bristol Old City website.

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