April 2017 - New WH Smith Site Application
A new revised scheme for the former WH Smith site has been submitted to the planners in the form of a 'pre-planning application.' Peter Tisdale from THAT Group (the developers) will arrange a further public consultation once they have received guidance from the Planning Department. This will probably be in May or June. We will email you the date and put notices on the site hoardings and in the library. The design has been modified following feedback from the public consultation and from planning officers. We will continue to campaign on your behalf for a scheme that is worthy of this important site in the historic heart of Clifton. - Cllr Paula O'Rourke and Cllr Jerome Thomas
April 2017 - Clifton Library Update
Clifton Library is now under threat AGAIN. The latest cuts mean there will be £1.4 million reduction to Library services funding. There will be a citywide consultation process in May and Clifton residents will need to make a very strong case to prove that the Library must be maintained as a community asset. There will be a citywide consultation in May and residents will need to make a very strong case to save the Library (the only council run public building in Clifton). FoCCaL (Friends of Clifton Community Centre and Library) are working hard to save the library. The weekly programme of activities and sold out monthly performances and talks demonstrate a clear need for a library and community space in Clifton. Green councillors voted against the budget cuts and Paula and Jerome are supporting FoCCaL in the fight to save this vital community service. If you want to help save the library join FoCCaL, call into the library, visit www.foccal.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 2017 - Penny Brohn Bristol 10K
After a successful and rewarding Partnership with Penny Brohn UK in 2016, Anderson Financial Management are delighted to commit to continuing to work with Penny Brohn UK into 2017.
"This year, we are proud sponsors of the Penny Brohn Bristol 10K running team and, as part of our support, we are hosting a very special event that we hope you will be able to attend. "
Anderson Financial Management invites you to
An evening with Nick Gracie, Adventure Sport World Champion
Thursday 30th March - 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Hotel Du Vin, The Sugar House, Narrow Lewins Mead, Bristol, BS1 2NU
In aid of Penny Brohn UK
"Anderson Financial Management are absolutely delighted to be hosting “An evening with Nick Gracie, Adventure Sport World Champion” as part of our sponsorship of the Penny Brohn UK Bristol 10K team."
"Join us for this special event, where Nick will give us a passionate insight into his life as Captain of the GodZone Adventure Racing World Champions. The GodZone Adventure Team have been British Champions since 2005 and, in 2009, were crowned Adventure Racing World Champions, the only British team to achieve this. In 2014 the team became European Adventure Racing Champions and successfully defended the title in 2015."
Nick has been adventure racing, endurance running and cycling for the last 18 years. He has successfully completed 39 marathons, including The Marathon Des Sables, The Lakeland 100 and the infamous Berkley 100 mile race in the USA.
If you are interested in fitness, taking part in a run or you are preparing for any sort of challenge, the evening will be a great opportunity to learn motivational training and nutrition tips from the Captain of the UK’s most successful adventure racing teams.
The event also promises to give you an opportunity to connect with other local professionals, businesses and likeminded people in the lovely city centre location of the Hotel Du Vin.
"Join us for an inspiring and engaging evening, with wine, canapes and a business card raffle. Please feel welcome to bring guests."
Tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased via the link https://support.pennybrohn.org/nick-gracie
All proceeds from this event will support Penny Brohn UK and the weekly Treatment Support Clinic for men and women undergoing cancer treatment in the South West. For more information about Penny Brohn UK please visit their website. www.pennybrohn.org.uk
January 2017 - Mobile Catering Opportunity
Clifton Suspension Bridge invites tenders from local catering companies for the opportunity to establish a new Mobile Catering Unit on the Leigh Woods side of the bridge during the 2017 peak season (3rd April- 31st October). At this stage in time the intention is to grant exclusive catering rights on the site for a 7 month period (03/04/17 to 31/10/17), but with a view to an extended catering option being available in future.
The deadline for the submission of tender documents is 5pm on 30th January 2017. If shortlisted, you will then be invited to attend an interview to discuss your business plan.
Find full details at http://www.cliftonbridge.org.uk/about-us/opportunities.
December 2016 - Fishers Restaurant Win Gold!
Fishers recognised for gluten-free flexibility at 2016 FreeFrom Eating Out Awards
Fishers Restaurant is celebrating after it netted a gold award in the restaurant category of the 2016 FreeFrom Eating Out Awards (FFEA).
The annual awards have been running since 2014, and aim to celebrate the very best allergy-aware outlets – from fish and chip shops to five star restaurants. Fishers, an independent restaurant which has been based in Clifton Village for over 15 years, was the only establishment in the Bristol and Bath area to be shortlisted for the awards, and won the top accolade alongside five other restaurants from across the UK.
Speaking of Fishers’ win, the FFEA judges said: “All of the staff dealing with us were fully aware of our allergy requirements, what all their dishes contained and knew which of us needed which dishes. They were friendly and able to offer good advice on how dishes could be adapted to suit our needs.
All of the GF/DF dishes were fantastic - calamari, swordfish with a haricot bean casserole, new potatoes and followed by banana fritters with lemon sorbet. We would happily eat here again and would be totally confident in taking friends with food allergies there too.”
Alison Brown, the owner of Fishers, is delighted that the restaurant’s commitment to gluten-free flexibility has been recognised. Commenting on the win, she said: “At Fishers we completely understand how difficult it can be to eat out if you have specific dietary requirements. Many people feel embarrassed as if they’re making a fuss or being picky – not the best environment for a relaxing meal!
Our team are dedicated to ensuring that all of our guests have a fantastic experience, and everyone undertakes comprehensive allergen awareness training when they join us to ensure that they really know their stuff. For us it’s a real joy when someone realises they can enjoy proper fish and chips for the first time in years, and in addition to regularly receiving great feedback from guests who have struggled to eat out in the past, winning this award is fantastic recognition for all of the team’s efforts and is something we’re really thrilled about.”
In order to offer customers gluten-free flexibility, at Fishers a completely separate fryer is used for all gluten-free requests (even chips), gluten-free bread is provided by Batch 5 from the Bath Bakery (who have a completely purpose built gluten-free facility) and the menu can also be easily adapted to suit all requirements.
November 2016 - The No 9 Bus Route is Back!
The No 9 Bus Route is back, reconnecting Clifton Village with Whiteladies Road
Following meetings with local councillors and First Bus CEO, James Freeman, the route of the No 9 will change on 9th January. The re-route will include an extended loop to allow residents to access shops and health care facilities.
The proposed change was identified by Jerome Thomas who made a strong case for the re-routing.
The need for the change was demonstrated to James Freeman when he attended the Neighbourhood Forum meeting where 171 people turned out to protest.
Councillors for Clifton and Clifton Down then met with James Freeman to press for change. Jerome's eye for detail and innovative thinking, resulted in the suggestion which First Bus have been able to put in place.
November 2016 - THAT Group Latest Proposal
THAT Group hosted a public consultation event on 31st October 2016 regarding proposals to redevelop 2 - 16 Clifton Down Road. Following feedback from a previous consultation event on the 5th September a revised proposal has been put forward. If you were unable to attend the meeting and would like to view the latest proposal and provide feedback, please click on the link below;
Latest THAT Group Proposal
October 2016 – Clifton in Bloom Wins Again!
We are delighted to let you know that Clifton In Bloom were outstanding in the South West In Bloom competitions this year! Prizes included;
Gold as a Pennant Entry and the Silver Salver Award for The Most Meritorious Urban Community. Within the Pennant Entry we were awarded The Gordon Ford Trophy for Town Green Cliftonwood - Best In Your Neighbourhood. The Mall Gardens also received Outstanding for Best In Your Neighbourhood and a Gold Award went to Bristol Zoo for Business Leisure and Tourism. In the Bristol in Bloom Awards, Waterloo Street were awarded Silver as a Best Shopping Street.
Because of Clifton in Bloom's success as an Urban Community, we are now being considered as a 2017 candidate for the National Britain In Bloom Awards for Best Urban Community. This will involve a little extra work for the village and the neighbourhoods, but it would be truly amazing to achieve a Gold in a National Competition! This is a very prestigious competition both for the BID and for everyone that lives and works in the BID Clifton area.
Sat 10th Sept 2016 - Tour of Britian reaches Clifton Village
Get Ready to Participate
The Tour of Britain is coming to Bristol. Clifton Village will see two stages of this iconic event, racing through Christ Church Green then over the bridge.
The Tour of Britain 2016 is one of the largest public spectator events in the UK and BID CV is using this ideal opportunity, on your behalf, to create awareness about our beautiful Village and community whilst increasing footfall.
BID CV has secured a large screen which will be positioned at the top of The Mall and will be showing live coverage of the cycling from 10am to 5pm.
Spectators will be encouraged to relax and enjoy both the cycling and all that Clifton Village has to offer. There’s a two hour break between the stages — the ideal opportunity for the crowds to wander the Village.
BID CV is funding the screen and ancillary activities and has also committed funds to promote it widely across the city and nationally, through press, TV and radio.
Help make the most of race day Decorating the entire Village with bicycles, flags, bunting, etc. provides a great opportunity to promote the Village and its businesses to a national audience. We need a group of enthusiastic retailers/business to be involved, so if you have skills, ideas and can spare a few hours to make this a spectacular celebration for Clifton Village, please get in touch: email@example.com.
22nd August 2016 – The English Curry Awards
Congratulations to Joy Raj for winning the category ‘Best Team / Service’ in the South West. It is excellent to see a local Clifton Indian restaurant winning a regional award at a national awards ceremony. www.joyraj.co.uk
March '16 - The Clifton Collective bee-friendly planters
Brightening up Bristol and creating new habitats for bees and other pollinators, a series of new multi-tiered planters have been developed by dedicated locals to be placed at key locations across Clifton Village.
The impressive planter extends over several tiers and is full of bee houses, bee hotels and bee-friendly seasonal flowers and herbs. The planters have been hand built from reclaimed wood and designed especially for Clifton Village by Bristol carpenter Russell Henry from Hot Soup House.
“We hope these planters will raise awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators to our ecosystem as well as brightening up Clifton Village and becoming permanent fixtures across our community.
As many pollinators such as bees and butterflies are in decline globally, with one of the main causes being the loss of habitat and flowers, this collective is an opportunity to look for ways to boost numbers and is in line with the National Pollinator Strategy.”
February '16 - Clifton Village Map
BID Clifton Village released a new map of Clifton Village detailing lots of points of interest. Click the image to view the map.
25th November '15 - Grand Christmas Auction (6pm)
In order to help us make Clifton Village sparkle this Christmas we are organising a Grand Christmas Auction, on Wednesday 25th November at 6pm in the Clifton Arcade. Members are being invited to make donations for auction.
Do please spread the word and invite friends and colleagues to join us for what promises to be a fun evening.
See the catalogue listing the wide variety of donations generously made by businesses throughout the Village.!
11th November '15 - Christmas Light Up Event (6pm)
This years Christmas light up event will be held in the Mall Gardens from 6pm on the 11th November. Carol singers from Christ Church Church will joining us to start the evening off. I wonder who will be making a guest appearance to light up the tree for the Village this year?!
We will be supporting Children’s Hospice South West who provide hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their family. CHSW are holding a Santas on the Run fund-raising event on Sunday 13th December, it would be great to if as many people as possible could take part in this 2k run. Please encourage your colleagues, friends and family to join in. For more information see http://www.chsw.org.uk/events/santas-on-the-run/bristol#.VioSAbq4mqQ
9th November '15, 6pm - BID CV Annual General Meeting
Businesses are encouraged to attend the AGM in the Clifton Room of the Avon Gorge Hotel. We will be summarising the past year and looking at the exciting plans we have for the Village for our fourth year.
This is also an opportunity for you to tell The Board your ideas for the forthcoming year and how we can help your business.
9th October '15 - Local Initatives
A couple of local initiatives we wanted to let you know about. For further information please go to the websites listed:-
1. Nominations have opened for the inaugural Bristol Lifestyle Awards presented by Made in Bristol TV. There are numerous categories, including Best Restaurant, Best Fashion Retailer, Best Coffee Shop and Best Bristol Experience. More information go to www.bristollifestyleawards.com
2. A new collaboration among local cafes, restaurants and street food vendors called the Better Lunch Project is all about getting people out of their offices at lunchtimes to local places, rather than having desk-based meals from supermarkets. http://www.betterlunchproject.com for more information.
26th September '15 - South West in Bloom Awards
Congratulations Clifton Village! I am delighted to tell you that at last nights South West in Bloom Awards Ceremony, Clifton Village was awarded GOLD for it's entry into this years Pennant award.
The judges were very impressed with the knowledge and enthusiasm of everyone involved on the judging day and the unique gems that Clifton has to offer.
Very many thanks to everyone who contributed to us receiving this prestigious award.
21st September '15 - Sunday trading shake-up: legal implications for retailers
In the recent summer budget, George Osborne revealed plans to relax Sunday trading laws by devolving power to local authorities. Under the current rules, large shops (those with a shop floor larger than 280 square metres) cannot open for more than 6 hours on Sundays. The proposals would end the national 6 hour limit and allow metro mayors and local authorities to 'zone' parts of their area in which large shops could open for longer.
Unsurprisingly, this has provoked mixed reactions. Some argue it will boost the economy and revitalise the high street, helping it compete with online retailers. Lobby group Open Sundays has claimed the reforms will bring in £20.3bn over 20 years to the British economy. Others believe it will harm family life and damage society. It's not just churches and trade unions that have responded negatively, the Association of Convenience Stores says that small shops may struggle if the crucial advantage of their long opening hours is removed. But whatever your views on the social and economic impact of the proposals, there are a surprising number of legal implications that retailers should be aware of:
- Planning: even if the relevant local authority removes Sunday restrictions, there may still be planning constraints affecting premises which prevent longer opening. If so, retailers will need to take steps to avoid the risk of planning enforcement action being taken against them.
- Employment: retailers must carefully consider how to manage their workforce to cover additional hours. Unless they are employed specifically to work on Sundays, shop workers are protected from being penalised for refusing to work on Sundays. Any alterations of working hours will require changes to employment contracts, and if an employee refuses, imposing the change anyway could lead to constructive dismissal claims. In addition, under equality laws, any blanket policy requiring employees to work on Sundays may discriminate indirectly against Christians and other religious groups. Employers will need to think carefully before imposing such a policy.
- Leases: the changes may have implications for leases. If turnover rent is involved, landlords may put pressure on tenants to open for longer if it means a higher turnover and therefore a higher rent. There may also be concerns about an increase in service charge if services are extended beyond current standard opening hours (for example lighting and security in shopping centres).
Practical considerations: the changes will have a knock on effect on many things, from stock levels and delivery times to waste removal and technical support. Retailers will need to manage all of these to ensure the smooth running of extended Sunday opening, and supply chain contracts may need to be amended. This will be made more complicated by the ad hoc nature of the proposals, meaning different rules for different stores across the country.
30th August 2015 - Could Mary Portas help your business?
The last series aired earlier this year and attracted around 2m viewers per episode.
7th July 2015 - Residents Parking Scheme - Survey Feedback
Findings and proposed solutions have been announced from the independent Business Survey completed in April/May regarding the current Clifton Village RPS.
Key findings are:
- 67% of traders and retailers are happy with the ability for customers to park, with the exception of 3 hot spots
- There is little or no parking for customers in 3 hot spot areas: The Mall (top), Boyces Avenue/Kings Rd, and Regent St. This is a major concern to businesses in these areas who have noticed a significant drop in footfall as a result of RPS
- 100% of commercial businesses are unhappy with the number of business permits they receive, they are unable to trade effectively believing any expansion plans for the future will be impossible with current permit restrictions
- 94% of businesses are unhappy with the 9pm finish
- 90% of businesses are concerned about the poor bus links into the Village and 89% are concerned about the length of time it now takes staff to get to work as a result
- Concern remains about the cost of a business permit – why are they up to 5 times as expensive as resident’s permits?
Consideration for action by Bristol City Council will follow feedback at:
- three month health check - from mid to late June 2015
- six month review - mid to late September 2015
11th June 2015 - Nepal Earthquake Auction
£10,000 raised by Clifton Village auction for the Nepal Earthquake charity.
Over 50 lots were donated for free by Clifton Village BID members and at a well attended auction run by our very own Andrew Morgan MBE, we were delighted that £10k was raised for the charity.
An amazing effort from everyone concerned.
2nd June 2015 - Library Consultation
There’s just one month left to go in the Libraries for the Future consultation, and we would like to thank everyone who has responded.
No decisions have been made about the future yet, and we would like to encourage you to keep sharing the survey with friends, families and colleagues, whether they are library users or not, so we can get as many views as possible. As a reminder, the link to the online survey is here:
The Library in Clifton Village is an essential part of the community and something we believe should be protected. As a Village we don’t have a community centre and the Library is used as a meeting place or venue for classes by some of the smaller businesses, and it also supports our older residents enabling them to visit, socialise, read the newspaper and use the internet. Similarly it is a place of encouragement to children as well as a social activity venue for those taking part in classes such as Pilates, Yoga etc.
Without the library, Clifton Village will have no space that belongs to the community and a focal point of the Village could be lost.
One of the key objectives of BID Clifton Village is to to support and encourage our community and the well being of businesses, local residents and vistors to the Village.
We are keen to work with Bristol City Council to find a workable solution to ensure Clifton keeps its library.
14th May 2015 - Charity Auction - in aid of the Nepal earthquake victims
BID Clifton Village will be holding a charity auction on 10th June (7pm) at All Saints Church. We need your help! Please donate items for the auction. See the leaflet for more details.
30th April 2015 - Additional Cycle Stands in Clifton Village
Bristol City Council have issued a cycle rack consultation document for additional cycle stands in Clifton Village.
29th April 2015 - Clifton FoodFest
Friday 5th June will be the launch of Clifton’s second FoodFest (Friday 5th - Sunday 21st June). Already 16 Restaurants and Cafes have signed up for the event, offering customers a £10 meal deal - if you haven’t already done so, there is still time to get involved - send Rosie an email with details of your offer as early as possible.
In addition to the FoodFest offering, on Saturday 6th June we are inviting all food and or drink related outlets to take part in a Tasting Day. Simply set up a table or stall outside your premises to create a street party feel and offer your customers samples to try. If you would like to find out more about the Tasting Day, drop Rosie a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
The event will be supported with posters, leaflets, PR activity including journalist reviews, social media and website coverage.
If you have any ideas on how we can make this years FoodFest bigger and better then please do get in contact with Rosie - I very much look forward to hearing your thoughts on how you would like to get involved.
8th March 2015 - We close the door
Are you already one of the stores which close their doors when heating is on?. If so, contact email@example.com for a decal like the one shown to show your green credentials and your support for Bristol Green Capital Year.
If you still have your doors open, think about the benefits of a change in policy:
- Savings of up to 50% of total energy used, (see research from Cambridge University at http://www.closethedoor.org.uk/about-us/our-research/).
Protect your staff
- Research expected March 2015 from Kings College London Air Quality Team will show that closing the door significantly reduces particulates in the store and therefore long-term health hazards. See dangers at http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/air-pollution/effects
Demonstrate environmental responsibility
- Show you care and understand the environmental issues. Open doors are so last century!
7th January 2015 - Would you like to become a snow warden?
24th November 2014 - Electric Bike Pool - Bristol City Council
Are you interested in an Electric Pool Bike for your business? You can register from December for a free 6 month “Electric Bike Loan”, email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this Bristol City Council initiative.
4th November 2014 - BID 2013 Accounts
BID Clifton Village accounts released
If you require further information regarding the above accounts please email email@example.com
28th October 2014 - Ice Rink Update, Clifton Down Road
As I am sure you are all aware, this Christmas Clifton Village will be having its very own ice rink. That Property Group, who are developing the Clifton Down Road site, have updated us with the latest news re the opening, which is likely to be 27th November and the ice rink will remain open into the New Year.
Due to unforeseen circumstances the ice rink plans have had to be adjusted slightly and resubmitted to the Council for a redesigned Ice rink, but one which maintains the existing building as the pavilion to the rink. In the previous plan, they had a white marquee as the pavilion, but now the existing building provides that function, on the basis that it is lightly adapted to suit the specific needs of the Ice rink.
The existing building will remain in its current state, in so far as the structure is concerned. However, the ice rink operation will now create the ice rink on the front courtyard, in an ‘L’ shape. Please see revised plans with this email. The main entrance into the ice rink will remain in Kings Road, so as to ensure the footfall generated is ‘funnelled’ to Kings Road, Boyces Avenue and the Clifton Arcade, those businesses likely to be most affected by the redevelopment.
27th August 2014 - Clifton Life - Independent article
Great article on Clifton independents in Clifton Life initiated by BID Clifton Village - View article
24th August 2014 - Business Directory
As part of the development of the Clifton Village website we are building a directory of all the businesses in Clifton Village. Each business will have it's own business page and will also be able to add offers and events to their page. There is no charge to the business for the page.
We will be setting up the accounts over the next few weeks and sending out username and passwords. Details on how to add your details can be found here.
18th August 2014 - Shaun in the City Announcement
Following on from the success of Gromit Unleashed in 2013 we are delighted to announce that we will will be part of the ’ Shaun in the City’ in summer 2015 and BID CV will have its own ‘Shaun’ in Clifton Village.
Last year our Gromit ‘Sheepdog’ was designed by Richard Starzak, creator of Shaun the Sheep and it proved to be a great success attracting over 1.8 million visitors and raising £4.5m for Bristol Children’s Hospital.
‘Shaun in the City’ involves over 100 sculptures and will launch in March, co-inciding with the Chinese Year of the Sheep and following the release or Aadrman’s Shaun the Sheep The Movie.
We hope you will agree that this is a fantastic opportunity for Clifton to go ‘sheep crazy’ next year and we look forward to working together to make 2015 ‘Ewe-mazing’!!!
28th March – 25th May 2015
6th July – 31st August 2015
14th July 2014 - Clifton Life - Clifton Countdown
12th July 2014 - Daily Telegraph Britain's Coolest Streets
Clifton Village's very own Princess Victoria Street is No. 4 in the Daily Telegraph Britain's Coolest Streets.
17th June 2014 - FENICE
Congratulations to FENICE who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary during July 2014.
7th June 2014 - The A-Z of Curious Bristol (£12.99)
New book on Bristol and Clifton released -"The A-Z of Curious Bristol". Strange stories of mysteries, crimes and eccentrics, interesting buildings and peculiar customs
Bristol’s history is packed with mysterious nooks and crannies, peculiar customs and curious characters. This book explains why the vicar in one church goes on an annual trek to peer down a manhole; why captains of industry sing an 18-verse song in memory of Queen Elizabeth I; and how the Flower of Bristol got its name. You will meet some unusual contraptions, like the bed with in-built exercise equipment, or the thrashing machine for naughty boys. You will also discover why a public clock still runs to Bristol time. This compendium of the weird and wonderful will surprise even those Bristolians who thought they really knew their city.
Illustrated with numerous black-and-white photographs. A highly readable, entertaining book that will provide hours of amusement for Bristol residents and visitors
Contact Maurice Fells to get your copy.
6th June 2014 - Want up to £3k to improve your broadband?
Get a Connection Voucher now!
Grants of up to £3,000 are now available to small and medium sized businesses in Bristol, helping with the cost of installing high-speed, high-grade broadband.
Registered charities, social enterprises and sole traders can also apply.
There’s nearly £5m available but hurry, it’s first-come, first-served and must be used by February 2015.
It’s quick and simple – do it now at www.connectionvouchers.co.uk/bristol
24th April 2014 - Clifton Suspension Bridge toll rise
The cost of crossing Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge by car or motorcycle is to rise from 50p to £1 per journey from 24 April.
It follows a public inquiry held by the Department for Transport last May after opposition to the plan.
Bridge trustees argued its costs had risen "significantly" and the increase would allow it to break-even.
The Bridge carries over 3 million vehicles each year.
View what BBC News had to say on the rise.
3rd April 2014 - New Business opens in Clifton Arcade
Objects Des Desir opens on Thursday 3rd April in the Clifton Arcade, selling beautiful handmade designer jewellery, fashion, homeware and art. Designed and handcrafted by emerging artists and designers.
Objets de Desir is an online boutique which has now opened a new shop in the Clifton Arcade. Objets de Désir represents a handpicked selection of emerging designers and artists from across the world.
13th March 2014 - Clifton Village retailer wins award
Congratulations to John Titcombe Jewellers who have been awarded Best Fairtrade Retailer (single product) at the recent Fairtrade Business awards.
The award was open to all business in the southwest who deal in fairtrade products.
In the same week Made Just So have also been announced as finalist in The Greats Retail awards for Best Newcomer South & Wales.
1st March 2014 - YourStreet Gift Cards
For those of you who haven't heard about the recently launched YourStreet gift card, we would like to introduce you to the gift card for independent shops and the benefits to your business.
Anne-Louise Perez and Imogen Mcintosh launched YourStreet gift cards in September 2013, they have already signed up 140 retailers and have sold 7,000 gift cards to date . As well as the public buying cards, corporates are now seeing this gift card as a new and worthwhile way to incentivise and reward staff. Recent clients include the Royal Marriot, Federation of Small Businesses, Avon and Somerset Police (via Restorative Justice). With more corporates showing interest this has potentially huge benefits for independent traders. Coming this month too will be an advertising campaign on 30 of the Wessex buses in Bristol, again raising awareness to a huge audience! So all very exciting.
YourStreet gift card is a private labelled (branded YourStreet) Visa debit card - therefore, you receive your payment at the point of purchase. For each transaction you take on the gift card, you pay 10% commission to Your Street - this commission relates only to the amount spent on the card, not on any overspend. Commission is collected via direct debit on a monthly basis, reducing paperwork for you.
The usual sign up cost is £75.00 per retailer, however, YourStreet have agreed to offer BID CV a 3 month introductory offer valid until May 30th of £50.00, as long as more than 5 or more businesses per month take up this offer in the Village. The sign up cost will be a one off payment and secures you a free page on the website, window stickers highlighting that you are a YourStreet retailer, and includes your point of sale YourStreet materials such as posters , flyers, desk tents. YourStreet will also promote you via social media.
The gift cards can be bought online and we will also be looking out for retailers to sell the gift cards too.
Anne-Louise will be visiting all the businesses in the Village on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th March, to answer any questions you may have regarding the gift card. This will also be an opportunity for you to sign up to YourStreet and make the most of the introductory offer.
It would be fantastic if as many of you as possible signed up to the gift card, it will certainly bring more shoppers to Clifton Village.
In the meantime, for further information please download their letter and also refer to www.yourstreetgiftcards.com
17th February 2014 - Clifton Village Shop to Let
Shop to Let - 44 m2 (Total Area)
Currently used as clothes shop
Separate facilities to rear – storeroom/kitchenette/toilet
Near Clifton Suspension Bridge
TERM: 2 years from March 2014
RENT: £15000 per annum
RATES: £5737 per annum
For more information please phone 07831 345842 Tina
13th February 2014 - Waste Management
BID CV have been holding discussions with locally based waste management company, WasteSource -
Their aim is to give customers a waste package that suits individual businesses, by looking at areas you can recyle more and saving you money by providing these necessary services more cost effectively.
If you would like to find out more information, please contact:-
- Jon Free - 07931 925257
- Chris Holland - 07792 937920
13th February 2014 - PING!
We need to find a new home for the table tennis table, currently situated outside the soon to be demolished shops on Clifton Down Road. If you have any suggestions for a new home for the table please contact Rosie ASAP.
13th February 2014 - Maps & Signage Funding
Last week we received exciting news from Neighbourhood Partnership! BID Clifton Village has been awarded £10,000, to help improve the signage in the Village.
We are looking to site, two post mounted signs at key entry points to the Village:-
- The Suspension Bridge
- The Bottom of Regent Street, being one of the main entry points into Clifton Village from the South, near the Nuffield Health
- Boyces Avenue/Victoria Square, a main entry point into Clifton Village from the East
We have already commissioned a map of Clifton Village to be illustrated – each BID business will appear on the map
17th January 2014 - Funding Opportunities
Please find below a breakdown of some funding opportunities as highlighted by Bristol City Council on Friday 17th January 2014.
Discretionary Rate Relief
As you may be aware the council has been revising its Discretionary Rate Relief policy for charitable and not for profit organisations. Download the application form this will also shortly be place at www.bristol.gov.uk/rates
In addition, the Government’s Autumn Statement announced other reliefs, including continuance ofSmall Business Rate Relief (SBRR) were announced. Information on SBRR can be found at www.gov.uk/apply-for-business-rate-relief/small-business-rate-relief. We are still waiting guidance from the Government on the following:
Temporary Reoccupation Relief, granting a 50% discount from business rates for new occupants of previously empty retail premises for 18 months, to help reduce the number of boarded up shops on English high streets. The relief will be granted to businesses moving into long-term empty retail properties on or after 1 April 2014 and on or before 31 March 2016.
Discount of up to £1,000 against business rates bills for retail premises (including pubs, cafes, restaurants and charity shops) with a rateable value of up to £50,000 in 2014-15 and 2015-16. You can check your rateable value at www.voa.gov.uk
South Bristol Jobs Fair
Bristol City Council are working with the City of Bristol College and Jobcentre Plus to deliver a South Bristol Jobs Fair on Tuesday 18 February (10am to 2pm).
"This popular event will be the third Jobs Fair we have held at the South Bristol Skills Academy. We normally have between 400-500 keen visitors. If businesses are seeking to recruit staff, they are welcome to take a table at the Jobs Fair where they can talk to suitable people during the event. If businesses are seeking only one or two staff and/or will not have staff available to attend the Fair, we will be happy to take details and can add your poster to our very popular Jobs-Wall. The event is free to all and if you have any questions, please contact Chris Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org"
9th December 2013 - Bristol businesses to benefit from £4.8 million to improve their broadband
Bristol is set to receive almost £4.8 million to help businesses in the city upgrade to high speed broadband. This funding will enable small and medium businesses to upgrade their broadband by covering the upfront cost of installation. It is part of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Super Connected Cities £100 million scheme which was announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on Thursday
7th December 2013 - Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is taking place in the UK for the first time on 7th December. Small Business Saturday is all about encouraging everyone to support small businesses, both on the day and beyond. Further information can be found @SmallBizSatUK on Twitter and www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.
Bristol has a great record of supporting small businesses all year around – the independent nature of the city is one of its key strengths. It is believed that some 70% of the city’s shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and hairdressers etc are independent.
BBC Breakfast are looking to interview Bristol businesses getting involved, interviews would be the day before from 6am-6.30am. Please get in touch with Bristol City Council if you are interested in getting involved email@example.com
24th November 2013 - Pop-Up Shop Opportunities in Barclays Bank branches in Bristol
Barclays are trying to help with promoting local businesses and work with local communities in and around Bristol, so are looking to hold 'Pop Up Shop' events in their local branches where they can.
Interested businesses don't need to bank with Barclays. They are unable to sell their products/services on the day but can advertise, bring samples, do demonstrations, take orders etc. Its primarily aimed at getting their name out there directly with potential customers.
For further information please email:firstname.lastname@example.org
14th November 2013 - Christmas switch on
This year our tree is a massive 55ft.
At the lighting up celebration at The Mall Gardens Thursday 14th Nov there were over 1000 people in attendance and we were delighted to have the Mayor and Lord Major both present as well as special guest Donna the Donkey!.
17th October 2013 - AGM Meeting
The BID Clifton Village AGM was held on Thursday 17th October, 2013, at 6.30 pm, in the Riverside Suite of the Avon Gorge Hotel.
All BID members were invited to attend.
15th October 2013 - Britain in Bloom - Silver Medal
Congratulations to everyone who took part in Clifton In Bloom's entry into the Urban Community Category. On Saturday night at the awards ceremony in Cleethorpes we won a Silver! This is a great achievement as we were one of 77 groups invited to join the Britain In Bloom Competition and were up against 10 worthy urban community entries.
BID Clifton Village would like to say a huge 'Thank you' to Sharon Baker for all her work for Clifton Village on the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards 2013.
Andrew Morgan (BID Clifton Village Chairman) appeared in the Bristol Evening Post talking about the proposed Residential Parking Scheme and the need for additional services such as a shuttle bus service.
2nd October 2013 - Residents Parking Zones - Clifton Village - Consultation Period
The start of the consultation process was delayed by Bristol City Council and in the first meeting with businesses they were advised that the turn around on the request for data would be 15 days, the number of days remaining before the close of the consultation process at that time was only 11 days...?
Consultation involves a two way flow of information and opinion exchange, concern exists amongst businesses in Clifton Village that this has been denied to them. BID CV has therefore written to Bristol City Council to request a delay in closing the consultation period.
A large number of questions have been raised relating to key areas of the scheme for which little meaningful data and feedback has been received.
24th September 2013 - Residents Parking Zones - Bristol City Council presentation
Bristol City Council gave a presentation to a small number of businesses in Clifton Village on 23rd September.
The presentation provides an overview of the proposed Residential Parking Scheme (RPS) for Clifton Village detailing:
- What is RPS?
- Why is RPS needed?
- Experience elsewhere
- What is happening and how people/businesses can influence it
As you may be aware the consultation period for this proposal ends on 4th October 2013 and everyone is asked to contact Bristol City Council with their thoughts and comments before this deadline:
- Highways & Traffic, Wilder House, Wilder Street, Bristol BS2 8PH
In the meanwhile feedback from the BID CV survey is being compiled and you will receive details of this shortly.
19th September 2013 - Residents Parking Zones - Business meetings for Clifton Village
BID Clifton Village has organised two drop-in sessions for businesses to discuss the Clifton Village residents' parking scheme with representatives of Bristol City Council.
- 26 Sept - 5.30pm to 8.30pm - The New Hall at Clifton High School, College Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3JD
- Wed 2 Oct- 5.30pm to 8.30pm - The New Hall at Clifton High School, College Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3JD
They are free events, but businesses will need to register here
Businesses can attend at any time during the three-hour session. The aim is to discuss the positive benefits and potential impacts of residents' parking on local business in the area, and to ensure there is an opportunity to pick up any issues with scheme design - such as loading and pay and display parking. Detailed plans of the proposals will be available to view and council representatives will be available to record observations and suggestions.
Clifton Village and Clifton West were originally designed as two separate schemes. They have now been merged into one larger scheme. If businesses wish to view the proposals for Clifton Village (and the former Clifton West) schemes in advance, please view here.
An exhibition board detailing the plans is also available to view at Clifton Library and Central Library. There are also resources behind the counter to understand the scheme in more detail.
Businesses have until 4th October 2013 to comment on the plans, as follows.
- At the meetings (as above).
- By email: email@example.com
- By Mail:
Highways and Traffic,
Bristol City Council,
Bristol City Council,
15th September 2013 - Residents Parking Zones - BID Questionnaire
BID Clifton Village is aware that many businesses are concerned about the forthcoming Residential Parking Scheme (RPS) and how it may affect your business.
We are therefore undertaking a short survey, the feedback of which will be collated and placed on the website for your attention in order that you can use the information to best support your correspondence with Bristol City Council about this matter.
We ask that you complete by 5pm on Friday 20th September 20123. Apologies for such a short time period but the Bristol City Council consultation period only runs until 4th October 2013 and we are keen to get the data back to you as soon as possible.
In the meanwhile we have arranged for Jon Toy of Bristol City Council to meet with the businesses of BID CV to hear their thoughts and we will forward you details of when and where this will take place shortly.
9th September 2013 - Residents Parking Zones
- Initial proposals for Clifton Village RPZ's revealed
- Clifton Village consultation drawing (1) (pdf, 1.4 MB)(opens new window)
- Clifton Village consultation drawing (2) (pdf, 1.2 MB)(opens new window)
- Residents Parking Scheme information sheet - July 2013 (pdf, 139 KB)
5th September 2013 - Residents Parking Zones
- Clifton Village has now been merged with Clifton West to make one larger scheme area.
- Draft plans will be published on the website during the week of 9 September 2013.
- An exhibition stand will be erected in the local library during the week of 9 September 2013.
- A postcard reminder will go out during the week of 9 September 2013.
- Comments close on 4 October 2013.
- A feedback report will be published on the internet prior to formal consultation.
- Formal consultation is planned for January 2014.
August 2013 - Bristol in Bloom - Silver Gilt Medal
Waterloo Street has achieved a SILVER GILT MEDAL (3rd place for Shopping Area/Street) in Bristol in Bloom 2013.
August 2013 - Clifton walking books released
A great way of enjoying a healthy walk while you uncover the secrets of Clifton. Easy to use with over 100 colour images, fact packed and fun for people for all ages. Includes a children's quiz. £7.99
August 2013 - Cutting edge imaging equipment arrives at new Chesterfield Hospital
Cutting edge imaging equipment, including a new CT and MRI, has been winched into place at Nuffield Health’s state-of-the-art Chesterfield Hospital, due to open in Clifton Village this October.
July 2013 - Engineers’ House receives Award for Excellence
Congratulations to Engineers’ House in Clifton Downs, Bristol which has won the BDRC VenueVerdict Award for Excellence at the Conference Centres of Excellence Awards 2013, held on 18th July.
July 2013 - Summer of PING!
PING-PONG players across the city are being invited to get their bats out for another summer of Ping! Following on from last year's success, Ping! 2013 is set to be bigger and better – with more tables, more locations and more events.
There will be 64 ping-pong tables on Bristol's streets, in parks and at social Ping! venues to ensure as many people as possible get to join in.
The Clifton Village ping pong table is next to W H Smiths, bats and ball available from Havana Coffee.
The Ping! tables are now up for seven weeks for everyone – whatever their level, from complete novices to seasoned table tennis players – to enjoy.
To join in the fun, would-be ping-pong players either borrow a bat and ball from the side of the table, hire one from nearby or bring their own.
For more information see the official website www.pingbristol.net
July 2013 - Clifton Suspension Bridge proposed Toll Rise
The public enquiry has now finished and an announcement will be made in the Autumn.
July 2013 - Gromit could be worth £58m to Bristol economy
In just a few days, the city has already gone Gromit crazy – but it's not just Bristolians who cannot get enough of the legion of colourful pooches. All the early indications are that Gromit Unleashed could bring far more tourists to the city than the Banksy vs Bristol Museum exhibition of 2009, which brought 300,000 extra visitors into Bristol, giving the city a £15 million tourism boost.
The city's tourist chiefs believe the economic impact of Gromit is likely to be more than £58m.
June 2013 - Local artists compete to win photography bursary
12 photography students from the South West and Wales have been shortlisted to win a photography bursary with leading local healthcare charity, Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital.
The finalists have been selected from the University of the West of England, Bath Spa University and the University of South Wales, and will compete in a selection day later this month. Six of the lucky finalists will go on to be awarded the bursary and have their work installed in the new state-of-the art Chesterfield hospital, due to open in Clifton Village this October.
June 2013 - Free First Aid Training
*FREE First Aid Training for BID members and their employees. Nuffield Heath is kindly donating their expertise to give you the opportunity to gain vital lifesaving skills and a certificate to prove it.
HSC Approved and taking just a morning or afternoon of your time. All of those who are interested please can you let Mark Smith know whether a morning or afternoon would be preferable.
Dates and the location are to be decided once numbers are confirmed but it will be held in the local area. A donation of £5 would be asked to cover refreshmentsThe kind offer from Nuffield Health is only available to BID Members or their employees.
If interested please e-mail Mark on firstname.lastname@example.org
June 2013 - Residents Parking Zones
Mayor softness his position on Residents Parking Scheme – read the latest statement from the mayor
June 2013 - Residents Parking Zones
On 22nd May Bristol City Council made a presentation with questions and answers to businesses operating within the proposed areas of the Residents Parking Zones. A business engagement questionnaire and further information can be access at www.bristol.gov.uk/rps
The RPS is a serious concern for many businesses and we are consulting with BCC to discuss parking and we are also keen to receive your thoughts and input.
June 2013 - Clifton Suspension Bridge proposed Toll Rise
A public enquiry is currently underway to consider the proposed increase in charges from 50p to £1 per crossing.
It’s worth being aware that if you purchase a Bridge Crossing Card the costs will be less – the proposed cost of a PAYC card is £50 per 100 crossings (50p per crossing) £170 for 400 crossings (42.5p) and £350 for 1000 crossings (35p).
June 2013 - Clifton - Best Suburb (The Sunday Telegraph)
Clifton was voted as the best suburb in Britain, No. 1 ahead of (2) Sandbanks Poole, (3) Kew SW London, (4) Merchiston Edinburgh, (5) Hove Brighton.
"In picking the top 20 suburbs, I have tried to focus on the quality of life...good schools, shops and leisure facilities, plus a strong sense of community, all play their part"
"'For Bristolians, Clifton is the place to live, and gives the city an edge over its beautiful West Country rival, Bath....the mix of stylish bars and boutiques, great schools and restaurants and walks on the Downs makes it unbeatable."
“The village enjoys a relaxed and bohemian culture far removed from its imposing Georgian architecture”
Max Davidson, The Sunday Telegraph
May 2013 - Support for Healthy Living
Nuffield Health have demonstrated their ongoing support for BID Clifton Village by generously providing us with a defibrillator and case to be located in the village for use in emergencies. This follows their sponsorship of the Christmas tree in the Mall Gardens last year.
May 2013 - Clifton in top 100 (The Sunday Times)
Clifton has been voted one of the top places to live in the country.
Described as an "exclusive quarter" of Bristol it is said by The Sunday Times to have "Georgian architecture, brilliant food, watering holes and boutiques."
May 2013 - Clifton in Bloom
Clifton has been invited to compete in the Best Urban Community category in the national RHS Competition this summer. This is a great honour and follows our achievements in recent years – Clifton Village was named Best Urban Community in the South West in 2011 and 2012. Judging will take place between 29th July and 9th August, so please make every effort to help us win with floral displays outside your premises. Hanging baskets are again available from Bristol City Council at the special BID Clifton Village price of £70 per basket, including a regular watering service!
April 2013 - Gromit Unleashed - Artist Announced
Following on from the success of the Gorillas, this summer Bristol will be home to a large number of Gromit statues and BID Clifton Village has secured one for 10 weeks from July 1st. The campaign is to raise money for the Children’s Hospital and the Gromits will, as with the Gorillas, be auctioned off for this Charity.
There will be additional Gromits at the Nuffield Hospital and the Avon Gorge Hotel, thus creating a ‘trail’ for visitors to follow around the village.
There will be merchandising opportunities and as soon as we know more about them we will let you know.
April 2013 - Signpost in the Village
A successful submission for funding has been made to the local Neighbourhood Partnership for the provision of additional fingerpost signage throughout the BID area to direct visitors to our principal attractions. £10,000 has been awarded enabling us to highlight key venues, as well as the main trading areas. It is intended that the new signage will help to relieve the need for A-boards in certain areas which have been, in some cases illegally positioned. This will avoid the need for further Council enforcement action. A map of sites for the new signs is being drawn up and the Council is producing details of acceptable criteria for the use of A-boards so that no misunderstandings arise in future.