The Bristol Pound is HERE!

Come celebrate the launch of Bristol’s own currency with a FREE evening of local festivities. Be the first to spend the Bristol Pounds at a unique Bristol Pound night market in the Old City. Meet over 20 of the Bristol Pound businesses and the £B team. A celebration of community and all things local.ARTISTS INCLUDE:  Le Navet Bete: Navet Bete are an internationally touring troupe of clowns whose high energy, spectacular and hilarious shows Read more [...]

Reasons to visit Bristol’s Old City area 8th and 9th September!

The Old City area in the heart of Bristol is home to a diverse community of independent businesses, traders and colourful stalls around the famous St Nicholas Market. Come to the Old City on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of September to see and explore the hidden treasures in the heart of Bristol. Watch some outdoor spectacles as Igfest comes to Old City with its annual festival of thrilling street games. Or come and explore some of the most historic and beautiful buildings in Bristol as the annual Read more [...]

Bristol Independent Boutiques Presents Autumn/Winter Fashion Show! (tickets now on sale!)

Bristol is home to some of the most innovative, fashion-forward independent boutiques in the South West. Not only do they represent the way people want to look, they care deeply about where their clothes come from and how they’re made. In the current economic climate, it is ever more important to support local independent fashion retailers for the cultural, creative contributions they make as well as the economic and social. To showcase the spectacular variety that Bristol has to offer, Bristol Read more [...]

Why we raised the flag on Bristol Independents Day!

Well, after flags of independence being hoisted at five locations in the city, our free prize draw for people who have shopped or eaten in any of the city’s independent outlets (winners to be announced shortly!), and over 46 businesses who participated by offering discounts or special offers on the day, we want to give a big thank you to everyone who supported our independent Bristol businesses! From Jason Thorne of Bristol City Council: Well done to you and the rest of your team! I've Read more [...]

Toolkit for establishing an independent retail business in Bristol now available online

Bristol City Council has worked with local businesses, business advisors and traders groups to produce a toolkit on establishing an independent retail business (pdf, 153 KB).

The toolkit will be a live document and updated on a continuous basis, any comments or amendments should be emailed to

Calling small businesses: Let’s collaborate!

From the Bristol Pound website: Wed, 1st Aug 2012 The Bristol Pound and have put together a FREE event aiming to boost inter-trading and collaboration between organisations based in Bristol and the surrounding areas. The event, which is being hosted at St Peter’s Church in Frampton Cotterell will feature presentations from local organisations that offer support to independent businesses, each of them discussing different ways that businesses can promote each other’s development Read more [...]

Government announce 15 more towns to be given funds for regeneration

Local Government Minister, Grant Shapps MP has today announced that another 15 town centres are to be given extra cash for regeneration projects. This now takes the number of "Portas Pilots" to 27 following on from the 12 towns that were given cash to rejuvenate their shopping areas earlier this year More than 400 towns made applications for funding and business support following a report by Ms Portas into the state of the High Street (available here). The new 15 Portas Pilots are: Read more [...]

Government Pop-up Shops Planning Rules Consultation and new High Street Guide

From Jason Thorne of Bristol City Council: The Government has today launched consultation into proposals for a change in planning rules for temporary or pop up shops, see A publication 'Re-imagining urban spaces to help revitalise our high streets' has also been published, see Bristol gets a mention on pages 7 and 9. From the press release: New proposals to re-activate empty shops Read more [...]

10% off workshops at Cordial and Grace 4 and 5 July!

To honour Bristol Independents Day and to encourage more visitors to our lovely sewing cafe we have extended our end of June special offer on workshops - anyone who books a workshop today or tomorrow, mentioning 'Bristol Independents Day' will receive the same 10% OFF SPECIAL OFFER. So if you missed the chance to book at the end of last week, please give us a call or pop in and try one of our special blueberry, lavender & lime 'Bristol Biscuits' at the same time! For a reminder of our workshops Read more [...]