Bristol and Bedminster bid to become Portas Towns

Mary Portas and the Local Government Minister, Grant Shapps, have launched a competition to choose 12 towns to become “Portas Pilots”, with the winners benefiting from a share of £1million to help turn around their “unloved and unused” high streets. The cash incentive is offered to those towns that come up with the best High Street blueprints in a move that fulfils the first and last recommendations of Mary Portas’ High Streets Review, commissioned by the Prime Minister and published Read more [...]

Dig In, one year in

Dig In, 229 Church Road, Redfield Alex Thompson, a chippy, originally from Bradford and his girlfriend Chloe Lester, a youth worker from Bristol, took on the lease to 229 Church Road exactly a year ago and after three weeks of hard preparation, their new shop ‘Dig In’ opened its doors for the first time on 25 September 2010. The premises had been closed since Easter that year. When Chloe and Alex moved to Redfield from the Gloucester Road they found that there were far fewer local shopping Read more [...]