On the rise: women in the beer industry

The beer industry has faced controversy with its use of branding like Brew Dog’s ‘Trashy blonde‘ and Carlsberg’s ‘Crate escape’ which has limited access to women.  The craft beer industry continues to boom and according to Jane Peyton, a Beer Sommelier and BBC Food and Farming Awards judge, the new industry has encouraged a progressive move […]

Bristol house price gap widens by 16%

The house price gap for neighbourhoods across England and Wales has risen by £60,000 since 2011 and has increased by 16% in the South West.  A  report by the Office of National Statistics shows that the cheapest neighbourhoods have become cheaper whilst the most expensive neighbourhoods have become more expensive. In 2011 the price gap increase […]

Arts cuts: could Coexist offer a new way?

With arts funding facing cuts, could co-operative arts management company Coexist provide the answer to a self-funded enterprise model? Bristol City Councils’s budget cuts, announced last week, are a further blow to arts groups in the city, so commercialising the arts might provide an alternative option where public funding is scarce. Coexist, the co-operative management company in […]

Sexual violence support group wins crowd funding night

Attendees of the fourth Bristol Soup, a crowd funding event for local community projects, choose sexual violence support group Safe Space to receive the cash.  Bristol Soup is a volunteer-led project which organises fundraising events for local community initiatives. Held in donated locations around Bristol, each participating charity gets four minutes to pitch their ideas and […]

The protest for the ‘unseen homeless’ of Bristol

Women’s’ rights activists disrupt a Bristol City Council meeting in protest of the council’s proposal to rehouse domestic violence survivors and demand an increase in social housing across the city. The Bristol branch of Sisters Uncut attended a full council meeting on 13 December 2016 and released a banner whilst shouting and setting off rape alarms. […]

Restorative Justice campaign brings together victims of crime and offenders

Restorative Justice week kicks off in Bristol and aims to repair the harm done by crime and help victims get closure.  There have been a number of events across Bristol to raise awareness about the campaign which is organised by Restorative Bristol – an umbrella organisation that includes Bristol City Council, Avon & Somerset Police, Bristol Lighthouse […]

Traders fear loss of business from Cribbs expansion

South Gloucestershire council has confirmed the expansion of Cribbs Causeway amid fears that it will divert business from the city centre. The scheme,  which will cost £300m,  includes 35,000 square metres of retail floor space and other leisure facilities alongside a new multi-story car park. The council believe that this will create up to 3,000 […]

Killer clown craze hits Bristol

Police are warning people not to take matters into their own hands following reports of people dressed as “killer clowns” in Bristol. People have been dressing up in creepy clown masks and hiding in public places in an attempt to scare the public. The phenomenon originated as a prank in the US. Reports on social media say that […]

Stoptober: Free ‘quit smoking’ support for hospital staff

Hospital staff in Bristol are getting free one to one support to help them quit smoking. The University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) has appointed smoke-free expert Nichola Woodacre to encourage staff to quit and run 12 weeks of one to one sessions. Employees working in a high pressured environment and those who have smoked for a […]