Bristol Pound: out with the old, in with the new

Bristol Pound: out with the old, in with the new

The boss of the UK’s largest local currency, the Bristol Pound, admits that consumer use has dropped off in recent years, but is determined the currency can still make a difference. Diana Finch, who was appointed managing director in September, said the organisation needed to “get people engaging with the currency more”. The owner of […]

Bristol at Night: The new guardians of your night out

This week marked the launch of the Bristol @ Night panel. Its aim? To support Bristol’s nighttime economy. Local residents have been calling for a nighttime representative since the city of Amsterdam crowned Mirik Milan it’s first ‘nachtburgemeester’, or Night Mayor, in 2014. The panel will support takeaway restaurants, emergency services and sex entertainment workers as well […]

Tears as Bristol’s Eastville Market opens for the last time

Today is the last day of trading for Bristol’s Eastville Market, a famous landmark that has been running for over 50 years. The stall owners blame the supermarkets for stealing their customers and say there is a growing lack of interest in local produce. Stall owner Bob said: “I have been selling fruit and veg for […]

Bristol businesses oppose changes to Sunday and bank holiday parking

Bristol businesses oppose changes to Sunday and bank holiday parking

Independent traders are warning about the impact of new parking charges on Bristol’s small businesses. Bristol City Council has recently announced proposals to introduce parking charges in the city centre on Sundays and bank holidays. The charges would affect all pay and display machines in the Central Parking Zone (city centre) area. The council believe […]

Restaurant closes in Wapping Wharf amidst plans announced for stage two

Restaurant closes in Wapping Wharf amidst plans announced for stage two

One of the largest restaurants at Bristol’s new quarter development Wapping Wharf is set to close, just days after it was announced the second phase of the construction would go ahead next month. Spuntino is a Cargo 2-based Italian restaurant offering customers “small plates of Italian-influenced New York comfort food”. The Bristol restaurant seats 27 people, with a similar sized branch […]

Hoteliers Association appoints new chair in aim to improve tourism

Hoteliers Association appoints new chair in aim to improve tourism

The organisation that represents Bristol’s hotels has appointed a new chair, with the aim of improving tourism in the city. Imran Ali, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel in the city centre, will be taking on the role for the Bristol Hoteliers Association with immediate effect. Along with an executive committee, Mr Ali will […]

Bristol marches for science – but women are being left behind

Bristol marches for science – but women are being left behind

A human skeleton, a collection of anti-Trump banners, and a backwards rendition of Led Zepplin’s Stairway to Heaven. Three things not usually found together – unless you were at Bristol’s very first March for Science. Ever year on 22 April, people across the world take part in marches to commemorate Earth Day: an annual celebration to raise the […]

Storage containers: The future of Bristol’s buildings?

Storage containers: The future of Bristol’s buildings?

With the increasing amount of pressure on companies to go green, its no mystery why more businesses in Bristol are turning to alternative methods of infrastructure in a bid to recycle and save money. According to the Royal Portbury Dock in Avonmouth, 150,000 shipping containers pass through their gates every year, which is a relatively […]

Bespoke bicycles are about to become the new must have

Bespoke bicycles are about to become the new must have

Bicycle builders from around the world are gathering in Bristol this weekend for the annual Bespoked UK Handmade bicycle show.  Bespoke bicycles are becoming increasingly popular. This is because each body is different to the next, our legs are all different lengths and so are our torsos, and so a bicycle that fits our body individually […]

Bristol City Council job cuts putting services at risk, claim Unison

Bristol City Council job cuts putting services at risk, claim Unison

UNISON South West today warned that the proposed loss of a further 828 Bristol City Council jobs this year could be putting key services in jeopardy. According to Gavin Brooks, UNISON’s South West regional organiser, the union “are not aware of any service that could sustain the degree of cuts that they’re talking about and […]

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