Gloucester Road Enterprise & Trade

Stronger Together

What is GRE&T?

GRE&T is the traders’ association for Gloucester Road from the Arches to Filton Avenue.

Membership is open to all the Gloucester Road shops, businesses and other enterprises (including home-based businesses, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations) based on or near Gloucester Road.

It is run by volunteers and membership costs a nominal £10 per year.

GRE&T’s aim is to promote the whole of Gloucester Road, dubbed “The Last Great British High Street” by the Independent on Sunday in 2004. This includes the Business Improvement District at the south end of Gloucester Road and Gloucester Road Central in the middle section, as well as businesses in the rest of the north end.

GRE&T:

  • Publishes a fortnightly free email newsletter, GRE&T News.
  • Holds monthly public open meetings.
  • Promotes events, such as the up-coming International Food Festival.
  • Liaises with GRBID and Gloucester Road Central (see below) as well as the Street Scene Group, the Bishopston Society and the BOSA residents parking group.
  • Supports BCR Community Partnership, and Friends of Bishopston Library.
  • Raises local trading issues, such as business rates, traffic, parking and security, with councillors, the Mayor and the police.

To find out more

Contact Peter Browne, co-ordinator, by email at peter@great-bristol.uk or by mobile/text: 07791 455 872; or

Email Peter about subscribing to GRE&T News. Any trader, resident or local group can subscribe free, without joining as a GRE&T member, and can unsubscribe using the unsubscribe link in any issue of GRE&T News; or

Come to a monthly open meeting to meet others, find out what’s going on and have your say. Get the latest meeting dates and times from Peter or from GRE&T News.

Background

In 2014 businesses in the south section of Gloucester Road, voted to become a 5-year Business Improvement District (GRBID).

GRBID operates as part of the wider Gloucester Road traders association (now called GRE&T) but uses the statutory BID levy, paid by all the businesses in its section of Gloucester Road, to promote its part of the high street. This arrangement will end in 2019 unless the traders there vote to renew it.

Outside the BID area, traders between Hatherley Road and Cambridge Road have an informal group, called Gloucester Road Central. They put on two or three street events/art projects each year and use social media to promote themselves and Gloucester Road generally on social media.