Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Bristol Independents - 17th September 2011

Bristol Independents Day


We are asking all of Bristol to join us at the start of British Food Fortnight on 17 September to support Bristol’s Independents and…

Try something local, from somewhere local on Bristol Independents Day!

On the 17th, the Bristol Independents campaign will launch a pilot project highlighting 8 of Bristol’s local shopping areas on recipe postcards featuring ingredients that can be purchased from local shops in each area. There will also be a competition where you can nominate your favourite local food business, and in turn, be entered into a prize draw to win local goodies.

The initiative plans to include many more independent businesses and high streets in the coming months. The 17th is just the beginning of a campaign to support Bristol’s local independent traders!

Associated events and promotions will be announced closer to the day.

Why support local independent traders?

The Who Feeds Bristol? report has revealed:

  • Bristol has around 180 specialist independent food shops owned by 140 businesses that sell food from which you can cook a meal from scratch (includes bakers).
  • 10 out of 35 wards have no greengrocer.
  • Half the wards have less than 10 independent food retailers.
  • Specialist independent food shops are disappearing. They generally offer competitive prices, don’t charge a premium for small volumes and can respond to requests; many buy from local suppliers.

How can I get involved?

Organise a local food event in your area on the 17th, let us know and we’ll include it in our publicity. Otherwise, visit our website (coming soon), take the ‘good food’ pledge and enter our competition.

Contact Jane Stevenson 0117 966 1639


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