Published: 28th Jul 2015

Bristol has always been at the forefront of innovative and experimental thinking in relation to many community-led initiatives. Indeed, the ‘Bristol model’ was a phrase widely used among the national voluntary and community sector when describing ground-breaking initiatives like Victim Support, The Soil Association and Sustrans – that had been developed in the city and have now grown to become national organisations. Here are two examples of how this community-led innovative thinking has linked to the neighbourhood economic development agenda in the south and north areas of the city. In south Bristol the voluntary and community-led Greater Bedminster Community Partnership, working with the business community and statutory agencies, established a Business Improvement District in 2013. This was initially funded nationally, as one of the first 13 Mary Portas projects in an effort to regenerate the retail sector, which, despite some decline, is the largest collective employer in south Bristol. The … (To read the full article, subscribe below)