Massive increase in visitor spend in Gloucester

The latest figures come from The South West Research Company shown continued growth in 2016 following the record-breaking year for Gloucester in 2015 when it was a Rugby World Cup host city. Gloucester’s visitor economy is gathering pace faster than any other area in the county. In 2016 visitors spent over £204 million in the city – a massive increase of 71 per cent from 2013.

Whilst Gloucester has recently performed strongly as a destination for day visits (3.25million, up 2.6%), things also look encouraging for the accommodation sector with 342,000 staying visitors (2.0% increase). Gloucester’s visitor economy directly benefits local businesses by providing an aggregate turnover of £195 million and supporting 4,118 jobs. Also encouraging was the number of staying visits was 342,000 over the year, showing a 2% growth on 2015.

American Market

But Gloucester is not standing still. Through Marketing Gloucester’s work on the Discover England Fund US Connections project, Gloucester will be promoted to the worldwide cruise market at the prestigious Seatrade Global Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this week. The city’s cathedral, docks and other attractions make it an ideal excursion destination for passengers docking at the Bristol Cruise Terminal, just one hour’s coach drive away.

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Training for Tourism Sector

Also this week, attractions with a US link and hoteliers were invited to learn more about working with the group travel trade industry to ensure that they are ready to receive the expected increase in visitors from across the Atlantic in 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage. Gloucester Cathedral, Discover de Crypt, Gloucestershire Archives, National Waterways Museum, English Holiday Cruises and Hallmark Hotel Gloucester held many positive discussions during the session about working together to develop attractive packages for the US group market and demonstrated an appetite for further collaboration with support from Marketing Gloucester.

Marketing Gloucester are looking ahead to Residents‘ Weekend (6 – 8 April) where attractions and businesses are providing special offers to GL Cardholders. Temporary GL Card membership will continue so that visitors to the city can also enjoy the rewards of the scheme. Plans for SoMAC, Gloucester’s Summer of Music, Arts and Culture are already well advanced with former England cricketer, Jack Russell, participating in WSP Art In The City (14 – 15 July) as well as the Gloucester Carnival and Gloucester Goes Retro. Marketing Gloucester will also be providing PR and social media marketing support to its partners for events surrounding the important anniversaries of the death of Aetheflaed and the English Civil War Siege of Gloucester later this year.

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Marketing Gloucester are also exploring the feasibility of an interactive visitor orientation centre for the new bus station to assist visitors arriving at the new gateways of the city in signposting them to the attractions services and restaurants they want. Through Marketing Gloucester’s role in establishing the UK Digital Retail Innovation Centre, it is hoped that prospective technology partners will be forthcoming.

Marketing Gloucester also manage activities on behalf of the Gloucester Business Improvement District (BID), with events such as the successful Gloucester Folk Trail bringing the highly anticipated zip wire to the city in June.

The BID has also invested in the City Protection Officers and is co-funding taxi marshals with Gloucester City Council and is supporting the city’s pursuit of ‘Purple Flag’ status as a safe and vibrant destination.

Jason Smith, chief executive of Marketing Gloucester, said: “The excellent figures show successes being achieved in promoting the city and as importantly investment and hard work in developing our city as a product which is attractive as a tourist destination, with investment from the Great Places scheme and Visit England’s  Discover England Fund Gloucester has a great opportunity to build on this success and support the vitality of our local economy.”

 

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Topping-out ceremony for new Provender Mill at Bakers Quay

The topping out ceremony for Provender Mill in the Bakers Quay development will take place at 12.30pm on Friday 23 February. The right honourable MP for Gloucester, Richard Graham, will be cutting the ribbon to celebrate this significant milestone in Gloucester’s regeneration.

Less than a year since the foundations were laid in June 2017, an important milestone has been reached with completion of the roof and cladding of Developers Rokeby Merchant’s first new residential building. Rokeby Merchant have retained the style of the original iconic 19th century mill, providing affordable luxury via 47 new residential apartments as well as ground floor restaurants.

The area had fallen into disuse in recent decades. However with the continued regeneration of Gloucester Docks, especially at the adjacent Gloucester Quays development, there was added impetus to complete the final piece in the development jigsaw in the Gloucester Docks phase.

The apartments are being marketed by Naylor Powell and boast attractive vistas of Gloucester Docks, the Gloucester Sharpness Canal and the 15th Century Llanthony Secunda Priory from the spacious balconies. The first phase of this £60 million project is being built by Barnwood Construction.

Rokeby Merchant director Michael Chicken said: “I am delighted that the first phase of this Bakers Quay development has reached such an important stage. It is 5 years since I was introduced to Adrian who was had already been working on the project for 5 years and who has steadfastly steered this project through a myriad of issues (ranging from the Provender fire to a complex financial structuring) and I am confident will continue to do so until the whole Bakers Quay development is complete. His tenacious workstyle should be an example to all.

He added: “The development is one that Gloucester will be truly proud of. Provender itself provides 47 affordable luxury apartments, most with balconies. Provender features a stunning reception that will echo the history of the original Provender Mill, whilst its modern external walls will change colour from golden yellow to red as the light hits from different angles. A true focal point for Gloucester and Gloucester Docks.”

Adrian Goodall of Rokeby Developments, said: “We want to bring canalside living at its best to Gloucester and I hope we will achieve this. It is always difficult selling a dream from a derelict site, however now Provender has emerged onto the skyline, I hope people can now share this vision we have and appreciate how unique this building will be within the Docks.”

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Cllr Paul James – Leader Gloucester City Council

Councillor Paul James, Leader of Gloucester Council said: “It’s great to see work at Bakers Quay progressing so well after so many years of it standing derelict.  In particular, I think the new Provender apartment building is stunning.  I’m delighted that the iconic elevator shaft feature over the canal towpath has been incorporated into the new development and the metal cladding sets it apart from other buildings too.  It’s a great example of a contemporary interpretation of a heritage building.  Given the recent history of this site, it really is a phoenix rising from the ashes.  This development is taking place because of a partnership between the public and private sectors and I am grateful to Rokeby Merchant for staying the course, despite the challenges they have faced.  With all the regeneration taking place around it, this is going to be a great place to live.”

The Foster Brothers Oil and Cake Mill was established on the banks of the Gloucester Sharpness Canal in 1862. The company was amalgamated into British Oil and Cake Mills in 1899 but was still managed by the Foster family until 1945. When production moved to Avonmouth in the early 1950s, the mill was closed and sold onto West Midlands Farmers (WMF) as a distribution depot. WMF moved out of Bakers Quay in the mid 1990s and it was from here that the building fell into a state of disrepair and dereliction. In 2013, Rokeby Developments and Merchant Place joined forces to acquire and develop then site. Despite the extensive fire damage to the building in October 2015, the developers submitted plans that retained its iconic shape and silhouette.

 

The project is due for completion in July 2018.

 

There are opportunities for the press to enjoy the stunning views from the spacious balconies at the topping-out ceremony at 12.30pm on Friday 23 February. If you would like to attend, please contact  Natasha Roumian on 01452 207020 or email natasha@marketinggloucester.co.uk.

 

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Gloucester Folk Trail line up for free live music weekend

Organisers of the inaugural Gloucester Folk Trail have released their much-anticipated line up for a weekend of free live music in the city. Gloucester pubs, bars and cafes will play host to the county’s finest folk musicians from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 February.  The venues will throng with gig-goers as more than forty live performances take place across the city ranging from traditional folk acts and Morris dancers to thoroughly modern folk rock.

The Gloucester Folk Trail is one of the first events to be delivered by the Gloucester Business Improvement District with the aim of supporting the city’s night time economy.

Just some of the highlights amongst the stellar line up are:

Harpers Ferry


This thoroughly modern folk-rock band from Gloucestershire have graced the stages at the Phoenix Festival, Wychwood and Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival. The band’s sound with a mix of folk, rock and country, has earned rave reviews from BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Johnny Coppin, the Gloucestershire Echo and SoGlos.

The Jigantics


A super group featuring top Gloucestershire Bluesmen Rick Edwards and Mark Cole from Sons of the Delta, along with another favourite of the Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival, Keith Thompson. They are joined in this folk-roots project by vocalist and ukulele star, Sarah Kelly, and drummer, Martin Fitzgibbon.

Gruig


A rip-roaring, foot stomping band are infamous in the pubs and beer festivals Gloucestershire for their sing-along traditional Irish songs and fast-paced jigs and reels to get you up on the dance floor.

Way Out West

The wonderfully eccentric Way Out West bring their folk non-sensibilities to world of pop. On accordions, fiddle, guitar, banjo and ukulele, the hilarious three-piece help us discover the country roots of the Pet Shop Boys, the folk origins of the Spice Girls and The Smiths and what the Pussycat Dolls sounded like when Julie Andrews was still in the line-up.

Life O’Reilly


Life O’Reilly grew out of the live Irish music sessions held in and around Gloucestershire. Their mixture of guitar, fiddle, bodhran, tin whistles and stunning vocals recreate the much-loved feel of Irish folk music and their live performances show off their love and passion for the songs and tunes of the Irish tradition.

Natasha Roumian, of Marketing Gloucester who are organising the event on behalf of Gloucester BID, said: “Building on the successful model of the Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival, we are really excited to bring the Folk Trail to Gloucester. Although this is the first one, we are treating the Folk Trail as a test, and if successful, it will become a welcome addition to the Gloucester events calendar.”

Nick Brookes, Chair of the Gloucester BID, said: “Gloucester BID has been set up to support all of its business members across all sectors including those in the evening economy. The inaugural Gloucester Folk Trail is the first of many events that the BID will be supporting which we believe will drive footfall, improve the profile of the city and bring real benefits to the BID’s business members.”

Concertgoers are also invited to the Gloucester Folk Trail Preview Night on Thursday 22 February with a gig at TANK and an Open Mic event at The Old Bell.

For more information visit https://www.glosucesterfolktrail.com or search for ‘Gloucester Folk Trail 2018’ on Facebook.

For more information contact Ben Hau at ben@marketinggloucester.co.uk

 

 

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Invitation to tender for Big Screen in Gloucester

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Gloucester BID Team

Gloucester Business Improvement District (Gloucester BID) are inviting expressions of interest for a rotating 15sqm digital screen to be installed in Kings Square Gloucester.

The screen shall rotate from vertical to horizontal and pivot on its base.

Please provide an estimate for manufacture, full installation, including groundwork and power connection and maintenance for the screen and supply of appropriate software to drive content

Any responses will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Expertise to design, develop and offer ongoing support to any solution provided.
  • Established trading record
  • Number of large format LED installations in the last 12 months
  • Ability to demonstarte UK based service and maintenance team
  • Demonstrate ability to service and maintain LED tiles

All expressions of interest or further queries must be addressed through email to hannah@gloucesterbid.org.uk

Closing date for expressions of interest 16th February

2018 Centre for Cities report describes Gloucester’s strengths and opportunities for growth

Below is a link to the Centre for Cities 2018 report which includes information on Gloucester.

Caveat

The report uses very sound metrics but it is nevertheless important to note that the geographic area relates to just the area covered by the local authority (LAU1) – in this case Gloucester city council.  This means that  the report’s conclusion on jobs, skills and so-on would not for example include data on businesses at Twigworth, Gloucester Business park, Staverton and so-on which for the purpose of this report are excluded.

http://www.centreforcities.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/18-01-12-Final-Full-Cities-Outlook-2018.pdf

Highlights include Gloucester:

  • Schools performing in top quartile nationally
  • Ranked 4th of 63 cities for having highest employment rates (structurally full employment)
  • 2% of city exports to China and growing
  • High level of services exports
  • Good levels of growth in high value jobs c.f. many cities (but still middle ranked)

 

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With the proposed Super City suggested in the #Glos2050 Big Conversation, we have asked Andrew Carter CEO of Centre for Cities would run an exercise using current benchmarks to see how these figures would be affected if the model was working today.  Marketing Gloucester will be assisting in providing data.  Currently Centre for Cities do not include Cheltenham as it falls below the threshold (135,000 users per day).

For further information contact info@marketinggloucester.co.uk

Full line up, times and locations announced for inaugural Gloucester Folk Trail #GetFolked now extended 22nd-25th Feb.

4bd270b3118c49b055e6151599b5635c-rimg-w720-h515-gmirolk musicians from around the county will congregate in Gloucester in a month’s time for a brand new, FREE event. The very first Gloucester Folk Trail takes place from 23 to 25 February as venues across the city host traditional and contemporary folk acts for a weekend of free live performances.

The bumper line-up of musical acts will be performing in the city’s pubs, bars, cafes and other venues. The Gloucester Folk Trail is the one of the first events to be funded by the Gloucester Business Improvement District (BID). Supported by Marketing Gloucester and venues who are also members of the BID, it is hoped that the Gloucester Folk Trail follows in the footsteps of the successful and long-running Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival.

Participating venues are listed below with more to be added:

  • The Abbey
  • Angie’s Bar
  • Café Rene
  • The Cavern
  • Cookes Coffee and Curios
  • The Cross Keys
  • The Dick Whittington
  • The Northend Vaults
  • The Old Bell
  • Peppers Café
  • The Tall Ship
  • TANK
  • Veranda Lounge

Danny Hammond from Match Factory Studios is the music liaison for the Gloucester Folk Trail, said: “It’s really exciting to see something different, supporting grassroots music from the wider county. The Folk Trail will embrace traditional and contemporary bands of the genre, appealing to a diverse audience. The atmosphere in the city is going to be excellent.”

Fred Fisher, joint owner of Angie’s Bar, said: “We’re really happy for Angie’s Bar to be involved in the Gloucester Folk Trail in it’s very first year. It’s great that Gloucester BID is investing in events and supporting its members to help drive footfall into the city centre.”

Gloucester BID will be supporting events like the Gloucester Folk Trail that benefit businesses in the BID area over the next five years, by drawing together members to work in partnership with each other to generate high footfall. It is hoped that music fans from around the county will descend upon Gloucester for what promises to be fun and vibrant weekend.

Don’t miss this great weekend supporting Gloucester’s live music scene and the county’s musicians. Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th February 2018

THURSDAY
Folky Thursday
Open Mic Old Bell/Tigers Eye
8pm onwards

Petty Hegglers Band 
The Tank
7pm onwards

FRIDAY

Sam Haward – Solo fingerstyle guitar
Cooke’s Cafe
5.15pm

Gwilym Davies – Songs of Glos. (Lecture)
Cooke’s Cafe
6pm

Danny Hammond – Solo fingerstyle guitar
Cooke’s Cafe
7pm

Mischief Afoot – Trad band
Cooke’s Cafe
8.15pm

Karen Swan – Acoustic songs
Pepper’s Cafe
6pm

Discovery – Acoustic Folk Duo
Pepper’s Cafe
7pm

ReBil – Acoustic Folk Duo
Pepper’s Cafe
8pm

Shepherd’s Crook – Vocal Folk Choir
Cafe Rene
7pm

Ruben Lovett – Folk Rock
Cafe Rene
9pm

Bewelien – Folk Rock
Cafe Rene
10pm

Lila J – Acoustic band
Veranda Lounge
8.15

Shaggy Dog Raconteurs
Dick Whittington
9pm

SATURDAY

Wolfren Riverstick
Angie’s Bar
3pm

Clint Mann
Angie’s Bar
4pm

Michael Parker
Angie’s Bar
5pm

Michael Parker
The Fountain
7pm

Lassington Oak – Morris Dancers
Fountain
2pm

Jam Session
Fountain
4pm

Michael Parker
Fountain
7pm

Bally Brogues
Fountain
8pm

Life O’Reilly
Fountain
9pm

Danny Hammond – Solo fingerstyle guitar
Cooke’s Cafe
5pm

Midsummer Grove – Acoustic Duo
Cooke’s Cafe
6pm

Meg Hayden – Acoustic songs
Saturday
7pm

Ragtime Jug Orchestra
Cafe Rene
9pm

Way Out West
Cross Keys
8pm

Beaver and the Foghorns
Dick Whittington
9pm

Life O’Reilly
Cavern
6pm

Sid Harvey
Cavern
7pm

Blind River Scare
Cavern
8pm

SUNDAY

ReBil
Cooke’s Cafe
1.30pm

Blind River Scare
Cooke’s Cafe
2.30pm

Karen Swan
Northend Vaults
Sunday 2pm

Lucy Jarrett
Tank
7pm

Midsummer Grove – Acoustic Duo
The Fountain
3pm

Danny Hammond – Solo fingerstyle guitar
The Fountain
4pm

Elgar Folk Ensemble
The Fountain
7pm

Gruig
The Fountain
8pm

That Shallot
Cafe Rene
3pm

Jigantics
Cross Keys
7pm

Funded by Gloucester BID and supported by Marketing Gloucester.

 

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For more information contact ben@marketinggloucester.co.uk.

 

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About Gloucester BID

Gloucester Business Improvement District is made up of 576 businesses in the city centre of Gloucester who voted in July 2017 to invest approximately £2.5 million back into the city.

 

 

 

 

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Gloucester is trying to get a Purple Flag. What will it mean for the city?

Reinvigorated over the past three years by the ATCM, there are now 70 Purple Flag towns and cities and the positive response both by place managers, local businesses and venues, and the public is testament to the difference that this great initiative can make.

Coming Soon: Purple Flag For Colleges & Universities

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By meeting or surpassing the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy (ENTE), Place Managers throughout the UK and Ireland – and now being taken up internationally – are enjoying the benefits of Purple Flag status.

Those already accredited have reported positive feedback from local businesses, a clear message for improved communications and a platform from which to promote their night time economy.

The accreditation process takes towns and cities through a comprehensive set of standards, management processes and good practice examples all designed to help transform the ENTE and provide a research, training and development programme.

Why should you apply for Purple Flag?

Our research indicates that Purple Flag can bring real benefits which include:

  • A raised profile and an improved public image for the location
  • A wider patronage, increased expenditure
  • Lower crime and anti-social behaviour
  • A more successful mixed use economy in the longer term

As the governing body, ATCM has set out the core agenda at the heart of Purple Flag which represents the standards that must be achieved and maintained for a accreditation, which in turn will lead to a successful evening economy. These five core standards are outlined here.

  • The Policy Envelope: An after-hours policy that shows a clear strategy based on sound research, integrated public policy and a successful multi-sector partnership.
  • Wellbeing: Successful destinations are all safe and welcoming with all sectors playing their part in delivering high standards of customer care.
  • Movement: Getting home safely after an evening out is crucial, as is the ability to move around the centre on foot with ease.
  • Appeal: Successful destinations offer a vibrant choice of leisure and entertainment for a diversity of ages, groups, lifestyles and cultures.
  • Place: Successful areas are alive during the day, as well as in the evening. They contain a blend of overlapping activities that encourage people to mingle and enjoy the place. They reinforce the character and identity of the area as well as flair and imagination in urban design for the night.

If you believe your city or town has safe and vibrant night time economy, then you are encouraged to apply for Purple Flag accreditation. Local authorities, town centre partnerships, business improvement districts, crime and disorder reduction partnerships, Pubwatch partnerships, civic societies and others can all take part. In our experience it is the Local Authority or Police who take the lead in most cases.

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Jack Russell returns to Gloucester for WSP Art in the City 2018

 

Former England and Gloucestershire cricketer turned artist, Jack Russell MBE, will be one of the star attractions at this year’s WSP Art in the City on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July. Jack will be painting at the event and showcasing his work in Gloucester city centre. Jack is no stranger to Gloucester, having played cricket for the county at Archdeacon Meadow.

WSP Art in the City celebrates creativity inspired by Gloucester’s history and heritage, its picturesque surroundings and its people. The event features a live, outdoor painting competition (Saturday), along with free workshops and an art trail throughout the city centre (Saturday and Sunday). A total of £4,000 has been offered up as prize money across the different age groups in two competitions:

Plein Air – Live outdoor painting on Saturday 14 July.

Open Art – An open contest for artwork completed in the last year based on a theme.

Artists dotted around the city centre will be competing to best capture the spirit of Gloucester and its community, in an attempt to impress the judging panel which includes P.J. Crook, Richard Parker Crook, Stroud-based Swarez and Gloucester’s very own Russell Haines.

“It’s great to be involved with Art in the City.  It takes me back thirty years to my first artistic involvement with Gloucester when I drew a large picture of the Cathedral stone by stone! Also to my playing days with the County at Archdeacon Meadow, which I’ve had the pleasure to paint. I’m delighted to be having an exhibition in Gloucester during the festival which will be part of the art trail and I’m looking forward to seeing all the artists who are taking part. It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to come and express themselves, see other artists’ work and basically have a lot of fun. Even if you’ve never painted before come and have a go. It should be a magical adventure!”  Jack Russell MBE

Artistic director of the festival, Russell Haines, said: “This year’s WSP Art in the City will see Gloucester turned into one huge art space with exhibitions, competitions and workshops for everyone. It’s fantastic to have Jack Russell participating this year at the centre of our art trail. There will be exhibitions large and small from a diverse range of artists in our historic buildings, cafes and shops for everyone to enjoy.”

To register your interest in participating in Art in the City, email Artinthecityglos@hotmail.com or visit www.artinthecity.org.uk

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For more information or interviews with Jack Russell and Russell Haines please contact Ben Hau at ben@marketinggloucester.co.uk.

 

 

 

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10 Benefits Gloucester BID is Bringing to the City

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It’s been less than six months since 87% of businesses overwhelmingly voted to establish the Gloucester BID (Gloucester Business Improvement District). It is already showing successes, reducing instances of low level crime and helping increase footfall during the busy Christmas shopping period. The BID is also supporting the Best Bar None Awards and the Purple Flag scheme; recognising and rewarding bars, pubs and clubs who are committed to a safe and vibrant evening economy.

But there’s still more to come. Gloucester BID is committed to delivering a number of projects that will directly benefit its members within the BID area. Businesses will be able to network with each other through an upcoming series of events and receive professional training opportunities.

BID members will also be able to take advantage of money-saving initiatives, reducing a range of business costs. By joining together, members will also have a more powerful voice to ensure that their needs are better communicated.

Gloucester BID is investing in events and festivals to help drive more visitors to the city giving businesses the opportunity to capitalise on the increased number of potential customers throughout the year. This all bodes well with news of continued new arrivals of shops, bars and restaurants in the city; demonstrating that the confidence in the city is justified.

10 Benefits Gloucester BID is Bringing to the City

  1. City Protection Officers (CPOs)
  2. £300,000 over 5 years for promoting the city to increase footfall
  3. £600,000 committed for events and festivals to drive footfall
  4. Networking events in partnership with Gloucester Chamber of Commerce along with high quality networking and training opportunities for BID members
  5. Improvements to street scene, signage, public realm and street cleanliness
  6. £400,000 committed for aesthetics/look and feel of Gloucester
  7. Supporting late night economy, Purple Flag status and Best Bar None Awards
  8. Saving money for BID members via business cost reduction for utilities, recycling, business rates and insurance
  9. Powerful lobby for businesses in the area
  10. Provide assistance to the City Council, police, charities and other public to help tackle issues such as an anti-social behaviour, homelessness and begging.

Sandra Powell, owner of The Candle Tree on College Street, said: “I’ve had nothing but positive feedback on the BID and have been most impressed with the CPO’s who are very responsive. I’ve had to e-mail them before with some concerns and they were incredibly quick in responding with the help I needed. They are doing a marvellous job!”

Nick Brookes, chairman of Gloucester BID and a business owner, said: “It’s great that the BID was voted in favour of by Gloucester’s business community and with such a strong mandate. I am particularly encouraged by the positive effect that the City Protection Officers have had on the high street. I am looking forward to more positive changes the BID will make to improve the image of Gloucester to increase footfall, attract tourists and benefit the local community.”

Jason Smith, chief executive of Marketing Gloucester, said: “Gloucester has been a remarkable success story but we’re only part way through the journey. There’s no doubt that the significant investment by the Gloucester BID will have a material impact in supporting the economic health of the city, the financial viability of its businesses, and making Gloucester an even better place to live, work, invest, study and visit.”

TENDER FOR ALTERATION AND NEW WORKS TO FIRST FLOOR EASTGATE CENTRE GLOUCESTER

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Marketing Gloucester
on behalf of
UK Digital Retail Innovation Centre (UK:DRIC) 20.12.2017

TENDER FOR ALTERATION AND NEW WORKS TO FIRST FLOOR EASTGATE CENTRE GLOUCESTER

We are inviting interested contractors to apply for inclusion on the tender list for these works. Application does not guarantee inclusion on the list.
The works involves removals of walls and works to ceiling and floor finishes to the vacant retail and food hall and the creation of eleven small shop units, an open area and creation of back room offices.
A brief schedule of the works to be undertaken include: demolition of brick wall and erection of stud partitions, overhaul and repairs to existing suspended ceilings, new floor finishes and general redecoration. Open front to the units will be secured by open grid roller shutters. Alteration and adaption of existing sprinkler system, the electrical and mechanical systems and provision of new as necessary,
Estimated value of these works is £200,000.00 (two hundred thousand pounds) plus VAT where applicable.

Anticipated programme of project is shown in  appendix 1 available at this link>  click here
Application to be included for consideration by not later than 9th January 2018.
Invitation to tender 15th January 2018
Tender submission. 31st January 2018
Commencement of works 12th February 2018
Completion of the works 15th June 2018

Contractors interested in being considered for inclusion on the tender list should submit their details by not later than 5.00pm on 9th January 2018.
Company details should provide evidence of being conversant with this type of work including a list of projects undertaken with values, copies of last three years accounts, size of workforce including details of management team, work force numbers and breakdown into direct and self-employed and areas of work normally sublet.

Application should be made to:

Mr Jason I J Smith, CEO, Marketing Gloucester, 27 St Aldate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1RP to arrive not later than 5.00pm January 2018

For further information on UK:DRIC click here