Local Food Economy

Calling all eatery owners – have your say!

By Lucy Gatward

Lucy Gatward

Bristol Going for Gold’s food sector lead Lucy Gatward reports on Bristol’s food businesses stakeholder webinars. The first event was held in the summer and the second one (Wednesday 16th September) will be led again by Deputy Mayor Cllr Asher Craig, chair of the Bristol Going for Gold steering group.

Back in June, Bristol City Council hosted a webinar led by Deputy Mayor Asher Craig, that aimed to understand what the barriers and enablers would be for Bristol’s cafes, bars and restaurants as we teetered towards the end of lockdown.

It was an honest and useful exchange of ideas and concerns and was an opportunity for businesses to ‘have the ear’ of some of the council’s major decision-makers and influencers. Some 90 participants took part and issues covered public health, economics, pedestrianisation, how to be COVID-safe and more.

Have your voice heard by key decision makers

To continue the momentum started in June, a second webinar has been organised, again led by Councillor Asher Craig.

Book your place

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Whether you’re a restauranteur, a café, coffee shop or pub owner, or a catering operator, we can’t do this without you – you have a vital role to play.

Please book your Zoom window at next stakeholder webinar for Bristol food businesses on Wednesday 16th September, starting at 3.30pm and finishing by 5pm.

About this event

As well as following up on the webinar in June, you can expect to find out about:

  • The latest economic development updates
  • Ensuring a COVID-secure environment
  • The Bristol Eating Better Award
  • The experiences of other businesses

There will be ‘breakout’ and Q&A sessions where you’ll be able to have your say and ask questions.

As well as Councillor Craig there will also be public health and food safety specialists, representatives from the Economy Board and the One City team, looking at how Bristol might look in 2030 and beyond.

Spaces are limited, so please register one representative per business – more than one can attend if numbers allow.

The meeting will take place on Zoom. You will receive the Zoom meeting link in your Eventbrite order confirmation email sent when you register (under the ‘Additional Information’ section), so please keep this safe.

If you have any queries, please contact sustainability@bristol.gov.uk.  

Visit Bristol Food Network for more information and resources on Bristol’s good food response to the pandemic.

Read Deputy Mayor Cllr Asher Craig’s blog post for Bristol Going for Gold about how Bristol has stepped up during the pandemic and how the Black Lives Matter movement has brought into sharper focus the need for change within the food sector.

Join the conversation

So, what change do you want to see happen that will transform food in Bristol by 2030? Do you already have an idea for how Bristol can make this happen? Join the conversation now.

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