Local Food Economy

Sparks Food Department needs you!

By Jenny Foster

Our latest Bristol Good Food 2030 blog is a call-out for an individual or organisation to run the Food Department at Sparks, an innovative hub of sustainability, creativity and education in central Bristol.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to be part of Sparks Bristol, the creative, sustainability and education hub in Broadmead, in the old M&S building. We are looking for an individual or organisation to be part of, or to run in its entirety, a sustainable Food Department in the store. We have on average 8,000 visitors a week, and the area has a diverse footfall from across the city.

Sparks has ongoing partnerships with Bristol Food Network, Yeo Valley and with local food suppliers Heart of BS13 and some ACH-trained cooks, so this is a chance to work with local sustainable food suppliers and develop a business, as well as develop your own vision for the area.

With Christmas shopping beginning soon, this is a great opportunity to join a friendly thriving project!

We would love to include the following in the Department of Food & Drink and are very open to other suggestions:

  • Coffee and snacks
  • Refill shop
  • Fairtrade foods
  • Locally and sustainably sourced fresh food
  • Surplus fruit and veg
  • Catering for events and talks in Sparks

More information

Area/ space available = 100m2, including seating area and till point of 20m2.

You can take all or part of a section; please indicate on your application what you might need.

Space is rented on a license at £13.50 per m2 per calendar month, with a one-month notice period. This includes cleaning, power, security and duty managers. You will need to provide your own insurance.

There is a display freezer and fridge, and a counter, as well as seating.

Please note: Max power is 16amp and all food needs to be prepared off-site and brought in.

Please express your interest via this Application Form by Friday 15 September 2023.

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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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