Local Food Economy

Local trading opportunities

By Ramona Andrews

Traders – read on to find out about trading opportunities in Bristol’s parks and harbourside. Citizens – explore Christmas at St Nick’s Market and other markets around the city. Now is a great time to explore Bristol’s high streets too!

The Bristol City Council (BCC)’s Parks and Harbourside Concessions Tender is open for applications, which is looking to fill 23 concession pitches across Bristol’s parks and harbourside.

Pitches would be ideal for local food and drink producers, people looking to set up a new business or market traders looking for a fixed pitch to trade from.

BCC particularly want to hear from traders who use healthy and seasonal produce and are willing to work towards a Bristol Eating Better award. Non-food businesses such as bike repair, flowers or fruit will also be considered.

The parks and harbourside provide an ideal setting to trade from, with the opportunity to build up a loyal customer base from a fixed location, over a three-year contract period.

Visit BCC’s website for information on the Parks and Harbourside Concessions Tender and to apply.

To help guide you through the council’s ProContract procurement system, BCC are holding an online training and support webinar on Wednesday 13 December at 2pm. If you are interested in joining the training session, please email concessions.enquiries@bristol.gov.uk. Full details of how to join and registering on the ProContract procurement system will be sent to you.

Christmas at St Nick’s Market

The traditional indoor market at St Nick’s Market is now open every day until Christmas Eve.

Inside the Covered Market, Glass Arcade and Exchange Hall, the market houses 60 stalls selling a range of gifts, including fashion, accessories, books, records and food.

The Christmas themed outdoor markets are a family friendly place to discover handmade crafts and enjoy delicious street food. Open every day from Monday 11 December until Christmas Eve.

Visit the St Nicholas Markets website for more information about Christmas including opening times.

Shopping local this christmas

During the festive season, there are any number of Christmas markets around the city to explore. Find out more about Bristol’s Christmas markets on the Visit Bristol website.

Finally, Bristol’s high streets are some of the most diverse, independent and original in the world. With Christmas fast approaching, now is the perfect time to explore them and find some of the hidden gems on your doorstep.

With 47 high streets across our city, there are plenty of places to discover and uncover what’s on offer. Read the latest blog from Councillor Craig Cheney reflecting on how shopping local is a great way to shop more sustainably and ethically without needing to jump in the car or buy from giant corporate organisations.

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