The recovery package, what we're doing and how you can help.

We have secured £4.725 million of funding to help the city centre and high streets recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and help get more people visiting and using these places. The programme will link up with other initiatives to maximise the funding and support available.

High street improvements

To help us develop our action plans for our priority high streets and make sure funding is put to best use, we engaged with businesses and residents from September to November 2021 to:

  • understand what improvements are needed 
  • gather ideas on the type of events and activities people would like to see

Following the first round of engagement, we engaged with businesses and residents again from January to March 2022, to gather more detail on the improvements and activities people told us they would like to see, to make sure funding is put to best use.

See what people have said about each high street.

City wide support packages

The programme includes 3 citywide packages of support.

The Vacant Commercial Property Grant Scheme

Businesses and organisations can apply for funding from £2,500 up to £10,000 to bring a vacant commercial property back into permanent or temporary use.

Visit the Vacant Commercial Property Grant Scheme page for more information. 

Business Engagement and Support 

We can:

  • help you access business support and services from the council and our partners
  • discuss the latest opportunities for your business

If you'd like to arrange a call, video meeting or a visit at your premises to talk through how we can help, email business@bristol.gov.uk

Download the pdf businesses information booklet (1.49 MB) .

Marketing and promotion 

Including:

Geographically targeted interventions

The City Centre and High Streets Economic Recovery Culture and Events Programme

Creative, cultural and event businesses and organisations can tender for 2 headline cultural project commissions and apply for grants of between £15,000 to £50,000 for cultural events and activities across four locations in Bristol city centre; Old City, King Street, Park Street and Queen's Road, and Broadmead.

For more information, visit the Culture and Events Programme page.

Street scene and green infrastructure enhancements

Targeted interventions are focussed on the city centre and nine local priority high streets.

The priority high streets are:

  • City centre
  • Brislington (Brislington Hill and Bristol Hill)
  • Church Road, St George
  • East Street, Bedminster
  • Filton Avenue
  • Filwood Broadway
  • Shirehampton High Street
  • Stapleton Road
  • Stockwood (Hollway Road and Stockwood Road)
  • Two Mile Hill

Find out what we’re doing to improve the city centre and high streets.