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DESIGNED, WRITTEN and being run by Bristolians, recently- launched website eckhoBristol offers a smart, professional and comprehensive information centre for residents and visitors alike.


This local knowledge and attention to detail is evident from the images of Bristol’s focal points and the ever-growing library of Bristol’s history, through to the car boots, craft fairs and coffee mornings that are the bringing together of community groups all over the city. “eckhoBristol is not a static


site, it is evolving,” says director Simon Fewkes. “It welcomes contribution in the way of photographs, events and


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historical information to work towards a real showcase of local knowledge.” The website shows its commitment to all things Bristol – not just the large, flagship events – by offering free listings to all local events, however small. A local support group, a family day out, a theatre performance, a regular market and many other types of events can all contribute their details for free. “The purpose of the website is


to provide a local and community feel that has great attention to


BOOST TO BRISTOL BUSINESS


BRISTOL FIRMS have generated an estimated £1million worth of new business


after taking part in the latest Best of Bristol Business Exhibition. The exhibition was not only the city’s biggest business exhibition and networking event to date, but also a record-breaker in its own right. “The exhibition proved to be our most successful


one so far,” says Business Sorted Ltd director Neil Kinnerly, “with unprecedented levels of interest leading to exhibition space selling out six weeks before the big day.” “The best news of all, however, is that over £1m in


fresh contracts and prospects has been created as a direct result of the exhibition. With the UK economy


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having slumped back into recession it’s great to have something positive to share among all the doom and gloom.” The next Best of Bristol Exhibition takes place on 19 June at Bristol City Football Club Exhibition Centre, Ashton Gate. For more bristolbusinessexhibition.co.uk


BURWALLS HOUSE, an iconic Bristol landmark near Clifton Suspension Bridge, is about to go on the market Burwalls House’s striking red


brick façade is almost as familiar a sight as the bridge itself, with landscaped gardens looking over the Avon Gorge. Built in 1872 by the owner of the Bristol


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Times, it was bought in 1942 by the University of Bristol, which has been using it as a conference centre in recent years. Situated in the Leigh Woods Conservation Area, it comprises the main house, separate annexe and lodge, set in 4.88 acres of landscaped grounds. The Grade-II building is


historically significant because it retains its original ‘Jacobethan’ exterior. Paddy Sykes from Jones Lang


LaSalle in Bristol says: “This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a landmark building close to Bristol, set in its own private, extensive grounds.” For more paddy.sykes@jll.eu.org


detail and is inclusive of local news stories, local events and the smaller things in Bristol that make our city special but that other sites miss,” says Simon. “By drawing in a wider audience we can provide a mechanism to allow tourists and visitors to the city to really scratch beneath the surface of the more well-known Bristol events.” “This in turn can increase


visitor numbers to the city and generate jobs. It’s a real one- stop-shop of Bristol life.” For more eckhobristol.com


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COMMERCIAL PROPERTY experts at Colliers International’s Bristol office have backed TV retail guru Mary Portas’s plans to set up ’Town Teams’ in a bid to halt the worrying decline of Britain’s high streets. The government has accepted


a set of recommendations from Mary Portas covering the creation of Town Teams, focusing on the need to put town centres first when considering planning issues and the importance of affordable parking. Planning specialist James Edwards said a dynamic Town Team could be crucial in reinvigorating struggling high streets. He said: “It is essential that the composition of the Town Teams proposed by Mary Portas is reflective of each specific town centre’s needs and the direction that the town wishes to go.” “It is also important that property and planning professionals are fully utilised within the Town Teams alongside the local councillors, landlords and business owners who would bring important in-depth knowledge of their particular patch.” For more colliers.com


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