Have you got a big idea for improving Bristol? If so, I’ve asked my team to meet with you.
We are relaunching the ‘Big Offer Big Ask’ initiative to ensure that everyone with a good idea for this city has a chance to be heard. The programme provides an opportunity for individuals and organisations to pitch their ideas to my team, who will then see if Bristol City Council or other city partners can assist in their delivery.
We are looking for ideas that are deliverable, focused on things my office can influence and are positive for the city. It’s about creating an opportunity for us to work together in building a city where nobody is left behind, and everybody can contribute. We hope that the discussions will be professional and constructive – they’re about sharing ideas and solutions, rather than specific complaints or cases.
Last year, we received more than seventy submissions on a diverse range of topics and were able to offer our support to some fantastic ideas. For instance, Bristol Women’s Voice was given the opportunity to host a Hot Coffee Hot Topic session at City Hall to introduce the Women of Lawrence Hill and network to expand the project across the city. Meanwhile, the Bristol Global Goals Centre project lead was connected with the City Office to support the promotion of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Bristol.
How to get involved
If you have an ‘offer’ for the city and want to explore it with my team, write to Mayor.Office@bristol.gov.uk summarising your idea in fewer than 300 words by Friday 5 July. My team will then review your submissions and invite a shortlist of individuals to discuss their ideas in more detail on Thursday 18 July.