Bristol Shopping Quarter Showcases its Independent Shops

Did you realise that Bristol Shopping Quarter, the area that comprises Broadmead, The Galleries and Cabot Circus, is home to almost 100 independent shops?  Long known for its department stores and national chains, Bristol’s city centre shopping area now has a vibrant and unique mix of quirky independent stores ranging from cafés and hair salons to gift shops and affordable art.

In order to celebrate and promote these businesses, The Broadmead BID team worked in partnership with Co-Lab*, a collaborative initiative on Merchant Street, to produce a guide to independent shopping. Designed free of charge by Lucy Roddie of Co-Lab and beautifully illustrated by Sophie Bass, the printing costs were funded by the BID.

Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson, will be joining Broadmead retailers to launch the independent shopping guide on Wednesday 18th February at 11am in Co-Lab.

Given that the independent businesses are spread throughout the retail area, in Broadmead, The Galleries, Cabot Circus and in St James Arcade, this handy leaflet provides useful information for those looking for something different.

The guides show the locations of all the independent stores on a map along with a listing of their contact details and have been very well received by retailers and customers.  They are available in many of the independent stores, at the Tourist Information Centre on Harbourside, in some city centre hotels and cafés as well as online at

Jo Hawkins, Broadmead BID manager said “It was great to be able to work with Co-Lab to produce this fantastic guide.  We cannot under-estimate how important independent businesses are to Bristol Shopping Quarter.  Many customers are keen to visit unique, one-off, shops and we are lucky to have an amazing range of shops within this area.”

Simone Kidner, managing director of Co-Lab added “’We’re delighted to be hosting the launch of the Independent Shops Guide. Broadmead has a lot to offer, there are loads of independent people providing unique services and products that should be celebrated! Our hope is that this guide will demonstrate a side to Bristol’s shopping centre that people haven’t discovered yet.”

For more information or for copies of the independent guide, please email

*Co-LAB is an independent arts shop helping more than 150 local illustrators, makers, designers and creative entrepreneurs sell their work and get the recognition they deserve within the local community. In partnership with the social enterprise PAPER Arts, Co-LAB is also a creative hub hosting 17 artists in residence and has provided 8 paid creative internships for long-term unemployed young people throughout the last year.”