About Us

About us

BEST is a not-for-profit company or ‘social enterprise’. This means any money raised by BEST is put back into benefitting the community rather than raising profits for shareholders.

We can offer free services to our clients because of the special way that BEST is run and funded.

At the moment, BEST is mainly grant funded. We currently receive funding from the European Regional Development Fund, Community at Heart and Easton & Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Renewal. We also earn some money from research, consultancy contracts and sponsorship. For more information read our most recent annual report and accounts.

BEST is a completely independent company and is not part of the local authority or any other government agency. This independance means we are free to use our voice to communicate the concerns of the business community in local decision-making procedures. Our voluntary board of directors includes many local businesspeople.

We currently have 12 paid staff. For more information, see The Team.

Links to Funders
The European Regional Development fund is managed in the region by Government Office for the South West (GOSW).

Community at Heart funds our activities in Barton Hill and Redfield – including the Redfield Action Plan.

Easton & Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Renewal are helping to fund the Stapleton Road Action Plan.


The first ever downloadable walking tours of Easton and St Pauls are now live on line. Visit the site to download your free tours, and meet the people and places of Bristol’s unique inner city!

BEST newsletter
The January to March 07 newsletter is out now! Back copies of the BEST newsletter are also available here in PDF format

 BEST Links
Check out BEST’s other websites:

Visit Eastside – your guide to what’s happening on Eastside, including an online version of our directory with nearly 600 local businesses listed.

Stapleton Road – discover more about Bristol’s most diverse shopping street and the action plan for the area.

Redfield Traders – Church Road and Lawrence Hill are at the heart of Redfield’s community. Find out about developments in the area.