The LAST WORD: Vicky Lee, head of Bristol City Centre BID

September 9, 2022

Each week Bristol Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Vicky Lee, head of Bristol City Centre BID, answers our 10 questions.

What was the LAST: 

Film you watched? Finding time to watch a movie is a bit of a luxury these days…. but I do like a trip to the cinema. Top Gun: Maverick was the last movie I watched, and I LOVED it. Such nostalgia for the original film too!

Book you read? I tend to read every day, I prefer it over watching the TV. I’m reading Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton now, it’s a great read. It’s a memoir, recounting growing up, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing lots of bad parties, getting dumped and, of course, falling in love!

Music you bought/downloaded: This summer I discovered Hollie Cook at a festival and am slowly working my way through her albums. She’s been a solo artist for the past 10 years but I’ve only recently come across her work. She’s very cool.

Concert or play you went to? I feel very lucky to live in Bristol and enjoy the city centre’s live music offering, great food scene and cultural events. There is always something going on and something for everyone. The last concert I went to was Nile Rogers and Chic at the Amphitheatre in Bristol city centre, which just lends itself perfectly to those types of events – especially on a warm summer’s evening. I also loved watching Orbital last month at a cool, boutique festival called Stowaway Festival in Buckinghamshire.

Sporting event you attended? My family and I are regulars at Ashton Gate Stadium (my husband mostly) to watch the Bristol Bears play. It is always a really fun afternoon out with my husband and son, with such a great atmosphere!

Holiday you went on? Over the school summer holidays we visited Crete for a well-needed family break. We’ve never been to Greece as a family so it was so lovely to explore the island together and teach my son to snorkel! I also had to endure a day at the water park too (the things we do for our kids)!

Restaurant you ate in? The food scene in Bristol has always been so diverse and exciting, with so many independents that really care about their offering and customer experience. The last restaurant I ate in was Chido Wey in Old Market, the food and margaritas are incredible.

Thing that annoyed you? I like everyone am very concerned about the cost-of-living/business crisis.  We are working collectively with BIDs across the UK lobbying central government for urgent intervention for businesses – hopefully by the time this goes live we will have some information on what this support looks like. On a lighter note, I hate it when you are walking towards the bus stop on the wrong side of the road, the bus arrives but you don’t make it in time! This happens to me pretty much daily, ha!

Thing that made you laugh out loud? Well, last Saturday was National Cinema Day (my friend loves a national day celebration) so he arranged for us to take the kids to see the new Minions movie, The Rise of Gru. It was so funny I think I laughed more than my son (who is six years old)!

Piece of good advice you were given? Never make any assumptions! Such good advice and a mantra I use daily!

Since being introduced in 2017, Bristol City Centre BID has delivered projects, initiatives, partnerships, and events that have had a significant positive impact for city centre businesses. As Head of Bristol City Centre BID, Vicky Lee leads a team to support businesses to thrive and address key challenges, by developing projects that enhance the city centre for those who work, live, study and spend leisure time in Bristol. Vicky is responsible for the day-to-day management of the City Centre BID, her role requires continuous development of the strategic vision of the BID ensuring that it delivers successful projects and campaigns that support levy paying businesses.






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