News: Celebrating Bristol24/7’s first year

Bristol24/7, October 1, 2015

“They grow up so fast don’t they?” Anyone with small children would have heard this phrase uttered dozens of times. And it’s the same with websites, apps and magazines. Websites, apps and magazines just like this very publication you’re reading right now.

Bristol24/7 this month celebrates our first birthday with a cake and one tiny candle.

It hasn’t always been a smooth ride. But what one-year-old hasn’t taken a few tumbles along the way? 

As we look back on our first 12 months and look ahead to whatever the future may bring, we can be extremely proud of all of what we have achieved and be incredibly excited about everything still to be done.

Martin Booth, Editor


Who we are 



Bristol24/7 is dedicated to showcasing the very best of Bristol. We celebrate this great city, its people and their stories, helping to build stronger communities and communication between those communities.

Our growing team generates and curates content across all digital and printed platforms as well as commissioning content from within Bristol’s communities or from aspiring contributors. 

We cover a wide scope of content from news, to documentaries, comment pieces, leisure and lifestyle activities, food and drink, and an increasingly comprehensive what’s on guide.

And because we are a community interest company owned by a wide spread of shareholders across the city, Bristol24/7 is a protected asset. The lion’s share of any future profits will be reinvested back into the company or invested into brand new Bristol cultural initiatives.

And we are always looking for new people to shape our future. 


Stat attack

Almost one million people have visited the Bristol24/7 website since we launched.

Here are the most-read stories on

1. 27 great things to do in Bristol – February 13 2015

2. Naked bike ride set for Bristol this weekend – June 24 2015

3. Dismaland details divulged – August 20 2015

4. Hundreds of £10 notes hidden around Bristol – March 27 2015

5. A Bristol bucket list – August 21 2015

6. World’s biggest trampoline park for Bristol – June 12 2015

7. Review: Sundae’s Gelato – November 24 2014

8. A very Bristolian emergency – July 24 2015

9. St Paul’s Carnival cancelled – June 26 2015

10. 29 of the best songs to come out of Bristol – February 27 2015


But it’s not all lists and nudity…

Bristol’s smallest flat that was actually a shed
Our exclusive story about a flat the size of a small shed for sale in Hotwells was picked up by the national press and was followed by a stinging attack on the rental market by founder of Bristol tenants’ rights group Nick Ballard on the opinion channel of our website.

The racism scandal that rocked the city council
Bristol24/7 broke a story of a racism scandal brewing at one of Bristol’s most ethnically diverse schools, City Academy, when development worker David McLeod claimed he was overlooked for promotion due to his colour. After winning an employment tribunal which led to principal Gill Kelly resigning, McLeod was left fuming when it was revealed Kelly had been employed by the council as an education consultant. McLeod was eventually given a full apology by the council, published exclusively on our website.

The unpaid internship that never was
Artist Luke Jerram’s flotilla of boats in Leigh Woods promised to draw in the crowds like his previous Park Street Slide and Play Me I’m Yours pianos. But it hit our news pages for the wrong reasons after we published criticism of a National Trust advert for a six-month unpaid internship for the project. The National Trust apologised for what they called a mistake and told Bristol 24/7 they were withdrawing the post.

An NHS where more and more doctors and nurses are sick
Doctors and nurses will be the first to tell you how cuts to the NHS are creating a higher workload which is leading to increased stress in the workplace. But just how many are being signed off work with stress-related illness at our hospitals? We found out. Using Freedom of Information rules we published data showing the numbers jumped by almost 75 per cent – from 606 in 2010 to 1,057 last year.


Social media

Our social media channels are some of the most popular ways that people keep up-to-date with the good ship Bristol 24/7.


Facebook: 11,494 likes       Instagram: 3,330 followers     Twitter 36,938 followers


Balloons and the bridge. #bristol247 #igersbristol

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Bristol24/7 across the world

Readers in 198 countries have logged on to We want to say a particularly big thank you to our one reader in each of the following nations:



                                               Åland Islands                         Burkina Faso                             Burundi


                                               St Barthélemy                                 Chad                                 Curaçao


                                                      Djibouti                               Guam                                 Guinea-Bissau


                                                        Haiti                                     Liberia                                  Lesotho 


                                                   Martinique                     Papua New Guinea                       Suriname 


                                                                     Syria                                         Uzbekistan




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Visit our YouTube channel to watch the many videos we have made in our first year. Here are some of our favourites:


The journalists of the future

Our editor Martin Booth was invited to Headley Park Primary School to help with their first ever school magazine, run entirely by students. These seven budding young journalists asked some very perceptive questions and we are all looking forward to seeing the first issue hot off the press. Who knows? In a few years time they could be working with us at Bristol24/7.


Supporting disadvantaged youngsters

Founded as a voluntary group in December 2010, Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects has supported many young people from Bristol’s disadvantaged and ethnically diverse inner city areas to pursue their professional or entrepreneurial aspirations. Bristol24/7 was proud to welcome Osob Elmi for a fortnight’s work experience. Osob is now studying journalism at university.


A pioneering education project

Bristol24/7 played a key role in the pilot scheme of Represent, a pioneering education project currently being rolled out to all secondary schools and higher education centres in Bristol. Bristol24/7 hosted two students from St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School, Noémi Keresztes and Annalise Jones.Annalise had a first-person piece published in September’s magazine about how she coped with receiving her AS-level results.

Joanna Randall, co-founder of Represent, said:  “The pilot scheme worked really well at Redcliffe and proves that our formula works to help raise awareness and aspiration of careers alongside the practical skills needed to enter the world of work.”


Work experience

We offer work experience placements to anybody wanting to get a taste in the media industry with our ethos being to throw our work experience placements in at the deep end, sending them out on the streets of Bristol to write stories and take photographs – including our ever-popular weekly Street Style feature. Bristol24/7 editorial assistant, Meena Alexander, was with us on work experience which led to her getting the job and making sure that everything at our offices in the Paintworks runs smoothly.

Email if you want to arrange to come in for a taste of the media industry 

Bristol 24/7 roll of honour: 
Aaron James Adam Burrows Adam Quarshie Albert Testani Alex Betrram-Powell Alex Moreton Alex Turner Amanda Ramsey Andrew Batten-Foster Andrew Wallis Andy Williams Angela Belassie Ann Sheldon Anna Trotter Annalise Jones Annie Johansen Barry Dolan Ben Wright beth Longville Charlotte Leslie Cheryl Morgan Chris Gordon Chris Brown Clyde Best Darren Jones Daryl Bullock Dave Skinner Dulcie Horn Eleanor Wilock Ella Riggs Elle England Ellen Waddell Emillie Hawed Eugene Byrne Gary Hopkins George Devereaux George Ferguson Gina Jones Glenn Vowles Hannah Carr Hannah Moylan Hannah Stuart-Leach Harriet Whitehorne Helen Martin Hilary Douglas-Smith Imogen Charleston James Caig James Prescott Jane Duffus Jess Hoare Jo Holloway Joanna Papageorgiou Joe Bush john COwell Jonathon Walker Jonathon Kardasz Josh Dyer Joy Molan Julian Owen Karen White Katie Willacy katie Amos Katie Dane Katie White Kellie Jobanputra Kelly Stooke Kerry Hood Kevin Broadly Kevin Slocombe Larry Day Laura Collacott Laura Hounsom Laura Williams Lee Threkeld Lesley Gillilan Lia Leendertz Linda Tanner Lottie Storey Lottie Wallis Lou Trimby Louis Emanuel Lucia Powell Lucie Wood Lucy Holloway Luke St Leger Lydia Sherlock Mairead Finlay Mark Weston Martin Booth Martin Pilgrim Mat Martin Matt Annis Meena Alexander Melanie Vaxevanakis Michael Inglis Mike White Millie Morris Natalie Burns Ned Holmes Neil Maggs Nejla Walker Nick Ballard Nicola Yeeles Noemi Keresztes Oliver Lane Oscar Taylor Kent Osob Elmi Pamela Parkes Patrick Josephs Paul Hassan Paul Riley Paul Smith Polly March Rachael S'Cruze-Sharpe Rachael Stiles Rachel Hagen Rachel Hawkins Rachel Morris Rhys Willams Rich Lorriman Richard Hogg Richard jones Richard Peake Rick Johansen Rina Vergano Rob Telford Robin Askew Roger Griffith Roger James Ruth Bker Ruth Morris Sally Telford Sam Gregory-Manning Sammy Maine Sarah McDowall Sarah Ashworth Sarah Newey Sean Wilson Sennen Rose Shane Morgan Sharon Hale Sian Norris Simon Fry Steve Coombes Steve D Wright Steve Wright Stuart Roberts Sunny Baglow Suzi Gage Tessa Coombes Thangham Debbonaire Theo Watts Thomas Ashworth Ti SinghTiffany Daniels Tim Ellis Tim Saunders Toby O'Connor Morse Tom Hackett Tom Herbert Tom Philips Tom Reid Tony Benjamin Tony Crofts Tony Dyer Traci Lewis Volkan Kan Wendy Buonaventura Rina Vergano Will Richards Will Simpson Zaki Doglani Extra thanks to: Adrienne Noonan Ajith Wickrama Alan Morris Alex Gilkison Andy Bamforth Andrew Landsdowne Ben Clayton Ben Hostler Bentleigh Burgess Clare Reddington Claire Bush Dan Bennett David Alder David Bell Dave Puddefoot Dick Penny Dougal Templeton Frank West James Savage Jo Holloway Lucy Holloway Mark Mason Marti Burgess Mike Bennett Pablo Wilson Pablo Carillo Paul Schneider Paul Harris Richard Windsor Roger James Simon Cutts Steve Coombe Jo Randall Lizz Gadd Dave Higgitt Tom Melamed The Calvium team The Wildfire team

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