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Welcome to BARBIE!

BARBIE – Bristol Association of Restaurants, Bars and Independent Establishments – was set up in January 2017 and we now have over 7,800 members in our Facebook group and over 350 official venue members at 1st January 2020. It’s been set up to give independent businesses a collective voice with the council, purchasing power as a group and networking events for the industry.
The group is free to join however venue memberships are available to give you access to our events, recruitment posting and purchasing group. Our main partners for 2020 continue to be A. David & Co, Gregg Latchams, Pattersons and 365Bristol. Click on our Partners Page for details of all of our partners that we recommend, contact details for all are included there too!
If you would like to sign up as a member get in touch at info@barbiebristol.com or call the team on 0117 2140098.

Partners

BARBIE have partnered up with a number of local suppliers to provide exceptional service and better rates to our members. Please see below a number of those we are currently working with. Make sure to advise them of your BARBIE membership number when you get in touch!

Drink Brands

News & Events

Source Trade Show Bristol – New Date for 2021

As you know the team at BARBIE partnered with Hale Events who were hoping to bring their extremely successful Source Trade Roadshow to Bristol for the first time.

It was due to take place on Thursday 18th June 2020 at Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, BS3 2EJ. However due to Covid-19 this had to be postponed.  They have now announced that the new date will be Thursday 17th June 2021 and this will be the biggest exhibition for traders to attend that are involved in the food and beverage sector. If you are interested in exhibiting get in touch with James Curtis at james@hale-events.com, tel. 01934 733433 or visit the website directly at bristol.thesourcetradeshow.co.uk.

ABOUT HALE EVENTS

Hale Events have been organising trade shows for 25 years. Based in Axbridge, Somerset, they have been running a successful show for food and drink buyers in Exeter for ten years. It’s called the Source trade show, and next year it’s going on the road! Its first outing will be to Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium on the 17 June 2021.

“Bristol has a thriving independent food sector, with a focus on local, organic and ethical produce, so it’s perfect for us to connect more regional producers to. We want to help Bristol buyers try, taste and test even more of the best produce that the South West has to offer.” Mike Anderson, Managing Director. Hale Events Ltd. “Trade shows offer a unique marketing medium in today’s digital world. Their face to face nature enables long-term trusting relationships to be built. They are engaging and in a market like food and drink, events like this are a great way to compare the competition.”

Working with Taste of the West, the South West’s regional food group, and BARBIE – Bristol Association of Restaurants, Bars and Independent Establishments, along with a broad mix of trade publications, and local business press, this event will showcase artisan food & drink producers, alongside hospitality and catering supplies, food service, and service providers to hospitality and food retail.

John Sheaves, Taste of the West’s Chief Executive said: “Taste of the West is absolutely delighted to support the new Source Trade Roadshow in Bristol, being one of the key cities and therefore markets for high quality food and drink in the South West. This is a truly exciting venture that takes quality, high integrity products right into the heart of Bristol where producers will be able to share their knowledge and expertise with buyers from the city, and for us having the same Source trade show skills and expertise behind the venture provides us with great confidence”.

“BARBIE Bristol welcomes this new trade show to Bristol and looks forwards to working with the organisers to make it successful & fun for Bristol’s hospitality sector.” Andy Dodd, Chairman.

“We’ve wanted a trade show for hospitality buyers in Bristol for years. We’re delighted Hale Events are launching one because we’ve always done great business at their shows.” Nick Rowland, Director Qtos Catering Equipment.

ABOUT BARBIE

Launched in January 2017, we now have over 8,500 members in our group and 400+ venue members. It was set up to have influence over the council (we now sit on the Bristol City Council board for the night time economy representing our members), purchasing power as a group and industry events. For more information call the team on 0117 2140098.

 

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