The end of this month marked 6 weeks on from the launch of the One City Plan. In the update below we outline progress on the One City Programme, key engagement work, as well as links to upcoming events to be involved with, including; a conference on Carbon Neutrality, a Drop-In Session on the SDGs, and the universities-led Bristol Forum.

If we thought January was a busy month, then it was good preparation for the abundance of activities in February. While we are just over 6 weeks-in from the launch of the One City Plan, we can already report back that across multiple organisations, there is already a real and tangible sense of collective ownership and participation in the One City Programme. The visions laid out in the One City Plan have proved successful as a rallying call for groups getting in touch to discuss their input and to make offers to the City. It is this continued momentum which has energised our activities this month, as has the spring-like warm sunshine this week.

News Round-up

City Office Development

We’re pleased to announce that the job paperwork and advert for the position of Head of the City Office will be released shortly via the Bristol City Council website, please keep checking for updates.

One City Programme Delivery

We’ve worked with colleagues representing strategic city boards to discuss alignment with the One City Plan and how to establish new forums for partnership and collaboration. As well as this, work has progressed in the setting up of a new Environment Board and an Economy Board which will be key forums to drive forward the related themes of the One City Plan.

The City Office have confirmed the scope and next steps to support the Top 3 One City Priorities – Gang Crime and Youth Violence, Affordable Childcare, Ending Period Poverty. We’ve already received some fantastic offers of support from across the city on these priorities, but if you are keen to be involved we are still looking for more partners.

We’ve finally uploaded the mapping of the Sustainable Development Goals to the One City Plan to this website, and we’re delighted to confirm that Bristol will continue to build on this and conduct a ‘Voluntary Local Review’ this year.

On a related note, the Global Goals Centre project in Bristol, visited Barton Hill Academy recently to talk with Year 6 students about sustainability and the SDGs – also resulting in a great photo below that we wanted to share!

Children holding SDG cubes
20190207 – Jenny Foster Global Goals Barton Hill by @JonCraig_Photos 07778606070

City Engagement

February has been full of many excellent meetings with inspiring colleagues who have indicated they are keen to offer their support, this covers many sectors includes; charities, social enterprises, city leadership forums, businesses and professional associations.

There is real alignment developing throughout key sectors in Bristol, with the One City Plan acting as an influential document to strategic priorities from groups including; BGCP Environmental Sustainability Vision, a refresh of the Business West High in Hope 2050, The City Leap, Bristol City Council, Bristol City Funds.

Additional progress is happening around community engagement, including exploring the production of a ‘One City’ community radio show and ground work to run a number of community engagement events.

We’ve also made some key updates to the Bristol One City website which is proving very popular with almost 6,000 unique hits – you can even share this newsletter via social media links below!

Events in March

More events are happening in March which are opportunities for you to get involved, they include;

Tuesday 05 March – Accelerating progress towards a carbon neutral Bristol – a Bristol Green Capital gathering – NOW SOLD OUT – but you can reserve a place on a waiting list.

Tuesday 05 March – City Office Drop In session  – focused on the Sustainable Development Goals – NOW SOLD OUT – but you can reserve a place on a waiting list.

Friday 29th March – Bristol Forum – a collaboration between the City Office, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England to creating positive action through research and collaboration


If you would like any further information or would like to get in contact with the City Office, please email us at