Carly Heath has been named as Bristol’s new Night-Time Economy Advisor, to lead the city’s entertainment and hospitality sector’s recovery from the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
With more than 20 years of experience, Carly has a track record of delivering successful projects in the cultural sector, including as the founder of Don’t Panic Bristol, a marketing agency that worked with city venues to promote their events, and as co-founder and trustee of community festival Brisfest.
As well as working at the then-Colston Hall for a number of years, she has also worked on thousands of music events at all levels throughout the city and was part of the research team at University of West of England (UWE) studying the effects of the pandemic on the cultural industries.
Among Carly’s early tasks will be the development of a vision and roadmap to support Bristol’s world-famous cultural venues, bars, restaurants and clubs, increase dialogue and collaboration and identify and capitalise on the cultural, social and economic benefits that the night-time industries can offer the city.
Referring to her new roles, Carly Heath said:
“I’m honoured to be appointed as Bristol’s Night-Time Economy Advisor. I have passionately worked in the industry my whole career and look forward to advocating Bristol’s beautifully rich after-dark culture.
“This position is a unique opportunity to amplify the voice of our night-time economy and connect with businesses, city officials, developers, and the wider public. Promoting a vibrant nightlife is important for tourism, but also for the social fabric of the city as a space to congregate and share ideas. Independent restaurants, venues, bars and clubs are the beating heart of Bristol’s culture. I’m passionate about the businesses that operate from 6pm-6am and I look forward to helping guide Bristol’s night-time economy as we move on from the challenges of lockdown.”
Councillor Nicola Beech, cabinet member for Strategic Design and City Planning, said:
“Having seen such a devastating impact across our city to businesses and individual talent alike, we are delighted that Carly has accepted the role. With her proven background and experience we look to quickly reverse the impact COVID has had on culture, music and the night-time economy, supporting a diverse and inclusive offer, and prioritising safety and rest alongside entertainment. With Carly acting as a champion for the sector and for the city we will rebuild Bristol’s reputation as a leading, internationally celebrated destination for both residents and visitors to enjoy.”