Bristol seeks to attract businesses with new website

Initiative an outgrowth of town’s revitalization efforts

Bristol DowntownThe town of Bristol, in a bid to attract businesses, has launched a business development website,, that highlights what it says are the advantages of doing business in town along with providing tools for starting a new business and helping existing businesses that want to hire and expand.

The town hopes the live-work-play lifestyle of the central New Hampshire community, said Bristol Town Administrator Nicholas Coates.

Coates said Bristol has seen an increase in investment in privately held properties in town, including 16-20 Central Square, which has been transformed from mill buildings to residential apartments. The town also has seen the addition of new restaurants, a jazz club, retailers, three breweries, a winery, and an anesthesiology practice in recent years.

In addition, he said, over the past five years, the town has invested in a downtown revitalization project that updated and improved traffic, parking and landscaping in Central Square, invested in public parks and trails throughout town, built Safe Routes to School, launched investments in public water and sewer service, and built the infrastructure needed to provide high-speed internet access throughout the town, including to the University of New Hampshire, municipal buildings and schools.

“The hope is that this site can be a tool for new business owners, companies looking to move into town, and for the businesses that are already here,” said Coates. “We also want to use it as a place to showcase our many recent successes and the great businesses that call Bristol home.”

Coates said the site was conceived by the Bristol Economic Development Committee. The website was designed by Dan Stebbings and Bram Stebbings of Chum Studio.