OVO staff and customers hear from Bristol Mayor candidates
By Rob Jeffery Friday 29 April 2016
After the success of our 2015 General Election hustings, last week we invited the front runners in the Bristol Mayoral race to OVO HQ. We wanted to give our staff and local customers the chance to hear from each candidate, before going to the polls on May 5th.
Inviting customers to our Rivergate offices was a first for us. We were thrilled to meet them face to face for the first time and proud as punch to show off our home.
Businesses like ours don’t usually open their doors to their customers, or host election debates for that matter, but we feel passionately about giving everyone an opportunity to have a say on issues affecting their future. We want to be a hub for sharing ideas and opinions, especially those that could shape the future of our wonderful city.
Before the event, we asked attendees to vote on the top three areas most important to them, which then formed the discussion topics for the evening. Unsurprisingly, energy and the environment came out on top, with transport a close second and housing third.
Our Founder and CEO Stephen Fitzpatrick chaired proceedings, making sure the candidates gave succinct answers to the questions from the floor. We heard from George Ferguson (the existing Mayor and Bristol First candidate), Labour’s Marvin Rees, the Green’s Tony Dyer and the Lib Dems’ Kay Barnard. The Conservative candidate was also invited but couldn't make it on the night.
It was a lively evening, with the candidates clashing on everything from how to tackle traffic congestion to whether rents should be capped. One area candidates seemed to agree on though was the need for Bristol to be carbon neutral by 2050.
With less than a week to go before polling day it’s certainly given our staff and customers a lot to chew over!
Here’s a short video from the evening to give you a flavour of what happened.