Bristol Shop Local items of interest

1.       The Bristol Impact Fund supports projects that tackle the city’s inequalities and builds on communities’ strengths. Since its launch in 2016, the grant programme has funded a range of projects delivered by organisations and collaborations across Bristol. Expressions of interest for the second round of small BIF grants are now being invited, deadline Friday 26 July; further details here.

2.       As part of its West of England Low Carbon Challenge Fund, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has a £1million Green Business Grants fund to help SMES improve their energy efficiency. Cashback grants of £1k-£15k per business are available to cover 40% of eligible costs.  You can also get a free energy survey if you need one. Full applications can be submitted anytime up to Friday 1 November; full details here.

3.       Bristol Waste clearly sees the opportunity to divert good condition, fit-for-purpose items from the waste stream and get them into the hands of people who can use them – for instance new startups and businesses looking for office furniture. Read more about Bristol Waste’s Reuse initiative here.

4.       Bristol’s Quality of Life survey gives local residents an opportunity to voice their opinions about issues close to their hearts and their views on local public services. Survey results are a major source of neighbourhood level statistics and public perception information and as such are used to help plan local services, track change and improve the quality of life in Bristol. The 2019 survey will be sent out to a random sample of Bristol households in September; for further information, including the most recent report, click here.

5.       Find out more about Bristol’s status as a UNESCO City of Film, including a guided walking tour of some famous locations as part of Watershed’s Cinema Rediscovered season later this month, here and here.

6.       With the number of people aged over 65 set to nearly double to more than 20 million in under 50 years, read more about the UK Government’s plans relating to the Ageing Society Grand Challenge – a key part of its modern Industrial Strategy – here.

7.   The Get Well Get On Employment Support Service provides free advice and support to SMEs around managing health at work. Examples of support available include free Information and advice to support staff to manage their health at work; tackling long term sickness absence with effective return to work plans; and boosting productivity through promotion of healthy workplaces and general wellbeing. Find out more here or here or email

8.   The latest version of our Business Startup & Development toolkit is attached; it can also be accessed here. Any feedback you may have is welcome.

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