Bristol shop local items of interest

1.       Community groups are being encouraged to bid for support to help clean up their local high street. Bristol City Council has been given £80k from the UK Government to back council efforts to clean up high streets and town centres. Funding will be used to buy kit and provide training to support communities. All purchased kit will be given to local communities to keep so that they can continue to use it. Read more here and here, or to request an expression of interest form, email; deadline for submissions is this Friday 10 May.

2.       In 2018 it was estimated that mental health conditions cost Bristol employers approximately £281m a year. With Mental Health Awareness Week beginning on Monday 13 May, click here for some guidance on workplace health and wellbeing for employers, and here for some further information from the FSB.

3.       The British Council has selected Bristol to trial a social innovation small grants programme intended to encourage the building of international links and sharing social innovation in cities. Grants of between £250 & £1k are available, with a deadline for applications of Wednesday 15 May. Eligible activities could include attending events abroad to disseminate your models of practice; engaging in ‘go-and-see’ trips to observe innovative practice elsewhere; and the scoping out of international market opportunities; full details here.

4.       Are you already involved in cyber or interested in finding out more? Come along to the inaugural Bristol & Bath Cyber Conference onWednesday 15 May (9am-5pm) at Watershed1 Canon’s Road BS1 5TX; full details here. 

5.       Facebook’s Digital Skills Training Programme Workshop – free-to-attend – is coming to Future Space, UWE Bristol BS34 8QZ on Thursday 16 May (1pm – 4pm). This is the first event of its kind in the South West region and demand is exceeding all expectations; read more and book here.

6.       Bristol City Council is currently carrying out a survey aimed at workspace providers in the city with a collection of units 3,000 sq ft or under in size. The intention is to use the information collected to monitor property trends and to better inform future developments/funding bids. To take the survey, which closes on Monday 20 May, click here.

7.       The Mayor of Bristol, City Office and Bristol Green Capital Partnership have come together to establish a Bristol One City Environmental Sustainability Board (ES Board) and are seeking members to shape the city’s journey to the highest standards of environmental sustainability in the shortest possible time. Deadline for expressions of interest is 9am, Monday 20 May; more here.

8.       The Tobacco Factory on Raleigh Road BS3 1TF celebrates 25 years as a cultural hub with a range of events on the weekend of Saturday 25Sunday 26 May; more here.

9.       Feeding Bristol has launched a mapping tool that will help connect food organisations around the city and those they work with – a free online interactive map that gives visibility to organisations and projects that provide different types of food related support to the community including retailers, community cafes, foodbanks, community growing sites, etc; more here.  The map was developed as part of the research of Feeding Bristol’s recently released report on the level of food provision and services across the city. Click here for a summary.

10.   The Office of the Small Business Commissioner (SBC) was launched in December 2017 to ensure fair payment practices for Britain’s small businesses, and support them in resolving their payment disputes with larger businesses, thereby bringing about culture change; read more, including a list of companies removed or suspended from the Prompt Payment Code, here.

11.   Attached is a short note exploring the data for new business start-ups in Bristol and the West of England for the period 2008 to 2018; it can also be found here.

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