Items of interest for local businesses and start-ups

The following may be of interest to Totterdown businesses – and those thinking of setting up a business.

1.       Feeding the City is a fully funded 12 month programme that will support sustainable food start-ups across the UK. Successful applicants will receive bursaries, and have access to business and food expert advice and training throughout 2019. A free-to-attend Idea-Generating Workshop to explore ideas is being held at The Foundation, St Georges Road BS1 5BE on Monday 14 January (6-9pm); book here.

2.       The Centre for Capacity Building & Enterprise Development (CCBED), a social enterprise based in St Paul’s Learning Centre, 94 Grosvenor Rd BS2 8XJ helping to tackle unemployment and underemployment in people aged 19 plus from disadvantaged local communities, is offering two free week-long courses in Enterprise & Employment (10am – 2.30pm) in January and February beginning Monday 14 January; see attached.

3.       If you are a start-up, freelancer or remote worker, and want to be more productive in 2019 then join Redbrick House for their Coworking Open Day on Tuesday 15 January (9am – 5pm) at Redbrick House, Wilder Street BS2 8QH. A full day’s coworking is on offer, including brunch and a professional goal setting workshop to help kick-start those new year resolutions; more here.

4.       A workshop on Crowdfunding & Alternative Finance for Business takes place on Tuesday 29 January (12pm – 3pm) at Leigh Court,Pill Road BS8 3RA. The session is facilitated by Business West; book here.

5.       Applications are open for SMEs to apply for grants of up to £2,500 from the Department of International Trade to attend international trade shows; find out more here.

6.       Applications are now open for the Community Business Trade Up Programme, which School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington(SSE) are running in partnership with Power to Change. Successful applicants will receive a free 12 day learning programme spread over 9 months with Match Trading grant of up to £10K. Application deadline is 1pm Thursday 14 February; more here.

7.       Till the end of January match-funded grants from Travelwest are available for Bristol businesses to improve their sustainable travel provision. Measures such as cycle parking, electric pool bikes and car sharing bays can be funded, as can promotional events encouraging walking, cycling and car sharing. Also available is 50% match funding for electric vehicle charge point installation with, until March 2019, further top ups of £500 from another scheme possible for this purpose. Email full details.

8.   Bristol Harbour Festival, one of the UK’s largest public festivals welcoming around 250,000 people, is looking for artists, entertainers and others who would like to bring a performance or activity to celebrate with all the communities of Bristol; find out more and express your interest in getting involved in the 2019 festival here.

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Declan Murphy

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