Items of Interest for local businesses

1.       From April 2019 to April 2021 certain retail premises in Bristol can have a business rates discount. The discount will be provided to eligible occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 in 2019/20 and 2020/21, subject to State Aid De Minimis limits; further details here.

2.       Travelwest’s annual Travel to Work Survey is open this weekMonday 11 – Sunday 17 March. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete and you could be in with a chance of winning a hot air balloon ride for two, a Fitbit, or Love2Shop vouchers. Take the survey here.

3.       Bristol Irish Society are holding a series of events to celebrate St Patrick’s Day this year, including a street party on Saturday 16 March (7pm – 10.30pm) outside Seamus O’Donnell’s on St Nicholas Street BS1 1UE, and on Sunday 17 March (beginning 1.30pm) a parade departing from Lawrence Hill (Russell Town Avenue) to St George Park; further detail here, or

4.       Jobs Fair at The Galleries, Broadmead BS1 3XD is on Thursday 21 March (10am to 2pm). Up to 30 employers with positions available in the Bristol area will be in attendance; see attached for further detail.

5.       Find out more about Bristol City Council’s Consultation Hub here; currently open consultations include ones for local residents on what the future Temple Quarter should look like; the Bristol Eating Better award scheme; and ideas or suggestions for your library and its building.

6.       The second free-to-attend meeting of the Bristol Urban, Enterprise & Innovation Network, launched by Black South West Network (BSWN), is on Wednesday 20 March (6pm – 8.30pm) at Colston Hall BS1 5AR. The network aids the development of effective collaboration and innovation amongst BAME entrepreneurs in the South West of England; book here.

7.       The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) is helping to promote an event titled Tipping Point: What Happens with Our Waste on Thursday 21 March (7pm – 9pm) at the White Rabbit, Gordon Road BS8 1AW; more here.

8.       English Tourism Week begins on Saturday 30 March. Find out more, including how to promote your business, here. And entries for the Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards for 2019/20 are now open; full details here.

9.       The 19th Landlord Expo comes to Bristol on Tuesday 2 April (11am – 6pm) at the Exhibition & Conference Centre, UWE BS34 3QZ. Organised by WECA and free to attend the event features drop-in seminars and over 90 exhibitors ranging from financial experts, tax advisors and solicitors, letting agents, trades people and suppliers; book here.

10.   The Bristol Good Food Alliance, initiated by the Bristol Food Policy Council, Bristol Food Network and Bristol Green Capital Partnership, welcomes any organisation, project, or individual working to improve the food system for the city; find out more and how to get involved hereAnd if as a food business you’re interested in finding out about getting involved in the Going for Gold Sustainable Food City campaign email

11.   The aim of the West of England Better Business for All initiative is to support economic growth by making it easier to do business in the region through supporting compliance and removing regulatory barriers. Your local regulators can help save you time and money, improve your competitiveness and help you grow your business; find out more via the West of England Growth Hub here.

12.   Many people are suggesting we’re heading towards a cashless society. It’s certainly true we’re using less cash – over the last ten years cash payments have dropped from 63% of all payments to 34%. Read more about the implications of these developments in the Access to Cash Review here, and click here for an article examining the increase in cashless transactions in Bristol.

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Declan Murphy, Economic Development Project Officer, Bristol City Council

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