Items of Interest from Shop Local Bristol

This week’s Items of Interest:

1.       Open air market Harbour Nights returns this Friday 19 April (5.30pm – 10pm), and on subsequent Fridays throughout the summer, outside theArnolfini BS1 4QA; more here.

2.       View a list of Easter events, courtesy of Visit Bristolhere.

3.       The West of England Academic Health Science Network has two national funding calls offering up to £40k to companies with an innovative product or service already on the market that help address two key health and care challenges in the region – the mental health resilience of young people and supporting people to stay health at home. Further details here and here, or email  Deadline is Tuesday 23 April.

4.       This year’s Travelwest Challenge will be taking place over 6 weeks in June/July. The free app-based Challenge encourages West of England businesses to compete by getting the highest numbers of their staff to travel sustainably and log their journeys to win prizes. Businesses can sign up here by Friday 26 April in order to be registered on the app and receive a free promotional pack to help encourage staff to get active and take part. 

5.       Bristol Walk Fest 2019, the popular annual celebration of walking, starts on Wednesday 1 May, and lasts for a month. Explore Bristol on foot with an extensive range of easy-access urban walks from beginner to experienced rambler, with most offered free of charge; find out more here.

 6.       The Planet Mark Start are hosting a special free-to-attend event next month for small businesses in the West of England keen to have a positive social, environmental and economic impact. With a keynote speech from Minister for Energy & Climate Change Claire Perry, the event on Thursday 16 May(5pm – 8pm) at KPMG, 66 Queen Square BS1 4BE will be an opportunity to explore your sustainability credentials and hear from other businesses improving their carbon footprint; further details here. 

7.       The UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy sets out a commitment to enable businesses to improve their energy efficiency by at least 20% by 2030.An innovation competition – open to all organisations that can demonstrate a route to market – currently offers up to £6m for innovative solutions that reduce transaction costs and encourage the take up of energy efficiency by SMEs in the commercial and industrial sectors. The closing date for submitting bids is Wednesday 8 May; more here.

8.       Bristol City Funds is a new initiative to raise additional money to tackle the city region’s most intransigent challenges. Linked to the overarching goals of Bristol’s One City Plan, this new approach brings together repayable finance and grant funding to support the social and environmental missions of local organisations. Applications are now open to join the Bristol City Funds Investment Advisory Committee; find out more here. 

9.       A short note exploring the most recent estimates for the productivity of the economy of Bristol can be found here.

10.   Part of the Bristol Learning City Partnership, WORKS is a unique collaboration between employers, learning providers and local communities to develop a skilled local workforce. The aim is to offer bespoke, meaningful work experience programmes created in partnership with schools. Employers are asked to pledge support via a framework of activities, and the WORKS team will then work with schools across Bristol to match employer opportunities with the needs of the young people; visit the WORKS webpage and pledge your support here.

11.   The inaugural Launch: Great West Awards will be held in Bristol in June, showcasing the scientific commercialisation activity in the region. The event will champion spin-outs and start-ups spanning all fields of science and bring together the innovation community for an evening of celebration, inspiration, and building connections; read more here.

12.   Find out who won what at this year’s Bristol Life business awards here.

We actively encourage recipients of this weekly email to share all or part of it with their colleagues and associates. If, however, you would like to receive it direct please email the address below, and please email me if you wish to unsubscribe. 

And remember you can also follow us on Twitter at @ShopLocalBris

Kind regards (& Happy Easter),

Declan Murphy

Economic Development Project Officer

Bristol City Council

T: 0117 922 3546