Items of interest from ShopLocalBris

1.       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, the deadline for which is now Sunday 30 June, click here.

2.       A new fund to help SMEs improve their energy efficiency and support community energy projects is being launched by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). The West of England Low Carbon Challenge Fund will run over the next three years and will be open to eligible applicants across the region; find out more about timescales, criteria and the amounts of grants available here.

3.       Get tips on how best to present your business to the media at an Enterprise Nation event entitled Meet the Journalists on Tuesday 18 June (6pm-8.30pm) at DeskLodge, Redcliffe Way BS1 6NL; full details here.

4.       Tech Nation Talks – South West takes place on Wednesday 19 June (6pm – 8.30pm) at Watershed, Canon’s Road BS1 5TX. Free to attend, there will be a presentation on this year’s report looking at the state of UK tech within a global market, and a deep dive look at tech in the South West including a panel discussion and audience Q+A. Interested founders, investors or those from the tech ecosystem can sign up here.

5.       Wednesday 19 June is National Refill Dayan awareness campaign led by Bristol-based City to Sea, to help get the UK public to stop bottling it when it comes to our drinking water; more here.

6.       Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District, together with Old City businesses are hosting a street party on Corn Street BS1 1HT on Sunday 23 June (11am – 5pm); more here. The event will help mark the end of Bristol Food Connections 2019.

7.       Partners in Procurement are hosting their annual SME Supplying the Public Sector conference on Wednesday 26 June (9am to 2.30pm, including lunch) at UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre BS34 8QZ. Topics to include Procurement post-Brexit, Crown Commercial Service and central government buying, and Bristol Going for Gold Sustainable Food City status; see attached for further information and book here.  

8.       As well as providing free business support to low carbon businesses in the West of England the Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub(STBAH), part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, also runs free-to-attend events and workshops, the next one of which takes place onThursday 27 June (8am – 10.30am) at the Engine Shed, BS1 6QH, focusing on How to Keep Products and Materials in Use; more here.

9.   BCC’s latest Economic Quarterly Briefing is attached and, together with previous ones and other information (for example recent data for business survival in Bristol compared to other core cities), is also available here.

10.   Bristol Festivals is a charity supporting Bristol-based festivals and events, from the very small and locally focused, to the city’s major cultural events. With the festival season upon us Bristol Festivals are encouraging people to sign up to their Festival Volunteers Bank to keep up to date about the opportunities available.

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