Items of interest from ShopLocalBristol

1.       Bristol Ageing Better is launching its Age Friendly Business Guide – a free comprehensive toolkit for businesses that want to improve what they can offer older people – this Wednesday, 15 May (5pm – 7pm) at The Station, Silver Street, BS1 2AG; more here.

2.       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.

3.       In the build up to the launch of the Great British High Streets Awards for 2019, the Visa Spend & Win Competition encourages people to spend money in their local independent stores and rewards both businesses and customers. The competition is open tillMonday 27 May; more here, and to access videos demonstrating how you can use digital marketing more effectively for your business click here.

4.       The Business Showcase South West exhibition is on Wednesday 19 June (10am – 4pm) at Ashton Gate Stadium BS3 2EJ. It’s the biggest event of its kind in the South West; more here. And visit the Enterprising West of England consortium stand at the exhibition to find out more about the ERDF- unded business currently support available. 

5.       Bristol Pound have launched a pilot interest free loan scheme for local independent businesses, with the aim of providing finance that meets the needs of local businesses, enabling them to grow, while at the same time increasing the use of Bristol Pounds in the local economy; more here.

6.       UK Research & Innovation’s Strength In Places Fund is a competitive fund for collaborative bids between businesses and research organisations to help local areas build on their research and innovation strengths and grow local expert networks. Applications are open for projects to bid for up to £50k early-stage funding to develop their ideas and to then go on to develop full stage bids; more here.

7.       Visit Bristol are inviting potential submissions for their #SummerinBristol events campaign; click here for more.

8.       Bristol has been voted the best city in the UK for eating out; more here.

9.       The Future Bright service helps West of England businesses and employees realise their full potential through developing workplace skills. Among other things it supports businesses by providing access to training and development, and identifying ways to motivate staff, increase productivity  and reduce absenteeism.

10.   Bristol’s Community Toilet Scheme now has 100 venues signed up, providing people in the city with more places to use the loo free of charge.

11.   The Night Time Industries Association and its partners have produced a white paper outlining how events and festivals, by fostering a 24 hour economy, could help the future development of high streets; read more here.

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