Shop Local Bristol items of interest

1.       The summer festival season in Bristol is in full swing. Just some examples: Bristol Pride 2019 has just started, and runs till Sunday 14 July at venues across the city with Pride Day on Saturday 13 JulyClifton Fest 2019 is on Saturday 6 July, as is the Southmead FestivalThe annual Bristol Shakespeare Festival – the biggest yet – is taking place throughout July in alfresco and unusual spaces across Bristol. And this year’s Harbour Festival – one of the UK’s largest free festivals – takes place over the weekend of 19, 20 & 21 July.

2.       And read more about the range of activities in Bristol Shopping Quarter this summer – including the Bears Go To Town family trail and the Mojito Beach Bar – here.

3.       Community businesses based in Bristol can now benefit from a package of support including £10k grant funding. Through Power to Change and Marks & Spencer’s M&S Community Business Challenge, community businesses can access funding and skills support covering all disciplines of retail – from visual merchandising to supply chain management to finance. The School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington (SSE) are running a series of taster sessions during July in Bristol to answer all enquiries and support applicants; click here for more or email 

4.       The next Bristol Pound business breakfast is on Thursday 18 July (8.15am – 9.30am) at Colston Hall BS1 5AR; full details and book here.

5.       The British Business Bank has reported that its startup loans programme has lent £500m through more than 60,000 loans to UK small businesses since it was set up in 2012; read more here.

6.       Social Enterprise Babbasa are currently supporting a group of young people who would benefit from mentoring support from the local business community. You do not need to have prior experience as a mentor; training will be provided. if interested, and check out what professionals say about their involvement with Babbasa here.

7.   For the first time large businesses could be fined for failing to pay smaller suppliers on time as part of a package of measures on late payment unveiled recently by the UK Government; more here.

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