Shop Local Bristol items of interest

This week’s Items of Interest:

1.       Sustainability Makes Perfect Business Sense. Find out why at a fully funded workshop delivered by sustainability experts Planet First on Wednesday 28 August (2pm – 5pm) at Royal Oak House, Prince Street BS1 4GB; book here. The event forms part of Business West’s Enterprising West of England programme, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

2.       Bedminster Business Improvement District (BID) are seeking views on the future of East Street; have your say here.

3.       Social entrepreneurs and purpose-led businesses can apply for a free 3-day learning programme, Climate Action for the Social Economy, next month. Delivered by the School for Social Enterprise Dartington with contributions from a range of local organisations the programme forms part of the Social Enterprise Innovation Programme, supported by ERDF. Find out more and apply here by Saturday 17 August or contact

4.       The Coffee House Project returns to Bristol on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September at the Passenger Shed, Station Approach BS1 6QH. A two day festival celebrating local, artisan roasters, independent food and drink retailers and home-grown baristas with up to 50 exhibitors, workshops and talks, plus gourmet street food and live music. 10% discount off tickets is currently available using the code CHP10 via the website here.

 5.       Knowle West Fest 2019 takes place on Saturday 7 September (1pm – 8pm) at Barnstaple Road BS4 1JP; more here.

 6.       The Start Up Stories series of social events regularly showcases the journeys of local independent startups. Glitch – a multifunctional space with a hair salon, music venue, art gallery, plant shop and kitchen – at 48 Old Market BS2 0EX is the venue on Thursday 12 September (6pm – 8.30pm); further details here.

7.       The Prince’s Trust Makers Market is on Saturday 21 September (10am – 3pm) at Colston Hall, BS1 5AR. The market is an opportunity to recognise the fantastic achievements of 40+ young entrepreneurs who will be selling their products and services; more here.

8.       Across the UK, the consumer spending power of disabled people and their families – the Purple Pound – is worth £249 billion and is rising by an average of 14% per annum. Worldwide, the Purple Pound equates to a staggering £2.25 trillion, yet less than 10% of businesses have a targeted plan to access this disability market. The annual Purple Tuesday, this year on 12 November, is about creating a step change improvement in the awareness of the value and needs of disabled customers; read more here.

9.   The UK Government is seeking views on different ways in which government and employers can take action to reduce ill health-related job loss. It is putting forward a package of measures which encourage early and supportive action by employers for their employees with health conditions. The consultation closes on Monday 7 October; more here.

10.   The Chartered Trading Standards Institute’s Business Companion website, written by trading standards experts, helps businesses comply with trading standards law; view the website here.