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 traci.lewis@dartington.org.

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.