Shop Local Bristol items of interest

This week’s Items of Interest:

1.       A lively debate on the future of the high street took place at the recent Bristol International Balloon Fiesta business breakfast; read more here.

2.       And read more about the imaginative use of a former empty shop in Easton that’s benefitting the local community here.

3.       Boost Bristol is hosting an event entitled How To Beat Work-Related Stress, Feel Good & Boost Productivity on Tuesday 10 September  (6pm – 8pm) at Unilit Club, 20 Berkeley Square BS8 1HP; more here.

4.       The Power to Change Community Business Fund is designed to support existing community businesses with grants to help them progress towards self-sufficiency. Community businesses can apply for grants of £50k to £300k. The next round opens on Wednesday 11 September; further details, including information on a webinar on 12 September, here.

5.       Bristol Open Doors gives you the keys to the city. For one weekend a year – this year from Friday 13 September – discover heritage spaces, forgotten places and innovative design. Opening fascinating buildings and uncovering their secrets through expert-led tours the festival, produced by the Architecture Centre, celebrates the city’s architecture, heritage and design; more here.

6.       Bristol City Council is asking for feedback on changes to the road network in the Western Harbour area, which could create a new city quarter including new homes, shops and green space. The consultation closes on Sunday 15 September; have your say here.

7.       The Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon takes place on the morning of Sunday 15 September; click here for further details including the route, road closures and the Business Challenge.

8.       The Festival of Sustainable Business on Tuesday 17 September will bring together all the work being done to help businesses progress in their sustainability journey. With the recent announcement of Bristol’s 2030 carbon neutrality target, now is the time to explore what options are already out there and bring together people who can help the city in achieving this goal; find out more here.

9.       A copy of a short note exploring the data for Bristol City Centre Office Market in the period 1999 – 2018 can be found here, together with a range of other economic intelligence and analysis. And information on Bristol’s population trends has recently been updated and can be found here.

10.   Two toilet blocks no longer in use – one in Bedminster the other in Westbury-on-Trym – have been put up for auction; more here and here.

11. is the UK Government website offering information and advice about exporting and includes case study material and guidance on preparing for Brexit. Guidance is also available, courtesy of Business Westhere. And this UK Government site offers guidance on trading under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.