Shop Local items of interest

This week’s Items of Interest:

1.       The next free-to-attend GetSocial networking event for Micro and SME businesses is this Thursday, 23 May (6.00pm – 8.00pm) at The Salt Cafe, Gasworks Lane BS1 5AT. Powered by GetSet for Growth and Outset, the evening brings together businesses of all different sectors, shapes and sizes – from food to construction, retail to creative – each with the common goal of growing; book here. The event forms part of the Enterprising West of England programme, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

2.       Current Bristol City Council consultations include the Local Plan Review (closes Friday 24 May) and the draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy (closes Monday 27 May); further details here.

3.       The UK Government has announced a £10m grant scheme to plant over 130,000 trees in England’s towns and cities over the next two years. The Urban Tree Challenge Fund will be administered by the Forestry Commission and among those that can apply are individuals and charities; more here.

4.       The Dot to Dot Festival, which showcases emerging musical talent, comes to venues across Bristol on Saturday 25 May; more here.

5.       And on bank holiday Monday 27 May, Bristol Old Vic on King Street BS1 4ED, in the week of its 253rd birthday, brings back its annual Open Stage, showcasing the performances of nearly 200 Bristolians; more here.

6.       St Nicholas Market on Corn Street BS1 1JQ is holding a Twilight Market on Thursday 6 June (5pm – 9pm) and pitches are available. Express an interest no later than 12 noon, Friday 31 May, by emailing

7.       This summer, Bedminster BID will release a new tote bag with the aim of helping Bedminster become more sustainable, reducing the use of plastic bags for shopping in the area. The BID is therefore looking for local designers to make their mark; find out more here. Deadline for submissions is Sunday 2 June.

8.       The Raise the Roof art exhibition will highlight the work of a number of local housing campaigns. It takes place between Thursday 6 and Saturday 8 June at PRSC, 17-25 Jamaica Street BS2 8JW; more here.

9.   Are you ready to trade up your social enterprise or community business? A new free learning programme with cash awards from the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Dartington takes place in Bristol over four days from June to September. Apply by Sunday 9 June; more here.  

10.   Filwood is one of just fourteen communities across England that has secured funding from the Creative Civic Change programme. Among many other things the Filwood Fantastic project will design and make new features for Filwood Broadway such as street furniture, lighting and signs; more here and here.

11.   Bristol has launched its bid to become a Gold Sustainable Food City. This national award has not yet been granted at Gold level to any other city in the UK. Anyone who wants to get involved can log their actions at the Going for Gold website, and collect e-badges in recognition of their direct contribution. Another way of contributing is to sign your food business up to the Bristol Eating Better award scheme.

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