Shop Local – this week’s items of interest

1.       Bristol City Council has launched the Bristol Social Value Toolkit. The approach taken ensures that processes used to award grants or contracts give organisations the chance to demonstrate, and be recognised for, the contribution they make to the city, particularly for disadvantaged groups or communities. The Social Value Policy and further information is available on the Council’s website here.

2.       As part of Bristol’s Going for Gold sustainable food city initiative, Bristol Food Network are hosting an event tailored to those involved in sustainable food on Thursday 11 July (6pm – 8pm) at 1 Temple Way BS2 0BY. An opportunity to share projects (or ideas) and find others with similar interests; more here.

3.       The East Street Summer Fayre in Bedminster returns this Saturday 13 July (10am – 5pm); more here.

4.       Soapbox Science is returning to Bristol Shopping Quarter on Saturday 13 July (12pm – 3pm) for another day of free scientific discovery. The stretch of Broadmead outside M&S will be transformed into a platform for scientific discussion and debate, with a particular aim of getting girls interested in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM); more here.

5.       Business in the Community’s Bristol Waste to Wealth Summit on Thursday 18 July (3pm – 6pm) at PwC, Glass Wharf BS2 0FR will bring together BITC member companies with other like-minded organisations to explore how to support Bristol’s environmental priorities and ambitions; more here.

6.       Find out more about Enterprise Nation’s Energiser local business accelerator programme at a free-to-attend taster on Tuesday 30 July(10am – 12pm) at the West of England Growth Hub, 3 Rivergate BS1 6ER; further details here. 

7.       Bristol City Council’s Traffic Clean Air Zone consultation is your chance to say what you think about the two options proposed forimproving air quality in Bristol. Click here for further details; deadline is Monday 12 August.

8.       A new slot on local community radio station BCfm will highlight independent high street businesses in a Desert Island Discs-type format during the station’s Silver Sound Show. Any business interested in taking part should email

9.       The UK Government has launched its High Street Task Force to help revitalise the country’s high streets and town centres. The Task Force, which will be run by the Institute of Place Management, was announced during the autumn budget as part of government plans for the high street, and will work with places receiving money from the £675m Future High Streets Fund; more here and here.

10.   Read the recently released EatDrink 24/7 2019 Bristol food and drink guide here.

11.   Bristol has been successful in its renewal bid for Fairtrade City statusan accolade that recognises another three years of work by individuals and organisations across the city to raise awareness on Fair Trade issues and support Fair Trade supply chains; read morehere. 

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