ShopLocal Bristol items of interest

1.       Do you live, work or travel through the Broad Plain area? Bristol City Council would like to hear your views at a Public Realm Strategy initial consultation event tomorrow, Tuesday 10 September (11am – 3pm) at Exchange, 72-73 Old Market BS2 0EJ and, weather permitting, at a pop-up at the entrance to the underpass on Broad Plain between 4.30pm & 6pm.

2.       Lloyds Bank’s Bristol Digital Academy provides free face-to-face training to individuals and businesses in seven locations across the city throughout September and October, starting today Monday 9 September, with over 60 courses and hundreds of learning opportunities. You can find out more and register your interest here and view the list of confirmed sessions announced to date here.

 3.       The Gigabit Voucher Scheme aims to make it easier for homes and businesses to get future-proof gigabit-ready broadband. SMEs and registered charities can get grants of up to £2,500, and there are £500 grants available for residents, towards the costs of getting ultrafast gigabit-ready broadband. To date over 200 local businesses have benefitted for the scheme, and there is scope for residents to join businesses in group schemes; find out more here.

4.       This year’s Bristol Open Doors, a celebration of the city’s architecture, heritage and design facilitated by the Architecture Centrebegins this Friday 13 September. Discover heritage spaces, forgotten places and innovative design – with many venues offering drop-ins without the need to book; full details here.

5.       The Festival of Sustainable Business is next Tuesday 17 September and 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.

6.       And find out Why Sustainability Makes Perfect Business Sense at a free-to-attend workshop delivered by sustainability experts Planet First on Wednesday 18 September (3.30pm – 6.30pm) at Womble Bond Dickinson, 3 Temple Back BS1 6DZ; book here. The event forms part of Business West’s Enterprising West of England programme, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

7.       The Local Access Programme is designed to support the development of stronger, more resilient and sustainable social economies in disadvantaged places. Bristol has been selected as one of twelve places in England where the Programme is available. Find out more at a session hosted by Voscur and the Black South West Network on Tuesday 24 September (10am – 1pm) at Tony Benn House, Victoria Street BS1 6AY; further details here.

8.       UWE Bristol’s Distinguished Address series of free-to-attend public lectures brings top level business leaders to Bristol. Find out more about who will be speaking this autumn here.

9.       The next round of Innovate UK’s Future Leaders Fellowships scheme is now open. The scheme aims to help the next generation of tech entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators and researchers get the support they need to develop their careers; more here.

10.   Carnegie UK Trust research suggests that towns that have successfully gone through a transformation process found that a clear narrative, sense of purpose, and understanding of their history and future aspirations were important parts of their success. The Trust’s recently launched Talk of the Town project offers support individuals to tell the story of their town, in their own words. Deadline for applications is midday, Friday 4 October; more here.

11.   BCC’s latest Economic Quarterly Briefing, together with previous ones and other information, is available here.

12.   Travelwest’s #StepItUp Stair Climb Challenge starts tomorrow Tuesday 10 September and continues to Friday 29 November, and is all about how many flights of stairs you can climb during the 80 days. You can take part as an individual or a workplace, and prizes are available; sign up here.

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