ShopLocal Bristol items of interest

This week’s Items of Interest:

1.       The next in the series of free-to-attend Lloyds Digital Academy training courses for small businesses include: Thursday 26 September (9.30am-12.30pm)at Lloyds Harbourside BS1 5LL and Friday 27 September (9.30am-11am) at Engine Shed, Station Approach BS1 6QH (helping customers find you online; learning about online analytics; and reaching more people with digital marketing).

2.       The 14th annual St. Werburghs Arts Trail takes place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September at venues across the area; more here.

3.       Taking over The Station, Silver Street BS1 2AG, the free-to-attend Frequencies returns to Bristol on Saturday 28 September (2.45pm-9.30pm). A national initiative enabling people aged under 21 interested in a music career to access insider knowledge of the music industry, try out new sounds, sign up to perform live on stage and get 1:1 professional feedback, collaborate with professionals and other upcoming artists, and meet industry representatives; more here.

4.       Bristol Waste Company is running an Autumn Litter Blitz to encourage individuals and communities in Bristol to help clean up their local areas. Bristol Waste can help by providing you with all the kit you need to get the job done safely, and pick up bags of waste and recycling for free. To book your kit for the October Blitz visit the Bristol Waste website here.

 5.      A new report from Power to Change finds that greater community ownership of high street properties could lead to many fewer empty shops, compared to ownership by private-sector interests such as real estate companies and overseas investors; read more here.

6.       The annual Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns on Friday 18 October (9.30am – 5pm) at the Mercure Grand Hotel, Broad Street BS1 2EL. The event brings together some of the UK’s most influential female entrepreneurs, business leaders and brightest start-ups to provide you with detailed and practical insight into how to grow your business; book here.

7.       Be on Board,  which aims to support businesses and organisations to improve the diversity of their Governing Bodies and Boards, and NatWest are hosting a conference on Thursday 7 November  (9.30am – 5pm) at Trinity Quay 2, Avon Street BS2 0PT. The theme of the conference is Inclusive Leadership Now; book here.

8.       Further to recently noting the support from Tech Nation available for digital businesses, three programmes are now open for applications for one month: Early Stage: Rising StarsMid Stage: Upscale; and Late Stage: Future Fifty.

9.   Read more here about Bristol City Centre BID’s recently launched Tap for Bristol contactless donation scheme to help the city’s homelessness charities.

10.   Easton has been named by Time Out as one of the fifty coolest neighbourhoods in the world; more here.

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