This week’s ShopLocal Bristol items of interest

1.       Scale Up 4 Growth (S4G) is a free programme of support, being delivered by UWE Bristol, Natwest and Foot Anstey, for businesses in the West of England that are looking to grow, expand and scale. The S4G team cordially invite you to join them for their final, free-of-charge two-day workshop of 2019 on Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 September at 2 Glass Wharf BS2 0FR. See attached for more detail, and if you’d like to attend please email to by this Thursday 5 September 2019 to confirm your place.

2.       Britain’s Best Small Shop competition is managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC). This year focuses on consumer engagement and how independent retailers promote all that is special about their businesses to the local community and consumers at large. The competition closes on Monday 9 September and a shortlist of the most impressive applicants will be invited to attend a reception in the House of Commons in November; more here and here.

3.       The free-to-attend Get Connected Bristol Business Expo is at We the Curious, Anchor Road BS1 5DB on Wednesday 25 September(10am – 3pm). The event presents an opportunity to find out more about Business West’s ERDF-funded Enterprising West of England programme at their stand; more here.

4.       The Bristol Pound celebrates its 7th Birthday on Wednesday 25 September (5pm – 8pm) at a free-to-attend event at The Foundation, Triodos Bank, Deanery Road BS1 5AS; more here.

5.       The South Gloucestershire Business Show 2019 takes place on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 October at Bristol & Bath Science Park, Emersons Green BS16 7FR. Free-to-attend, the event is a chance to network for all businesses across the West of England region, whatever their size – small or large, startup or established; book here.

6.       The Travelwest Sustainable Travel Awards 2019 are taking place at Weston Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare in November. If you are a business based in West of England you’re invited to submit applications and gain recognition for your hard work in the field of sustainable transport.  Applications close on Friday 4 October. To find out more and download an application form please click here.

7.       The FSB notes that only around one in three EU citizens currently resident in the UK have applied for the “settled status” needed to remain in the UK after Brexit. If you employ EU citizens, they can apply for settled status if they have been in the UK for more than five years, or pre-settled status if they have been resident for fewer than five. Full guidelines can be found here.

8.       Going for Gold is a city-wide effort to change food in Bristol for good, and be recognised as a Gold Sustainable Food City by the end of 2020. To mark Organic September, Bristol Going for Gold are offering the chance to win a delicious hamper packed with organic goodies for anyone who signs up to any of the Buying Better actions for individuals on the Going for Gold website.

9.   Three new drinking water fountains have been installed in Bristol Shopping Quarter with five more across the city centre either already installed or coming very soon; read more here.

10.   This article outlines some of the latest developments in Bristol relating to 5G, including how the technology was tested during the recent Harbour Festival.

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