Items of Interest

This week’s Items of Interest:

1.       Bristol City Council is currently consulting on a review of its Licensing Policy and Cumulative Impact Assessment Policy, which normally cover businesses such as pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels, off licenses and late night food takeaways. The consultation deadline has been extended to Thursday 14 November. Find out more here; comments can also be emailed to


2.       As part of the Bristol Going for Gold Sustainable Food Cities campaign a conference aimed at organisations who procure, buy or source food or who have influence over those decisions, takes place on Thursday 14 November (9am-4pm) at City Hall, College Green BS1 5TR; for further details and to book click here.


3.       Recent research from the FSB shows that a third of businesses are struggling with insufficient broadband speeds currently, and that two in five say their broadband is not good enough for their future needs; read more here. 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 grants available for residents towards the costs of getting ultrafast gigabit-ready broadband. To date hundreds of local businesses have benefitted from the scheme, and there is scope for residents to join businesses in group schemes, but the offer is time-limited; find out more here.


4.       Enterprise Europe Network South West are hosting a free-to-attend event entitled The South West Innovation Support Landscape on Wednesday 6 November (8.45am-1.30pm) at SS Great Britain, Gas Ferry Road BS1 6TY. An opportunity for businesses to find out how to create, scale and grow with practical examples, easy to use tool kits, and live talks from several companies including those in new and developing sectors; more here.


5.       St Nicholas Market is one of our top independent shopping destinations supporting local businesses and sole traders and for the festive season, from Sunday 17 November the market is open every day. With over 60 indoor stalls selling everything from gourmet confectionary to handmade crafts – and special themed outdoor markets running from Wednesday 11 December – it’s the place to be for a magical Christmas; full details here.


6.       North Bristol Arts Trail: Over 100 artists open homes, studios and community spaces to show artwork ranging from paintings and sculptures to jewellery and homeware on the weekend of Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 November (10am-5pm). Many artists hold a preview night on Friday 22 November or offer live music, food or drink; full details here.

7.       As part of the Mayor’s Clean Streets campaign, Bristol Waste are working in neighbourhoods across Bristol to tackle issues such as littering, tagging, commercial waste crimes, fly-tipping and fly-posting. You can join in by making a Big Tidy business pledge and taking action to make the area around your business cleaner and greener. This will also help your business meet its legal obligations for managing its waste; find out more here.


8.       Advertising spaces are now available to book in Visit Bristol’s 2020 Official Guides so if you are interested in advertising in any of them (Visitor Guide and Conference and Events Directory) please get in touch with Faye as soon as possible:

9.       The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Be the Business, the initiative established to help boost UK business productivity, are launching a new Mentoring for Growth programme designed to connect business leaders from large, multinational companies with key decision makers and owners from SMEs, with the aim of shaping the future direction of SMEs and help boost their productivity through sharing ideas, knowledge, expertise and experience; read more here.

10.   Now in its seventh year in the UK, Small Business Saturday 2019 is on 7 December. The campaign has grown significantly each year with an estimated 812m spent in small businesses across the UK on 2018’s Small Business Saturday; further details here.

11.   55% of employees would like a savings and borrowing solution provided by their employer. Backed by Bristol Credit Union, MONEY@WORK builds financial resilience in the workplace by offering employees affordable loans and savings directly from their salary.

12.   The UK Government has recently issued annual business population estimates. At the start of 2019 there were estimated to be 5.9m UK private sector businesses; 1.4m of these had employees and 4.5m had no employees. The South West had a business density rate (the number of businesses in the UK private sector per 10,000 adults) of 1,218, one of the highest in the UK along with London and the South East; read more here. 

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