Items of Interest

This week’s Items of Interest

1.   Upcoming workshops from Business West include: Business Planning & Finance on Thursday 7 November (10am-4pm), more here; and Using Social Media in Your Business on Tuesday 19 November (12.30pm-4.30pm), more here. Both events are at Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh BS8 3RA.

2.   The Prince’s Trust are holding a Makers Market Christmas Pop Up Shop at the covered market, St Nicholas Market BS1 1JQ between Monday 11 November and Saturday 21 December (9.30-5pm); see attached for more detail.

3.  Across the UK, the consumer spending power of disabled people and their families – the Purple Pound – is worth 249bn and is rising by an average of 14% per annum. Purple Tuesday on 12 November, is about creating a step change improvement in the awareness of the value and needs of disabled customers; read more here.

4.   Following consultation with businesses, the Draft Prospectus is now available for the proposed Redcliffe & Temple Business Improvement District (BID). This details the projects which prospective levy payers have identified as being priorities for the BID. The BID team welcome feedback on the proposals so please get in touch with any comments or suggestions. To read the Draft Prospectus, please click here.

5.   A newly-released FSB report has revealed the impact of crime on businesses in the South West. The report found that in the South West almost a third of small firms have been the victim of a traditional crime such as theft and criminal damage, and around a quarter of small firms in the region have been hit by some form of cybercrime; read more, including some recommendations to help with the problem, here.

6.       The Digital Innovation Business Acceleration Hub, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) offers free bespoke business support and coaching to help innovative companies in the West of England achieve their potential. Find out more about how the Hub has supported a Bristol-based business here.

7.    On Sunday 17 November join TEDxBristol at Bristol Old Vic, King Street BS1 4ED for Reflect. Rethink. Reboot – a day of live inspirational talks and activities focused on not just surviving, but thriving in uncertain times; full details here.

8.  The Festival of the Economics takes place between Tuesday 19 and Friday 22 November; full details here.

9.    Business in the Community (BITC) would like to invite you to the free-to-attend launch of their ground-breaking new programme Still Ready for Work on Tuesday 26 November (1.30pm-3pm) at the Aviva Centre, Stoke Gifford BS34 8SW. Starting in Bristol and then rolling out nationally, the programme will be the first employer-led programme designed to help people aged 50+ find work and builds on a successful pilot programme in Bristol supported by the Anchor Society; book your place here.

10.   The Future Bright service is aimed at helping West of England businesses and employees realise their full potential through developing workplace skills. Among other things it supports businesses by providing access to training and development, and identifying ways to motivate your staff, increase productivity and reduce absenteeism; more here. Future Bright is managed by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and delivered locally by the region’s local councils; for Bristol call 0117 9222250 or email

11.   The UK Government has produced a report on the impact of incubators and accelerators on start-up businesses and on the wider business ecosystem; more here.