Items of Interest

This week’s Items of Interest: 

1.       The School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington is holding a Community Business Trade Up Taster Session on Thursday 14 November (10am-12pm) at  Triodos Bank, Deanery Road BS1 5AS. Come along to find out how the match-funded Community Business Trade Up Programme can support your business; book here. The deadline for applications to the Programme itself is Wednesday 27 November.


2.       EU Exit Survey: To enable a better understanding of your opinions and concerns the West of England Growth Hub are asking businesses to complete a survey highlighting your views regarding the proposed exit of the UK from the EU; take the survey here.

3.       View a list of local Christmas Markets taking place over the coming weeks, courtesy of Visit Bristol, here.

4.       The Free From Festival focuses on people that are living their life ‘free from’ gluten, dairy or refined sugar, and takes place on Saturday 23 November (11am-5pm) at the Passenger Shed, Station Approach BS1 6QH; more here.


5.       Find out more about Broadmead BID’s latest mystery shopping competition showcasing great customer service – and who won what – here.


6.       Back Her Business is a free programme to help women-formed businesses (including tech, tech enabled and non-tech businesses) to access world class business support from SETsquared Bristol and help to set up a crowdfunding campaign. The launch event, in partnership with Natwest and Crowdfunder, is on Tuesday 26 November (6pm-8pm) at Engine Shed, Station Approach BS1 6QH and features a panel discussion with a diverse and inspirational group of women founders.  Find out more here and sign up to attend the event here.


7.       The next Boost Bristol networking event for local small businesses takes place on Tuesday 26 November (6pm-8pm) at Unilit Club, Berkeley Square BS8 1HP, with the theme of Being Brand You. The event has talks from three brand experts and includes a panel discussion. Tickets just £12, hot drinks, nibbles and wine included and all proceeds go to Young Bristol; more information and book here.


8.       Fair Saturday, a celebration of culture and social causes in 180 cities around the world, returns on Saturday 30 November, and Bristol is taking part once again. Falling the day after Black Friday, Fair Saturday serves as an antidote to pre-Christmas sales pushes from large corporations by championing local causes instead. This can involve anything from community choirs and theatre companies to market stalls and social enterprises; find out more here or email BCC’s Arts & Events Team at


9.       Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) can offer expertise and graduate talent to help businesses grow – see information here. Operating in the same way, Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (MKTPs) encourage projects where the knowledge being transferred relates to management skills and strategic decision-making, with a focus on productivity and improvement. An additional £25m in grant funding for MKTPs has recently been made available by InnovateUK. For more information contact the UWE Bristol KTP Office at


10.   The UK Government’s Business Basics Fund supports projects that test methods of encouraging SMEs to boost their productivity through ways of working and technology. With grant funding of up to £400k per project available, Round 3 focuses on technologies which support business and administrative functions such as payment practices, accountancy and human resources, and closes on Wednesday 4 December; more here.

11.   With £100m available over ten years the Community Fund’s Climate Action Fund will support communities in the UK to take local action on climate change. These communities will stand as beacons of what is possible when people take the lead on climate change; more here. Initial ideas must be submitted by Wednesday 18 December.


12.   Bristol won the Best Food or Beverage Destination of the Year award in the recently announced World Food Travel Association’s 2019 Food Trekking Awards; more here.