Items of Interest

This week’s Items of Interest: 

1.       Read more about the range of festive events taking place in Bedminster in the run up to Christmas here. Facilitated by Bedminster business improvement district (BID), activities include wreath making workshops, a Christmas silent disco and late night shopping on North Street.


2.       Join Made in Bristol’s illustrators, painters, jewellers, designer-makers, sculptors, and photographers as they fill the foyer of Colston Hall BS1 5AR with thousands of hand-crafted gifts, perfect for those looking for unique and original Christmas treats – on three consecutive weekends from Saturday 23 November (10am-6pm); more here.

3.       The deadline for Bristol City Council’s 1 year Originators grant funding programme for arts & culture 2020-21 is noon on Monday 25 November; further details here.


4.       Over the last three years the Social Enterprise & Innovation Programme (funded via ERDF) has supported over 400 start-up and existing social enterprises in the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area. A Celebration & Showcase event takes place on Tuesday 26 November (6pm-8pm) at Guildhall, Bath BA1 5AW; more here.

5.       The Bristol Pound November Meetup for members and those interested in city’s local currency takes place on Tuesday 26 November (5.30pm-7.30pm) at The Foundation, St Georges Road BS1 5BE; further details here.

6.       Are you interested in leasing a building or land from Bristol City Council, want to find out about Community Asset Transfer (CAT) and understand the application process; have you already started on the process and want help to make it successful? If so then join Voscur and BCC for the Navigating Community Asset Transfer event on Thursday 28 November (1pm-4.30pm) at PBA Sports & Social Club, Nibley Road BS11 9XW; click here for more information and to book your place.


7.       Did you know over 17m working people in the UK do not have the essential digital skills required for work; nearly 12m adults lack essential digital skills; and that within 20 years 90% of all jobs will require digital skills to some degree? is a new coalition of leading companies and civil society groups working in collaboration with government to boost the UK’s digital skills; find out more here.


8.       Innovate UK’s Global Business Innovation Programme, delivered by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), is organising a series of events in South Korea including a visit to the country for up to 15 digital health SMEs with emerging technologies in this field. The 5 day programme will be visiting the country in March next year which will enable delegates to create opportunities for technology collaboration. Register here – deadline Friday 6 December.

9.       Do you know a young hero? The Bristol Young Heroes Awards recognise the invaluable contribution that Bristol’s young people aged 11 to 19 make to the city, particularly those who have overcome difficult circumstances, made a difference in the lives of others or who have achieved the extraordinary! The 7th annual BYHA will take place in May 2020 at We the Curious. Find out more and nominate your young hero here. Nominations close on Friday 13 December.


10.   St Pauls Carnival is gathering information about the 2019 event and invites anyone who took part in or attended Carnival to fill in this survey as soon as possible. After filling it, please feel free to share with your networks, memberships and subscribers.

11.   Bristol ranks fourth in the latest Good Growth for Cities Index. The Index measures the performance of the UK’s largest cities against 10 indicators that the public think are most important when it comes to economic wellbeing. The Index was developed in the aftermath of the financial crisis in response to the sense that we need to look beyond GDP headlines to measure economic success. Factors like jobs, income, skills and health are most important in the eyes of the public, alongside housing, transport, income distribution, work-life balance, business start-ups and the environment; more here.

12.   The recently launched Thriving at Work report from a group of Bristol-based employers draws together their experience of dealing with workplace mental health issues, with the aim of improving the working lives of people in the city. You can download a copy of the report here.