Items of Interest

This week’s Items of Interest:

1.       The South West Expo Bristol is at the Bristol Pavilion, Neville Road BS7 9EJ on Thursday 28 November (10am-3pm); full details and register here.

2.       Bristol 2019: A New Kind of Community, a photographic exhibition celebrating Bristol’s community businesses is at Trinity Centre, Trinity Road BS2 0NW between Thursday 28 November and Thursday 5 December (9am-5pm); more here.

3.       An event showcasing the Gainsborough Square shutter murals takes place at The Hub, Gainsborough Square BS7 9FB on Saturday 30 November (3pm-6pm); see invitation here and RSVP to artsdevelopment@bristol.gov.uk if attending. The event forms part of Fair Saturday.

4.       Etsy Made Local Bristol returns to City Hall, College Green BS1 5TR on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December. A whole host of local artists, crafters, makers and sellers, with a huge range of products for sale – illustration, homeware, clothing, art, stationery, ceramics, knitwear, jewellery, cosmetics; more here.

5.       Glos Rd Central’s Christmas Street Party takes place on Thursday 5 December. Shops and businesses will stay open late to bring you tasty treats, live music and charity stalls; full details here.

6.       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. Read more here and see what’s happening locally here – and if there are any events you’re aware of or participating in please let us know so we can update the list.

7.       Bristol city centre’s Christmas lights are more extensive than ever this year with the inclusion of King Street. Funded and organised by the City Centre business improvement district (BID), the UK-manufactured light displays feature the latest in low energy technology, minimising the impact on the environment and keeping energy costs as low as possible; more here.

8.       Showcasing the products of local young entrepreneurs, the Prince’s Trust Makers Market Christmas Pop Up Shop at St Nicholas Market, Corn Street BS1 1JQ is open daily till Saturday 21 December (9.30am-5pm); more here.

9.       Replant Bristol launched the city’s biggest ever tree planting campaign last week, calling on local businesses to plant One Tree Per Employee this Christmas. The scheme aims to plant 250,000 trees by 2030, one for every employed person in the city, and will contribute towards the city’s target of doubling canopy cover by 2046. To find out more and get involved, click here.

10.   Creative Scale Up is a £1.3m Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) pilot programme designed to support creative businesses in the West of England to grow and access finance; read more here.

11.   Do you want to feel healthier and happier this December? Then why not take part in #ActiveAdvent. This new initiative from Travelwest will help you boost your activity levels and well-being during the darkest month of the year. To find out more click here.

12.   In this year’s FSB Small Business Friendly awards competition for local authorities in Gloucestershire and the West of England, Bristol City Council has won in theMost Innovative Small Business Campaign category for its work on social value; more here.

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