Items of Interest

This week’s Items of Interest:

1.       The seventh annual Small Business Saturday is this Saturday 7 December. An estimated £812m was spent in small businesses across the UK on the corresponding day last year. 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.

2.       St Mark’s Road in Easton has won in the Great Street category of the 2020 Urbanism Awards, with the judges declaring it “diverse, popular and full of delight. It is a perfect example of community-led urbanism. The local community have achieved success in terms of identity, culture and vitality. The street creates cohesion across many cultural backgrounds and this mixed group are well served by the local business and the quality of street life here”; read more here and here.

3.       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.

4.       View Visit Bristol’s 2019 #MerryBristol film here.

5.       Read more about Visa’s nationwide campaign to support small businesses this Christmas here.

6.       UWE Bristol’s podcast series Talking Talent provides bite-sized insights into how businesses and organisations can access the best talent the university has to offer – whatever their sector or size. With research finding that ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely to financially outperform the national industry median, and therefore their competitors, this Talking Talent episode focuses on the award winning UWE Bristol Equity programme, launched in response to the disadvantages Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students face upon entering the labour market.

7.       Nominations for this year’s Voscurs Bristol’s Social Impact Awards close on Friday 6 December; more here.

8.       Bristol Libraries’ Library Innovation Fund will enable communities to lead on putting the ideas they have about their local library and the library building into action. Projects could range from buying furniture or equipment to funding activities such as creative writing workshops. It could also be used as match funding for a larger project. Deadline for draft applications is Friday 13 December; full details here.

9.       The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards recognise the best small businesses and the self-employed from right across the UK – from every sector and industry and from businesses of all ages and all sizes. Organised on a regional basis they are free to enter and are open to all small businesses, whether current FSB members, or not. Find out more and enter here. The South West regional deadline is Friday 10 January.

10.   The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) provides free and impartial information and advice to employers – both big and small – and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law, supporting the good relationships between employers and employees which underpin business success. The service also provides good value, high quality training and tailored advice to employers; click here for more and here for a list of upcoming events in the south west.