Items of Interest

  •  View a list of local Christmas Markets, courtesy of Visit Bristol, here.
  •  The short film Somewhere Special, commissioned by Bristol City Centre BID, showcases Christmas shopping, sightseeing and socialising on Park Street and Queens Road, and forms part of the BID’s Christmas campaign 2019; more here.
  • Caring in Bristol are delivering their annual Caring at Christmas project providing crucial support to those experiencing homelessness in Bristol over the festive period; find out more, including how to get involved, here.
  •  If you have a retail premises you may be eligible for a business rate discount. From April 2019 to April 2021 certain retail premises can have a business rates discount. The discount will be provided to eligible occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 in 2019/20 and 2020/21; further details here.
  •      On Thursday 12 December, Innovate UK will be opening the first round of a new Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (MKTP) programme designed to help smaller firms to grow through improved management practices. The cost of these partnerships is shared by participants and Innovate UK. The deadline for applications is 19 February 2020. For further information, including how to contact an adviser to determine eligibility, click here.
  •     Nominations for the Bristol Young Heroes Awards close this Friday 13 December. The 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; more here.
  •     Two opportunities for festive shopping visits to local art studio collectives: the In Bristol Studio’s Christmas Fair on Barton Hill trading estate BS5 9BB runs across the weekend of Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 December; more here. And Estate of the Arts’ Winter Fair and open studio takes place on Sunday 15 December at South Liberty Lane BS3 2SG; more here.
  •       Access Bristol Aging Better’s toolkit designed to support local businesses who want to be more age-friendly here.
  •      Find out how to get involved in Going for Gold, the collective city-wide effort to change food in Bristol for good, and gain recognition as a Gold Sustainable Food City by the end of 2020, here.
  •       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.