Items of Interest

1.  This year’s festive TV schedules are full of shows made in Bristol to enjoy – and there’s plenty of locally-made titles to look forward to in 2020 too. Click here for a roundup of what to look out for, all filmed at The Bottle Yard Studios and/or on location in Bristol, with assistance from Bristol Film Office.

2.  The Enterprising West of England Ones to Watch 2020 Awards is a celebration of some of the region’s most exciting and inspirational entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs who have received support from the Enterprising West of England Programme and are set for great things as we head in to 2020. Find out more – and who has been nominated – here.

3. Companies in Bristol have the highest survival rate of anywhere in the UK, new research has found; read more here.

4.  Find out more about not-for-profit South West Investment Group (SWIG) and the loan finance they can provide to local SMEs and startups here.

5. The Open University runs an internship programme which helps SMEs offer students short-term placements, assisting their efforts to attract and retain talent. Find out more, including eligibility criteria, here.

6. UWE Bristol’s Distinguished Address series of free-to-attend public lectures brings top level business leaders to Bristol. Find out more about who will be speaking early in 2020 here.

7. Business West, together with other local business organisations, are seeking views on the Clean Air Zone for Bristol; take the survey here.

8.  The Get Well Get On Employment Support Service provides free advice and support to SMEs around managing health at work. Monthly free-to-attend workshops are taking place with the first one of 2020 on Tuesday 14 January (9am-12pm) at the Old Library, Muller Road BS5 6XP. See attached for further information or email

9.  Knowle West Media Centre’s The Factory is an innovation space for making, digital fabrication and product design in the heart of South Bristol, offering training and enterprise support. Based in Filwood Green Business Park, Filwood Park Lane BS4 1Et, KWMC: The Factory offers laser and CNC cutting facilities, product design and prototyping services, and access to inductions and machine hire; more here.

10.  There are 21,000 non-UK EU citizens living, working and studying in Bristol. The UK Government has advised that all non-UK EU citizens must apply for the EU Settlement Scheme to ensure their rights are protected post-Brexit. Bristol City Council wants everyone that lives here to have their rights protected, and is offering help with applications. If you have staff, friends, family or neighbours from the EU, please make sure they find out more here.