Items of Interest

This week’s Items of Interest:

1.       Tonight’s BBC Panorama programme (at 8.30pm) will focus on the UK Government’s plans regarding the nation’s run down town centres; morehere.

2.       The annual Make Music Day, which always takes place in June, is an international grassroots DIY festival of music, and anyone can perform or organise an event. Find out more about how the day will take shape in Bristol at a free-to-attend networking event on Monday 20 January (4.30pm-6.30pm) at St George’s, Great George Street BS1 5RR; more here.

3.       Outset’s Introduction to Enterprise course on Tuesday 21 & Thursday 23 January is fully funded and will be ideal for people looking to start their new business while the year and decade are still young. Click herefor further information and contact to reserve a place. The course forms part of the Enterprising West of England programme supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

4.       Businesses in the Redcliffe and Temple area of Bristol are invited to a workshop hosted by the proposed Redcliffe & Temple BID on Wednesday 22 January (8am-10am) at TLT, One Redcliff Street BS1 6TP. The event will focus on how the BID would represent the views of businesses and develop a business community focused on key issues such as the environment and health and well-being. To register for the event please click here.

5.       The Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub’s first quarterly networking event of 2020 is on Thursday 23 January (5.30pm-8pm) at The Huntsman, North Parade, Bath BA1 1LJ. Free to attend, the focus will be sustainability in the fashion and cosmetic sector; book here.

6.       BBC Digital Cities is returning to Bristol for 2020, with a week-long series of events for the creative industries at venues across the city. Starting on Saturday 25 January, there will be a full and varied schedule across the week, offering sector insights and free digital skills training; full details here.

7.       Travelwest still have match-funded grants available to help you and your staff travel sustainably in 2020. Past projects include cycle parking, lockers, cycle repair stations and electric vehicle charge points but this list isn’t exhaustive. Fully funded small grants up to the value of 250 are also available, with some ideas for this funding including organising a bike/walk breakfast or purchasing prizes to run your own active travel challenge. The deadline for applications is Friday 31 January 2020 so please get in touch with Travelwest’s business engagement team at

8.       The deadline for filing online self-assessment tax returns is Friday 31 January. Help and support from HMRC, including a series of webinars and YouTube videos, can be found here.

9.       Nominations for the Bristol Life Awards 2020, celebrating the best of the city’s businesses, are open. There are numerous categories including Cafi>, Retailer, Restaurant, Arts, Technology & Innovation and New Business; full details here.

10.   And the annual MTM Awards celebrate the essence of business and culture across the South West region’s diverse Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic communities, as well as the individuals who go the extra mile in their field; find out who won what at the most recent ceremony here.

11.   Please note that the PopUp Business School mentioned in last week’s bulletin is now taking place week beginning Monday 9 March; more information and how to book here.

12.   Saturday’s Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade drew thousands on to the streets of south Bristol; read more here.