Items of Interest

1. Bristol@Night is an independent advisory group that makes recommendations on how the city can collaboratively protect and enhance its unique and inclusive night life. An event takes place on Monday 10 February (6pm-9pm) at City Hall, College Green BS1 5TR at which the work carried out by Bristol@Night since its launch in November 2018 will be discussed and reviewed. Find out more and book here; places are limited.

2.  Industry Inside Out, a short course of three workshops open to anybody aspiring to enter or progress in the music industry begins this Wednesday 29 January (6.30pm-10pm) at Colston Hall, Colston Street BS1 5AR. Among many other things attendees will gain the basics of financial management for the self-employed, DIY artist or freelancer, get a handle on finances and learn how to negotiate fees and, crucially, get paid for their work; more here.

3. Do you have a great idea for a sustainable food business? Feeding the City Start-up 2020 is now open for applications, offering a free 12-month incubation programme to groups passionate about creating sustainable food-related businesses that benefit communities. If you want to find out more and meet like-minded people, come along to the Bristol Idea Generating workshop on Thursday 30 January (6pm-9pm) at St Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Road BS2 9JT; book here.

4. Letters from those who have been homeless are popping up around Bristol in a bid to reach out to people in similar situations. The new campaign aims to encourage people to take the first step of accepting support – a barrier one of the letter writers knows is hard to overcome; read more here.

5. Launched in January 2019, Bristol’s One City Plan describes where we want to be by 2050, and how city partners will work together to create a fair, healthy, and sustainable city. Read more, including the new One City Dashboard tool that enables you to navigate the Plan and see how we are progressing against set goals, here

6.  The West of England Health Innovation Programme (HIP) is a four day, fully funded, personal skills development course designed to support health care companies and professionals with an innovation project or product they’re working on or wishing to develop. Delivered in partnership with SETsquared, and beginning in late May the deadline to submit an application to take part is Sunday 1 March; further details here.

7.  87% of scale-up companies would grow faster if it were easier to develop their leaders through effective business coaching. Business West’s High Impact Scale up Coaching Grants of up to 5k are available to high-growth businesses in the West of England; find out more here.


8. The UK Government’s website offers information and advice about exporting. And find out more about the UK Government’s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP), providing grant funding for eligible businesses towards the costs of exhibiting at overseas trade shows, here.

9. View the Official Bristol Visitor Guide 2020 here.

10. The South West Fair Trade Business Awards celebrate the best ethical organisations in the region. Nominations for this year’s awards are now open; more here.

11. Bristol’s Ward Profiles, which provide a range of data sets about individual wards and the communities that live in them, have recently been updated; more here

12. Find out more about local not-for-profit business advice service BRAVE Enterprise, including upcoming workshops on a range of topics, here.