Items of Interest

This week’s Items of Interest:

  1. Bristol@Night is an independent advisory panel 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. The Enterprising West of England Ones to Watch Business Awards were held last week at the Bristol Old Vic. The awards celebrated some of the region’s most exciting and inspirational entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs; read more here
  3. The UK Government’s short survey on the proposed register of empty commercial properties is due to close this Sunday 9 February. Intended to gain a better understanding of the challenges in identifying landlords of vacant commercial properties, it can be taken here.
  4. Window Wanderland transforms high streets and surrounding areas into magical, outdoor galleries, where anything goes and you never know what’s around the next corner. At least three events in the Bristol area are happening this month: BS9 this weekend, starting Friday 7 February; Chandos, beginning Saturday 22 February; and Bishopston beginning Saturday 29 February; full details here.
  5. Hospitality Works is a national initiative helping employers in hospitality to highlight jobs and career opportunities in their sector. Led by a partnership including Jobcentre Plus, UK Hospitality and the British Beer & Pub Association, it begins on Monday 10 February; find out more here
  6. Businesses in the Redcliffe and Temple area of Bristol are invited to a workshop hosted by the proposed Redcliffe & Temple Business Improvement District (BID). The workshop will focus on what could be done to make it easier to navigate and travel within the Redcliffe and Temple area. The event takes place on Tuesday 11 February (3:30pm-5.30pm) at Smith and Williamson, Portwall Place BS1 6NA; register for the event here.
  7. The Bristol Equality Network has their first meeting on Thursday 13 February (2pm-4.30pm) at Coutts and Co Meeting Rooms, 2 Avon Street BS2 0PT. The Network has been set up to help improve equality, diversity and inclusion across Bristol. Organisations can sign the Bristol Equality Charter to work towards equality in Bristol and share best practices. If you would like to register to attend the meeting, please click here.
  8. Read more about a new Bristol Waste initiative aiming to prevent the thousands of disposable cups thrown away each day in Bristol from going to waste here.
  9. Find out more about subsidised ethical trade training for SMEs via a UK Government funded scheme here.
  10. With one in six workers experiencing a mental health problem at any one time, and stress thought to be responsible for almost half of working days lost in Britain due to health issues, the relationship between mental health and the workplace is a complex one. A new report published by Deloitte estimates that poor mental health is costing UK employers up to £45bn. However, the report also demonstrates that investment in mental health brings an average return of £5 for every £1 spent. Read more and download the report here.
  11. Innovate2Succeed (I2S), a programme delivered by Enterprise Europe Network and funded by Innovate UK, is offering innovative businesses in south west England up to 7 days of free business support to help develop new products or technologies, or take existing products or services to new customers or markets. For more information call 01275 370 813 or email
  12. Entries for the National Pub & Bar Awards 2020 close on Friday 27 March; more here.


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