Items of Interest

1.   Bristol City Council is seeking views on a new proposal to pedestrianise the Old City in central Bristol, as part of ongoing plans to improve the area. The council wants to make the area pedestrian-friendly by restricting vehicles during core shopping hours to encourage walking and cycling, reduce air pollution and make more street space available for commercial and cultural activities. To view the proposal and to comment on the plans, please complete the feedback survey, which closes on Friday 20 March, here.

2.  Businesses in the Redcliffe and Temple area of Bristol are invited to a workshop hosted by the proposed Redcliffe & Temple Business Improvement District on Thursday 5 March (8am-10am) at NatWest, Avon Street BS2 0PT. The workshop will focus on how the BID could improve the overall environment of the area by making it cleaner, greener, and a more pleasant place to spend time. To register for the event please click here.

3.  On behalf of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), Travelwest is seeking views on bus services, cycling and walking in the West of England. Two consultations are open till Sunday 15 March for the region’s Bus Strategy and Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure plan; more here.

4.  Two upcoming workshops from Business West, both at Leigh Court BS8 3RA (both between 12.30pm-4.30pm): book here for Creating a Social Media Strategy on Monday 23 March; and here for Introduction to Selling on Tuesday 24 March.

5. The winners of this year’s FSB South West Small Business Awards have been announced; most of the category winners will now qualify for the national finals taking place in London in May; more here.

6. If you’re a business in the tourism and leisure sector and are planning a seasonal event or promotion you may be able to promote it via the Visit Bristol website here. Upcoming occasions to bear in mind are Mother’s Day (22 March) and the Easter Holidays (4 – 19 April)

7.   A new multi-venue music festival comes to Bristol this month. Ritual Union takes place in and around Nelson Street – SWX, The Lanes and Rough Trade – on Saturday 28 March; more here.

8. The Fredericks Foundation’s mission is to provide access to small business loans to people excluded from mainstream credit. In 2019, for the first time, the Foundation awarded more loans to women than men; more here.

9.  Companies can recruit UWE Bristol students and graduates through the university’s CareerHub; more here.

10.   The UK Government has recently launched two free-to-use digital tools for businesses exporting goods in and out of the UK market. The Trade with the UK tool provides businesses exporting goods into the UK market with detailed and up-to-date information on topics such as tariffs, taxes and rules. The Check How to Export Goods tool provides exporters of goods out of the UK market with information such as duties and customs procedures for over 160 markets around the world; more here.

11.   Celebrating all things film & moving image in Bristol, the city’s first UNESCO City of Film showreel is now available; view it here.

12.   Collecteco partners with businesses to donate surplus furniture, equipment and materials to charities, schools, NHS Trusts and other not for profit organisations; find out more here.