Items of interest

1Proud to Care, a campaign which strives to increase recruitment in the care sector across the south west, is facilitating the Festival of Care on Thursday 19 March (9am-4pm) at City Hall, College Green BS1 5TR. The event will include a jobs fair with 30 employers in attendance; click here for more.

2.The Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub (STBAH) is hosting a networking event on Thursday 19 March (5.30pm-8pm) at The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, King Street BS1 4EF. The focus will be on sustainable food; full details here

3.Bristol Green Capital’s first Spark Forum of 2020 takes place on Monday 23 March (2pm-4.30pm) at Trinity Community Arts, Trinity Road BS2 0NW; more here.

4. As part of the plans to regenerate the area known as Bedminster Green, Bristol City Council is working on a number of projects to improve the area. We are seeking feedback from the local community on initial ideas for improving the River Malago and the green, and improving travel around and through the area with better routes for public transport, walking and cycling. We are also proposing changes to parking in the area with a new decked car park proposed on the site of the current Little Paradise Car Park. Find out more and give your views here. Deadline Monday 23 March.

5. The Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival returns for the eighth time between Thursday 26 and Sunday 29 March. This year venues include St George’s, The Folk House, Fiddlers, O2 Academy, with free stages at Bambalan and Colston Hall and much more; further details here.

6.Bristol’s first Learning Festival takes place between Monday 30 March and Sunday 5 April. A range of free events, activities, skills sessions and workshops will be available across the city with over 60 organisations delivering over 240 activities during the week; more here.

7.Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects CIC’s Ask About Me is an intergenerational networking event where 100 young people will have the chance to network with 100 professionals. Young people will make new contacts and understand more about how they can start their dream career, while the professionals will meet a diverse pool of local talent that they may not otherwise have access to. The event takes place on Wednesday 1 April (5.30pm-8.30pm) at Colston Hall BS1 5AR; more here.

8.  Bristol’s new One City Climate Strategy has recently been launched. Building on the movement of Bristol organisations declaring a climate emergency, the strategy looks to accelerate and coordinate climate action in the next few years and sets out a shared vision for Bristol in 2030. It describes the challenges along with the opportunities for investment and job creation as Bristol moves towards clean energy and away from polluting fossil fuels within the city.

9.Acas has released updated guidance on the national minimum wage, including the new rates coming in next month; more here.

10.Entries are open for the 2020/21 Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards and businesses are encouraged to start their submissions without delay; more here.