Items of Interest

1. COVID-19: UK Government guidance for employees, employers and businesses can be found here; advice from the NHS here; from the FSB here; from Acas here; from Visit Britain here; and from Enterprise Nation about how to access the support announced in last week’s budget here.

2. St Nick’s Night Market is due to return on Friday 27 March (5pm – 10pm) with a special Dal Festival edition; more here.

3. A Prince’s Trust Explore Enterprise course in Bristol begins on Tuesday 21 April. A free three day programme for young people aged 18 to 30 exploring self-employment; see attached for further information.

4. Find out who’s lined up for this year’s Bristol Comedy Garden in June here.

5.Bristol has come out on top in the Estates Gazette Sustainable Cities Index; more here.

6.Read the list of finalists for the Bristol Life 2020 Awards here.

7. For one weekend a year, Bristol Open Doors gives the people of Bristol (and beyond!) the keys to the city. Venues can apply to be part of this year’s event in September here. Bristol Open Doors would also love to hear from Bristolians about their unexplored spaces and suggestions to feature in the programme, so drop them a message on Facebook or email lucy.macdonald@architecturecentre.org.uk.

8. The Neighbourhood Planning Network are independent, voluntary planning groups working to get better community involvement in planning decisions in Bristol. NPN groups act as a conduit for early discussions with the community, to identify local issues that affect or are affected by development proposals and advise how to involve the wider community in consultation most effectively; find out more here.

9. View the latest official Bristol Conference and Venue Guide here.

10. The UK Government’s Reforming Regulation Initiative is an invitation to businesses and the public to help government ensure that regulation is sensible and proportionate. The Government is particularly interested in the needs of small businesses. The consultation closes on Thursday 11 June; give your views here.