Items of Interest

1. Information for businesses relating to COVID-19 – including information on business rates discounts and trading through this period – can be found on BCC’s website here.

2.  Events due to take place in the near future mentioned in recent bulletins that have been cancelled, postponed or suspended due to COVID-19 include: St Nick’s Night Market (27 March); Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival (beginning 26 March); Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects CIC’s Ask About Me (1 April); Prince’s Trust Explore Enterprise course (beginning 21 April).

3. Wriggle’s Indie Kitty is designed to help support independent restaurants, bars and cafes through the COVID-19 outbreak. It allows you to enjoy a meal or drink at your favourite restaurant in the future by buying a voucher for it now. These vouchers will help put cash in tills so these venues keep in business. Wriggle will make no profit from this to ensure as much money gets to these businesses as possible; find out more here.

4. Acas are running a series of advisory webinars for employers in the light of COVID-19, with the next ones scheduled for Thursday 2 and Tuesday 7 April, more here.

5. With regard to COVID-19, the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has a dedicated page of resources for retailers on its website; view it here. 

6. Mind, the mental health charity, has lots of information available around looking after your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak including tips on working from home, how to connect with people during social distancing and staying active. You can find information about this and much more on their website here.

7.Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) are gathering information on the skills gaps and training needs SMEs face in the West of England, now and as we move forwards into a new decade. This is a great opportunity for employers operating in every sector to demonstrate their needs for future skills provision and help to shape future delivery in the region. The deadline for receipt of contributions is now the end of April; take the survey here.

8. The Tech Nation Report has been the UK’s State of the Nation report on tech since 2015. Each year Tech Nation has monitored the growth of the sector, and provided information about opportunities and challenges. Read more about the latest 2020 report here.

9. If you have or are aware of any stories of how the local business community is positively responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, please let us know. For the foreseeable future we intend to issue our bulletin on a more regular basis.