Items of Interest

1.An emergency business resilience support service in Bristol is now live, providing assistance to micro businesses (less than 10 employees), including the self-employed/freelancers, in business sectors/activities across the city facing particular difficulty as a result of the current coronavirus lock-down. The website can be accessed here, or phone the helpline 0800 917 9324 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri) or email bristolcovidresponse@outset.org.

2.Bristol City Council is carrying out a short survey of the city’s businesses and organisations to gain a more detailed understanding of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. While we fully appreciate this is a challenging time, any information you provide will help inform any future business support we might develop, either as a council, or with partner organisations, to work alongside that offered by the UK Government. You can access the survey here, and please circulate amongst your networks. With thanks to those who have already contributed.

3.BCC’s Employment Support Team are helping residents of Bristol by publicising local temporary vacancies. If you are looking for temp (or new) staff, please send any local vacancies to chris.mitchell@bristol.gov.uk who will add them to our various email network, website and social media feeds. All that Employment Support do is aimed at helping residents into work and is free of charge. The Team are also preparing a series of short reports on the impact of Covid-19 on employment in different sectors in Bristol. If you are able to, please forward a paragraph – anecdote or statistics – to Chris at the above address, or if you prefer to me and I’ll forward them on.

4.This short YouTube clip highlights how a number of local independents are adapting to the current lockdown.

5.A new campaign from the National Cyber Security Centre is intended to highlight cyber security threats to the public during the current outbreak, given that criminals could look to capitalise on increased use of internet devices. The Centre has already taken down 2,000 scams – including 471 fake online shops – trying to trick people looking for coronavirus-related services; more here.

6. Bristol Food Kind, a campaign from the team behind Bristol’s bid to become a Gold Sustainable Food City, offers people staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic practical ideas on how to shop, reduce food waste and grow at home in a way that benefits yourselves and the wider community, and contributes to the city’s food response; more here.

7.Find out more about the online courses available to businesses via the Lloyds Bank Academy here.

8. Bristol Old Vic is involved in a number of initiatives to maintain access to the city’s arts and cultural scene during lockdown; find out more here.

9.Coordinated by Bedminster BID, the East Street Vision project has set up an interactive website so that the local community and all people with a connection to East Street can help shape its future. The site includes an interactive map of East Street where you can post ideas, thoughts and photos, together with a series of themed surveys – one of which is for East Street businesses – which, if completed, enters you into a draw to win a 50 voucher to spend in selected independent shops on the street; view the site here.

10.SETsquared Bath is continuing to support SME and startup companies virtually through the ERDF Business Acceleration Hubs (BAH) – the Sustainable Technologies BAH, Advanced Engineering BAH and Digital Innovation BAH. Companies from across the West of England innovating within these sectors can therefore continue to take advantage of the free support available; click here for more.

11.Supporting children and young people in their learning is difficult at the best of times. Juggling parenting and work is a difficult balance to strike, which has been further complicated by school closures, isolation and the nationwide lockdown. The Bristol Learning City Resource Directory is a list of resources produced by Bristol based educators and learning providers, which will be added to in the coming days and weeks; more here. The site also includes a link to the Department for Education’s list of resources.