Items of Interest

1.The UK Government has recently announced new measures to protect the UK high street from aggressive rent collection and closure. High street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus pandemic; more here.

2.Visit Bristol has a list of restaurants, cafes, bars, breweries and tea rooms delivering food and drink to the city’s homes; view it here.

3. The Ways2Work employment support network is regularly updating its COVID-19 support webpage; view it here.

4. A selection of short virtual seminars and workshops, courtesy of Barclays Digital Eagles: Business Resilience through Coronavirus on Wednesday 29 April (10am), book here; Why social inclusion for sustainability in business matters on Thursday 30 April (2.30pm), book here; Must do Marketing jobs for lockdown on Thursday 30 April (4pm), book here; and Growing your business with data on Friday 1 May (10am), book here.

5. The UK Government’s High Street Taskforce’s website has a range of resources, including a four-stage coronavirus recovery framework for impacted towns and cities here, and a short podcast from Professor Cathy Parker reflecting on the challenges of a return to high streets here.

6. Tech Nation is hosting a virtual session on Thursday 30 April (3pm-5pm), involving amongst other things a detailed look into the local tech scene to understand the numbers and how they impact your area, and a high calibre panel commentary on the findings of the recently issued Tech Nation Report; more here.

7. Advertising company Ocean has launched a 10m fund to offer advertising support to the retailers and SMEs most severely affected by the Covid-19 crisis. It will give businesses and brands access to advertising space across Ocean screens in 12 UK cities, including Bristol; further details here.

8.Are you aged between 18 and 30? Passionate about ideas? Do you like to think outside the box? As part of Innovate UK’s Young Innovators campaign, five virtual free-to-attend regional events are taking place to allow you to explore your full potential and connect you to support available regionally and nationally. The South West event takes place on Wednesday 6 May 10am-4pm); more here.

9.Better By Bike has been dropping off its fleet of bikes to NHS Key Workers across Bristol to help them get to work. Watch the video here and if you are or know a key worker interested in a free loan bike visit the Better By Bike website for more info here. And Sustrans have launched an interactive map for key workers across the UK, which shows offers and discounts that they’re able to access at bike shops; more here.

10. Bristol Plays Music has responded to the closure of schools and the need for lockdown learning by creating a Virtual Academy, providing existing and new music students in Bristol with individual music lessons; find out more here.

11.   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.